From my first day in office, I have been focused on getting Americans back to work.  Local unemployment rates in Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District have remained higher than state and national averages for far too long.

I have taken steps to ensure that Americans get jobs.  In the 112th Congress, I voted for and the House of Representatives passed more than 50 jobs bills to empower small business owners, fix the tax code, increase the competitiveness for U.S. manufacturers, encourage entrepreneurship and growth, and maximize domestic energy production.  Thirty-nine of these important bills died in the Senate, including my own bill, the Disaster Loan Fairness Act (H.R. 6296).

I believe the key to job creation and economic recovery is found in small, private businesses.  After starting a small business on a $29.95 investment and growing it into the sixth-largest business of its kind in the nation, I understand the importance of policies that will encourage businesses to hire employees.  Right now, the federal government is too big, too intrusive, and too expensive to allow the private sector to create jobs.  We need to make sure young people today have enough confidence in the economy to take a risk and start their own business.

Additionally, raising taxes on small businesses will only weaken our job-creating environment.  I supported legislation to provide permanent tax relief for 99 percent of American taxpayers (H.R. 8).  It makes permanent 90 percent of the tax policies enacted in President Bush's term a decade ago, including the capital gains and dividends tax rates for middle-class families.  It also permanently alters the estate tax, the so-called ‘death tax,’ so family farms and small businesses aren't crippled after the passing of a loved one.

More on Jobs

Mar 15, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) introduced H.R. 5294, the Treating Barriers to Prosperity Act of 2018.

Nov 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) received commitment from U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta to work directly with the Congressional Job Corp Caucus, which Barletta co-chairs, to protect and improve this important program.  Barletta questioned Secretary Acosta during a House Education and the Workforce Committee hearing entitled “Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S.

Nov 8, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11), Republican Co-Chair of the Job Corps Caucus, claimed victory in his fight to protect the Job Corps program from impending cuts by the Department of Labor (DOL). This week Barletta, along with Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) and Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr.

Oct 12, 2017 Opinion Editorial

Back in 1986, Ronald President Reagan reignited the American dream. 

Through simplification and reduction, the tax code's suffocation on income and business was lifted, reversing over a decade of stagnation in America. 

Nearly 31 years after Reagan's landmark reform, President Donald Trump is leading the fight again. 

President Trump knows what will drive economic revival for the people of Pennsylvania. 

Oct 11, 2017 Press Release

HARRISBURG – Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke to a full capacity crowd at the National Guard Hanger in Harrisburg International Airport.  The speech touted the benefits of tax cuts and reform for the American workers, businesses, and the economy.

Oct 11, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) applauded Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director Scott Pruitt’s decision to begin the process of formally rolling back the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, arguing that the job-killing regulation exceeds the agency’s statutory authority.

Oct 4, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta helped push legislation that would protect American jobs and entrepreneurship through the Committee on Education and the Workforce.  The Save Local Business Act, H.R. 3441, of which Barletta is an original cosponsor, would roll back the Obama era definition of a “joint employer.”  The bill passed out of committee by a vote of 23 to 17.

Oct 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) voted for legislation led by Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-5) that would protect long established private property rights to underground minerals, including oil and natural gas, in the Allegheny National Forest.  Roughly 478,283 acres of this 517,000 acre subsurface mineral estate in Northwestern Pennsylvania are privately owned.  The bill, H.R. 2316, the Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2017, passed the House and now heads to the Senate.

Sep 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today released the following statement in support of President Trump’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA):

Sep 1, 2017 Press Release

Hazleton – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today announced that a local fire department in Newville, Pennsylvania has received a federal grant to help with recruitment and deployment capabilities.  The Penn Township Volunteer Fire Company will receive a grant of $182,045 from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program.