WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) today announced that they will host a 21st Century Cures roundtable at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to gain input and seek new ideas as to how Congress can best accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of new cures. The event, which is scheduled for Wednesday, August 27, builds off the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s #Path2Cures initiative and will feature representatives from science, research and health care.
"Innovation in health care is occurring at a rapid rate," said Latta. "By bringing together key stakeholders in Ohio's health care, science and research fields, Congressman Johnson and I look forward to discussing how we can close the gap between our research efforts and the implementation of therapies to accelerate the #Path2Cures and save lives. We must embrace today's technology when developing tomorrow's cures, and this forum will explore how our state can not only play a role in delivering new treatments to patients, but also lead in these efforts."
“I’m looking forward to hosting this roundtable with Congressman Latta,"said Johnson. "It will serve as an important forum for discussion about all the ground-breaking research leading universities and organizations across the state of Ohio are conducting to deliver the promise of new treatments to patients. I’m also looking forward to hearing ideas from other organizations as to how Congress can help foster an environment of success in the U.S. for biomedical innovation."
Who: Congressman Latta (OH-5), Congressman Johnson (OH-6) and The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Parking Instructions: Parking for media is available in the parking lot on the West side of Parsons Avenue, between Nationwide Children’s Orthopedic Center at 479 Parsons Ave. and Research Building III at 575 Children’s Crossing. Turn West onto Children's Crossroads from Parsons Ave., and then turn right into the gated parking lot. We will provide a token for you to exit. Park in the spots closest to Parsons Ave. From there, walk across Parson's Ave. to the new hospital tower. Please meet a media team member from Nationwide Children’s Hospital at the Welcome Desk to be escorted to the event.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) will host a cybersecurity seminar at Defiance College on Tuesday, August 19. The event, which is held in coordination with the FBI and Findlay’s CentraComm, focuses on protecting one’s personal identity and business online. It also includes presentations that provide measures to prevent theft of intellectual property, phishing and spear phishing, social network attacks, mobile device attacks, and data leakage.
“In today’s technological world, threats to our personal identity and businesses are around every corner,” said Latta. “In 2013, there was a 62 percent increase in the number of data breaches, costing hardworking Americans almost $113 billion. It is paramount that we have the tools we need to protect ourselves and our businesses online. Therefore, I encourage all residents and small business owners to attend this event.”
The public is invited to attend this event and does not need to RSVP. Media is invited to attend the event, but must RSVP to Sarah Criser. Details for event are listed below:
Who: Congressman Latta, FBI, CentraComm Co-Founder and Chair Lynn Child, and Fifth Congressional District Residents and Small Business Owners
What: Cybersecurity Seminar
When: Tuesday, August 19, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Defiance College, Schomberg Auditorium, 701 Clinton Street Defiance, OH 43512
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), Vice-Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, will host FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai in Northwest Ohio on Thursday, August 14. During his visit, Congressman Latta and Commissioner Pai will hold a roundtable discussion with local telecommunications business owners and tour Toledo’s Buckeye Telesystem.
“Commissioner Pai has been a leading advocate for rural areas when it comes to building robust communications networks and delivering next-generation services to these communities,” said Latta. “His visit provides the opportunity to demonstrate how policies in Washington, D.C., directly affect Americans across the country and why continued investment in our rural areas is critical to the future growth and prosperity of our nation’s economy.”
Media is invited to attend the second half of the roundtable and a press conference following the tour, but must RSVP to Sarah Criser. Details for the events are listed below.
Rural Communications Roundtable
Who: Congressman Latta, Commissioner Pai and local telecommunications business owners
What: Roundtable Discussion on Rural Communications Issues
When: Thursday, August 14, 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: American Legion, 230 East Street McClure, OH 43534
Buckeye Telesystem Press Conference
Who: Congressman Latta, Commissioner Pai and Buckeye Telesystem
What: Buckeye Telesystem Press Conference
When: Thursday, August 14, 3 p.m.
Where: 4818 Angola Road Toledo, OH 43615
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) recently introduced H.R. 5350, the Infection Reduction Labeling Act of 2014. The legislation would ultimately help reduce the rate of hospital-acquired infections by allowing solid antimicrobial copper products to be labeled with their infection reduction properties.
“Infection rates within hospitals are staggering,” said Latta. “More than 4 percent of patients develop an infection during their hospital stay, resulting in 100,000 deaths and more than $100 billion in additional health care costs each year. The Infection Reduction Labeling Act would enable producers to accurately display the intrinsic properties of antimicrobial copper products, encouraging their adoption in health care settings and saving lives.”
