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.

More on Defense

Oct 1, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) commended the U.S.

Jun 29, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON This week, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) commended the U.S.

Jun 18, 2018 Opinion Editorial

As I go to work at the U.S. Capitol, I pass vehicle barricades, armed guards, metal detectors and police dogs. Yet, while my colleagues and I go to work every day without any fear of attacks, our teachers and students go to school hoping that nothing happens to them. It’s embarrassing and unacceptable.

If we as government officials can protect ourselves, we can do the same for our students.

Jun 12, 2018 Press Release

CARLISLE – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today hosted a congratulatory picnic for the students he nominated to the U.S. service academies, and who were offered and accepted appointments.  The academies which offered appointments to Barletta’s nominees include the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.  

Jun 6, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) testified at the Federal Commission on School Safety’s public listening session.  Held at the U.S. Department of Education’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the listening session focused on gathering information from stakeholders, experts, and the public on how schools, districts, institutions of higher education, and other local and state government agencies can improve school safety.  Barletta discussed his school security bill, the Protecting Our Kids Act (H.R.

Jun 1, 2018 Press Release

HARRISBURG – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) and State Senator Mike Regan (R-31) held a press conference at the State Capitol to issue a call to action on school security.  Barletta and Regan discussed federal and state efforts to increase school security and improve student safety, and were joined by Cumberland Valley School District Superintendent Dr. Fred Withum, Camp Hill School District Superintendent Dr.

May 25, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today issued the following statement regarding Memorial Day 2018, which falls on Monday, May 28, 2018:

May 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) voted in favor of H.R.

May 23, 2018 Press Release

Earlier today, Congressman Barletta (PA-11) spoke on the House floor and demanded action from Congress to secure America’s schools.  You will find a transcript of the Congressman’s speech below and can view the video of the speech here:


The Speaker Pro Tempore: The chair recognizes the gentleman from Pennsylvania, Mr. Barletta, for five minutes.

May 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, during a hearing held by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) questioned Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on efforts to better protect our nation’s schools and the children they serve, and urged her to provide more support for afterschool programs.

“Securing our schools and prioritizing the safety of our nation’s children should not be a difficult decision for Washington,” Barletta said.  “Our children deserve to grow up in a safe learning environment, free of fear and violence.”