Rep. Barletta: President's policies, Senate inaction are preventing job creation

Aug 16, 2011
Press Release

WASHINGTON– U.S. Representative Lou Barletta, PA-11, has voted for at least 15 major bills that will create jobs across Northeastern Pennsylvania and the United States – bills that are designed to roll back the expansive overreach of the federal government and foster a pro-jobs climate.

Rep. Barletta said the following:

The key to job creation and economic recovery is found in small, private businesses, not in big government. The best thing that the government can do is to remove uncertainty regarding regulation, tax policy, and unfunded mandates so job creators can plan for and invest in the future.

The government does not create jobs, but it is very capable of destroying them. The best the government can do is create an environment that encourages job creation.

Since I was sworn in eight months ago, I’ve voted for at least 15 substantial measures that will cut burdensome over-regulation, reduce federal overspending that leads to uncertainty among job creators, encourage entrepreneurship, and fix the tax code. All of these things would lead to the creation of new jobs all across Northeastern Pennsylvania and the United States, but the Senate has failed to act on virtually all of these measures.

The fact is, job creation in America has ground to a halt because of the policies of the president and the laws enacted by the previous Congress. The government takeover of healthcare, for example, sets mandates for businesses depending on the number of employees they have. This mandate alone is keeping businesses from expanding and, in some cases, it’s making businesses get rid of workers so they don’t fall under the government quotas. That job-killing mandate is one of the reasons why I voted to repeal Obamacare. But that bill has been stalled by Senate Democrats.

We can also create more jobs by increasing domestic energy production, but this administration has stopped any and all attempts to produce our own energy. I voted for multiple bills to restart domestic energy exploration and production – both because of the jobs that would be created and because the increased output would lower the cost of fuel, further boosting the economy – but again, those bills have been stalled by Senate Democrats.

The president told us that if Congress passed his $800 billion ‘stimulus’ package, unemployment wouldn’t go above 8 percent. But it’s been over 9 percent for 25 of the last 27 months.

The policies advanced by the president and Senate Democrats have created tremendous uncertainty among job creators. During the recent debt ceiling debate, the president and Senate Democrats insisted on raising taxes on business owners – not just the “millionaires and billionaires,” but anyone whose small businesses earn more than $250,000 a year. For a small business owner, that is a very low ceiling. The threat of higher taxes during an economic slowdown will prevent a business owner from hiring more people.

My wife and I owned a business. We grew that business from a $29.95 investment to the sixth-largest company of its kind in the country. I know what it takes to create jobs, and the agenda of the president and Senate Democrats will not do it.

I hear from constituents every day that they’re hurting, that they’re worried, and that they’re looking for answers.

The Senate’s inaction is frustrating, but I will continue to push for legislation and congressional action that encourages business growth and job creation.


From the Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice:

“The protest was organized by the American Dream Movement, a coalition of labor groups, community and political organizations. Van Jones, President Obama's former special adviser for green jobs, launched the American Dream Movement in June and it is co-sponsored by the liberal public policy advocacy group” ­

– ­“Unemployment group wants to talk to Barletta about job creation,” Aug. 16, 2011



By fixing the tax code to help job creators:

H.R. 4 – Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act – Signed into law


By encouraging entrepreneurship and growth:

H.R. 1249 – America Invents Act – Passed by the House


By reducing overregulations that stifle job creation:

H.Res. 72 – Review of Federal Regulations, Passed the House

H.R. 872 – Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act – Stuck in the Senate

H.R. 910 – Energy Tax Prevention Act – Stuck in the Senate

H.J.Res. 27 – Disapproval of FCC’s Net Neutrality Regulations – Stuck in the Senate

H.R. 2018 – Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act – Stuck in the Senate

H.R. 1315 – Consumer Financial Protection & Soundness Improvement Act – Stuck in the Senate


By producing domestic energy:

H.R. 1230 – Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act – Stuck in the Senate

H.R. 1229 – Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act – Stuck in the Senate

H.R. 1231 – Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act – Stuck in the Senate

H.R. 2021 – The Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011 – Stuck in the Senate

H.R. 1938 – North American-Made Energy Security Act – Stuck in the Senate


By reducing uncertainty among job creators:

H.Con.Res. 34 – Budget for Fiscal Year 2012 – Stuck in the Senate, and the Senate has yet to consider a budget of its own

H.R. 2 – Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act – Passed the House