Economy & Spending

Our nation faces a serious debt problem.  There is no question that the federal government is on an unsustainable spending spree.  Our national debt is more than $16 trillion — higher than any time in American history, and growing.  Every child born today already owes more than $53,000 to our government's creditors.

Across Pennsylvania and our nation, families and businesses operate under a budget.  They are forced to live within their means.  I believe that the government must scale back its spending and draft its budget the same way millions of American families do each and every day. 

I support a balanced budget and a Balanced Budget Amendment, which would prohibit the federal government from spending more money than it takes in.  This would require the president to submit an annual balanced budget to Congress.  The president and the Senate have no plan to balance the budget. 

In a related manner, I have been working to reduce the size, scope, and spending of the Legislative Branch.  In the 112th Congress, with my support, Congressional staff salaries and office expenses were reduced by over 10.5 percent.  Additionally, in 2011, 2012, and 2013, I supported and helped pass into law pay freezes for Members of Congress.

If we are serious about achieving long-term fiscal responsibility, we must address fiscal accountability. We must target government spending.

More on Economy & Spending

Jan 19, 2018 Press Release

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.

Jan 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed a short-term funding bill to extend government funding through February 16, 2018 at current levels.  Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) supported the bill which passed by a vote of 230 to 197.

Jan 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2954, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Adjustment Act by a vote of 243 to 184.  Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11), voted in support of the legislation.

Jan 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11), along with several members of the Pennsylvania delegation, joined President Donald J. Trump at H&K Equipment Company in Pittsburgh to discuss the widespread benefits seen following the historic passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Dec 21, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a package (House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 1370) to keep the government open through January 19, 2018.  Federal programs would be funded at current levels, but additional funding would be provided for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Veterans Choice Program.  The measure also temporarily extends government surveillance programs.  Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11) voted in favor of this legislation, which passed by a vote of 231 to 188. 

Dec 19, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – It’s been 31 years since the last significant reform to the U.S. tax code was undertaken.  Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the conference committee report on H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, by a vote of 227 to 203, cementing a once in a  generation win for the American people.  Barletta voted in favor of the legislation.

Dec 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3971, the Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2017 by a bipartisan vote of 294 to 129.  The bill directs the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to exempt smaller community banking institutions with assets of $10 billion or less, from onerous reporting requirements on escrow and mortgage servicing.  Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) voted in favor of the legislation.

Dec 12, 2017 Press Release

"The purpose of today’s hearing is to examine the impact of the opioid crisis on economic development in Appalachia.

The opioid crisis has touched the lives of countless Americans.  This public health emergency has taken the lives of far too many of our nation’s citizens, and has had significant adverse effects on our economy and labor force participation.

Dec 4, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act by a vote of 222 to 192.  Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) voted in favor of the procedural step to find compromise language between the House and Senate tax plans.
 
Nov 16, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – It’s been 31 years since the last significant reform to the tax code was undertaken.  Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, by a vote of 227 – 205, marking another step forward towards tax cuts for the middle class and businesses.  Barletta voted in favor of the legislation.