The most basic responsibility of the federal government is to protect our nation and its citizens. When we fund our military, we do just that.
Since coming to Congress, I have been committed to protecting the men and women serving our country and the many military installations in Pennsylvania, such as the Carlisle Barracks, Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, Army War College, and Tobyhanna Army Depot. I recognize the jobs these installations provide are critical to our local economy, and most importantly they support the safety of our troops and the security of our country.
Moving forward, I believe the safety of our nation and preparedness of our military forces should remain a top priority. I will continue to ensure that we have the tools necessary to remain vigilant in an ever changing world, while also making common-sense decisions to save taxpayer dollars where possible, in areas that will not affect the safety or success of our troops and missions.
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WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a bipartisan budget package, which reverses the defense sequester by allowing for $700 billion in defense spending for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) and $716 billion in defense spending for FY19. The budget deal also includes a $46 billion increase in non-defense spending in FY18 and FY19 to be used for National Institutes of Health (NIH) research, the opioid epidemic, mental health programs, and reducing the Veterans Administration healthcare maintenance backlog. Rep.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) released the following statement after Senate Democrats voted against a government funding measure and the longest extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the program’s history.
HAZLETON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) issued the following statement after a gunman attacked Pennsylvania law enforcement officers outside the Statehouse in Harrisburg, PA:
“The heroic actions of Pennsylvania’s law enforcement averted a sure tragedy. I am very proud the swift and effective response from those on the ground who neutralized the suspect before any lives were taken.
WASHINGTON – Today, the House Committee on Homeland Security passed a bill supporting the use of American-bred canines for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). H.R. 4577, the Domestic Explosives Detection Canine Capacity Building Act of 2017 would direct TSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop a domestic dog breeding network to produce high quality, American-bred explosive detection dogs.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11), a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement regarding the attempted terror attack in New York City this morning:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes funding for members of our military and their families and helps to keep Americans safe. The FY18 NDAA authorizes $626 billion for the Department of Defense base budget, $66 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations, and $8 billion for other defense activities. In total, the bill provides nearly $700 billion in funding for our nation’s defense operations, a $74.2 billion (12 percent) increase over the current funding level. The
HAZLETON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11), a member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, today released the following statement in support of President Trump’s military strategy in Afghanistan:
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) yesterday voted for a national security funding bill that includes $1.6 billion – the full amount requested by the White House – for the southern border wall, fully funds a 2.4 percent pay raise for our troops, and provides the highest level of funding ever for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Make America Secure Appropriations Act (H.R. 3219) passed the House by a vote of 235-192 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.
HAZLETON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today voted for the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes funding for members of our military and their families and helps to keep Americans safe. The FY18 NDAA authorizes $621.5 billion for the Department of Defense base budget and $74.6 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations. The $696.1 billion of funding for national security represents a $62 billion increase from last year. The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 344-81 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today commended a federal jury’s verdict finding Jessie Con-ui guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Eric Williams in 2013. Williams, a Nanticoke native and Senior Correctional Officer at the United States Prison at Canaan, was murdered by convicted gang assassin Jessie Con-ui while on duty in 2013. Con-ui, a member of the violent New Mexican Mafia gang, was serving an 11-year sentence when he suddenly attacked Officer Williams, knocked him down a flight of stairs, and stabbed him more than 200 times with home