“We can save thousands of lives right now by using copper surfaces to kill deadly bacteria,” said Murphy. “Bacteria like highly infectious MRSA dies within minutes when exposed to a copper surface, but if left on plastics or other similar materials, MRSA can last for days. Since 80 percent of infectious diseases are transferred by touch, expanded use of copper fixtures and surfaces will dramatically reduce the spread of deadly hospital-acquired infections."
Trials have indicated that the use of solid antimicrobial copper surfaces in hospital intensive care units can drastically reduce patient infection rates. While solid copper alloys have already been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are registered as an antimicrobial agent under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, current law does not permit the EPA to allow the labeling of these products as antimicrobial by producers. This legislation would permit such labeling, so these products’ infection-reducing properties can be fully realized.
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has invited Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) to meet with Fifth Congressional District small business owners at two events in Perrysburg and Archbold tomorrow. At the events, Congressman Latta will provide a federal update and answer questions from these small business owners about the issues that matter most to them.
“Our small businesses are the lifeblood of our nation’s economy,” said Latta. “However, many have been hesitant to grow and expand due to the overburdensome regulations being passed down by this Administration, the threat of higher taxes and uncertainty about the future when it comes to issues, like Obamacare. Tomorrow’s meetings will allow me to update our small business owners about what is going on in Washington, D.C., and gain valuable insight from them that I can take back to my colleagues in Congress.”
NFIB members must have RSVP'd with NFIB/Ohio to attend. Media is invited to attend, but must RSVP to Sarah Criser. Details for the events include the following:
Who: Congressman Latta, NFIB and Fifth Congressional District Small Business Owners
What: Meeting with local small business owners
When: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Perrysburg-French Quarter, 10630 Fremont Pike, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
Who: Congressman Latta, NFIB and Fifth Congressional District Small Business Owners
What: Meeting with local small business owners
When: Thursday, August 7, 2014, noon to 1:15 p.m.
Where: The Barn Restaurant, 22611 St. Rt. 2, Archbold, OH 43502
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today released the following statement recognizing Northwest Ohio’s burgeoning start-up scene in honor of Start-Up Day Across America – a day to recognize the impacts start-ups have on local economies.
“Start-ups may stem from an initial great idea, but they also require support from their local communities and educational institutions,” said Latta. “As we look to diversify our nation’s economy, our technology sector presents prime opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship. Start-ups, like Roost, demonstrate the potential Northwest Ohio has as an incubator for these new technologies, and I look forward to continuing to foster an environment where American ingenuity can thrive in our own backyard.”
Roost is a Northwest Ohio company that is helping bring push notifications to the web. The company is currently participating in Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s elite start-up accelerator program that has helped nurture some of the technology industry’s bigger success stories, such as Dropbox, Airbnb and reddit.
Roost co-founder, Tim Varner, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to showcase the company’s push notification technology. Last week, Congressman Latta incorporated Roost into his Congressional website, making him the first elected official to utilize this new technology. A photo of Congressman Latta and Varner during this visit is located below:
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today issued the following statement thanking the volunteers and state, county and city officials for their efforts to resolve the water crisis in Northwest Ohio:
“Thank you to all of the volunteers who distributed water to those in need,” said Latta. “Over the past few days, I have been actively engaged in meetings and phone calls with state, county and city officials, and I am proud to see our community come together. We could not have handled this crisis without this teamwork, and our continued collaboration will be imperative as we work to address the long-term water quality challenges Northwest Ohio faces.”
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) has invited U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Karl Jansen, to tour various sites along the Blanchard River and examine flooding issues throughout the area from 2:45 p.m. to 6 p.m on Wednesday, August 6. Congressman Latta continues to work diligently with the Army Corps to address flooding issues in Findlay and Ottawa, and this tour will build upon previous efforts to ensure continued progress on the Blanchard River Flood Risk Management Project.
“The continued advancement of the Blanchard River Flood Risk Management Project is critical to the safety and economic growth of our area,” said Latta. “I have been pleased with the Corps’ willingness to work with us to ensure this project moves forward in an expedited manner and look forward to touring the Blanchard River with Lieutenant Colonel Jansen, so he can see how vital the completion of this project is to our area firsthand.”
"I look forward to visiting historically flooded communities near the Blanchard River with Congressman Latta, and communicating my responsibility to our fellow citizens to complete this important study with a sense of urgency and sound engineering," said Lieutenant Colonel Jansen.
