• A bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta that he says could save taxpayers at least $500 million a year was approved Monday by the House of Representatives. H.R. 4487, the Public Buildings Reform and Savings Act of 2016, would reform the handling of federal office space and real estate. It passed the House on a voice vote and now heads to the Senate for its consideration. “Within five years, half of all federal leases will expire,” Barletta, R-11, Hazleton, … read more

  • (Washington, D.C.) — A Congressman from Pennsylvania is spearheading an effort to ensure that spending for federal disaster responses is both necessary and cost-effective. Republican Congressman Lou Barletta is the author of a bill to reform disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He says disaster losses have grown considerably over the last 30 years, with FEMA spending 178 billion dollars for over 1,300 presidential disaster declarations. However, Barletta says the sheer number of disasters is not alone responsible for … read more

  • WASHINGTON, DC – In a rare unanimous vote, the U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation from Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) protecting opioid-addicted newborns and their caregivers. The Infant Plan of Safe Care Improvement Act (H.R. 4843), which Barletta authored with Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA), requires that states which receive federal funds for child protective services comply with federal law and enact certain guidelines for the welfare of children exposed to opioids. The category of opioids includes a variety of … read more