I am writing in response to inaccurate claims made by Mike Marsicano about Congressman Lou Barletta in a recent article (Press Enterprise, July 10). As a county commissioner who has worked closely with Lou and his office, I know firsthand that he is making real progress for our communities.
Lou was instrumental in securing a $15 million federal grant for the construction of the Bloomsburg Flood Wall. He brought members of House leadership, including former Speaker John Boehner, to Bloomsburg to tour flood damage and secure support for rebuilding after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. His leadership helped to save nearly 1,000 local jobs.
Lou has conducted dozens of Main Street Tours across the 11th Congressional District, including Bloomsburg, Berwick, Catawissa, Danville, Shamokin, and Mt. Carmel, where he hears from residents and small business owners about what needs to be done in Washington. He always gets his best ideas from people in the real world who make the economy go.
His connection to his constituents is reflected in his work as a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee subcommittee chairman, where he has saved taxpayers more than $3 billion by revamping the way the federal government handles its real estate leases. While bureaucrats in Washington are reckless in seeking to spend every dime they can, Lou has been watching out for the taxpayers of the 11th Congressional District.
And unlike Mike Marsicano, who said “Obama made a good start” with Obamacare, Lou has worked to strengthen seniors’ benefits by working to repeal and replace Obamacare with more affordable options. He continued the fight against the consequences of Obama’s flawed health care law by successfully pressuring the IRS to exempt volunteer fire fighters from the costly Employer Mandate. Without Lou’s leadership, local volunteer fire companies across the country would have been forced to close, risking public safety here at home.
Every time we need Lou, he’s there, and that’s incredibly important to local elected officials like me. I’m proud to support Lou and the work he’s doing for the 11th Congressional District.
Published July 14, 2016