Our nation’s veterans have provided an invaluable service to our country. However, their unwavering dedication and bravery to defend our liberty often comes with great sacrifices. Many times, veterans require medical care and supplemental benefits as a result of their service. I believe we owe the men and women who served the United States of America at least that much. Therefore, I have firmly supported a cost of living increase for veterans since 2011.
Additionally, I am committed to eliminating fraud in our veterans’ programs. All too often, lies about false military service are used to defraud the government and earn unwarranted veterans' benefits. We must ensure there is sufficient funding for veterans who truly need these important benefits.
In a related manner, on March 1, 2013, sequestration, a set of automatic across-the-board spending cuts, went into effect. It is important to note that all programs within the Department of Veterans Affairs were exempt from sequestration, including programs such as disability compensation, pensions, and education and healthcare benefits.
I will continue to work diligently to ensure that our veterans receive the benefits they deserve.
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WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5895, legislation that funds the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), military construction initiatives, energy and water programs, and legislative branch operations. Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) voted in favor of this legislation, which passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 235 to 179.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today issued the following statement regarding Memorial Day 2018, which falls on Monday, May 28, 2018:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted for several important pieces of legislation that ensures we are taking care of the brave men and women who have served our country. These measures include H.R. 1972, the VA Billing Accountability Act, H.R. 3642, the Military SAVE Act, and H.R. 4958, the Veterans Cost-Of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018. Each bill passed the House by voice vote.
WASHINGTON – Today the House of Representatives passed S. 1266, the Enhancing Veteran Care Act, by a bipartisan vote of 423 to 0. Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) supported the legislation which would authorize the Veterans Administration (VA) to investigate, assess, and report deficiencies at VA medical centers.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017:
WASHINGTON – This week, Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11) voted on a number of bills that would help our nation’s veterans.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) on Friday, September 22, 2017 attended a roundtable discussion on veterans issues, where he had the privilege of introducing the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), David Shulkin.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today issued the following statement regarding Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2016:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today looked back on the 114th Congress and highlighted his record of achievement in a variety of areas, including saving taxpayers more than $3 billion, combating the opioid epidemic, negotiating a new Highway Bill, protecting the steel industry, and strengthening after school programs for children. The 114th Congress opened in January 2015 and already has concluded much of its business leading into its final session days in November and December of this year. The 114th Congress has constituted Barletta’s third term in the U.
Rep. Barletta (left) presents long-overdue medals to Navy veteran Steve Beeman in a ceremony at the family business, Beeman’s Baked Goods in Carlisle.