Media is invited to attend the tour, but must RSVP to Sarah Criser. Those wishing to participate in the Findlay portion of the tour should meet in the main lobby of Findlay City Hall, located at 318 Dorney Plaza, no later than 2:45 p.m. Those wishing to participate in the Ottawa portion of the tour should meet at the north end of the I-9 bridge no later than 5:00 p.m.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today joined Senator Portman (R-OH), Senator Brown (D-OH) and members of the Ohio Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to the Office of Management and Budget, urging it to expedite its review of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) final rule under the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act. The rule would provide guidelines for the proper disposal of prescription drugs.
“Unfortunately, prescription drug abuse is prevalent in Ohio and across the country,” said Latta. “Therefore, it is troubling that the DEA has yet to promulgate the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act’s rule relating to the proper disposal of prescription drugs. With 70 percent of abused medications obtained from family members or friends, this rule will help curb the prescription drug abuse epidemic by providing Ohio with the necessary tools to dispose of potentially deadly and unneeded prescription medications. I am proud to join my colleagues in the Ohio delegation in urging the DEA to expedite its promulgation process, so these commonsense practices can be implemented as soon as possible.”
The Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 authorized Attorney General Holder to promulgate regulations for the disposal of prescriptions medications – the responsibility of which he delegated to the DEA. After taking public comment and holding a public meeting January 19-20, 2011, the DEA published notice of proposed rule making for disposal of controlled substances on December 21, 2012. The proposed rule expands the options available for the collection of prescription drugs, including additional take-back events, mail-back prescription programs and collection receptacles. However, without approval of the final rule, the State of Ohio does not have the necessary tools to implement these options.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today introduced two pieces of legislation to support our nation’s heroes. The Veterans Air Travel Streamlining Act would enable veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 50 percent or greater to utilize TSA Precheck’s expedited airport screening process at no cost. The VA Appeals Backlog Relief Act would expedite the processing of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) appeals claims.
“The Veterans Air Travel Streamlining Act would provide an opportunity for us to show our gratitude to the men and women who have so bravely and selflessly served this country,” said Latta. “Allowing our wounded heroes to participate in TSA’s Precheck program free of charge would enable these veterans to bypass certain screening procedures that can be time consuming given their injuries, while maintaining necessary security procedures in our airports.”
Injured veterans must currently contact TSA with their confirmed flight itinerary and all other relevant information to be eligible for TSA Precheck lanes and other expedited screening procedures at airports. The Veterans Air Travel Streamlining Act would waive the TSA Precheck application fee for veterans, who meet disability and program eligibility requirements, so they can participate in this expedited airport security screening process every time they fly.
In addition, the VA Appeals Backlog Relief Act would address the unacceptable and overwhelming VA appeals backlog by placing a 12-month deadline for all appeals claims to be certified by and sent to the Board of Veterans Appeals. Currently, when an initial VA claim is denied, a veteran has the choice to appeal the decision. However, in order to do this, he or she must enter into a lengthy and inefficient process, which has forced many veterans to wait years before receiving a final decision. The deadline imposed by the Congressman’s legislation would ensure timelier processing of veterans’ appeals.
“Our veterans deserve the utmost care and service,” continued Latta. “The VA has been plagued with unacceptable wait times and lengthy delays, and this legislation would streamline the process through which veterans can appeal their claims, so they can receive the benefits they’ve earned.”
Both pieces of legislation come after the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday approved the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 3230, bipartisan legislation that would provide real solutions for our veterans and hold the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs accountable to all Americans. The U.S. Senate is also expected to approve the Conference Report soon.
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Congressman Robert “Bob” Latta (R- Bowling Green) is currently serving his fourth term in the United States House of Representatives following his re-election in 2012. Congressman Latta serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has wide jurisdiction on legislative matters, including energy policy, telecommunications, food and drug safety, public health research, and interstate and foreign commerce. He is a member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, where he was selected to serve as Vice Chair, as well as a member of the Subcommittees on Energy and Power, and Environment and the Economy. In addition, Congressman Latta serves as an Assistant Majority Whip, Co-Chairman of the Congressional Sportsman Caucus, and the Co-Chair of the Republican New Media Caucus.
Congressman Latta previously served as a member of the Committee on Agriculture, Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Before his election to Congress, Latta was a member of the Ohio House of Representatives (2001-2007), Ohio Senate (1997-2000), and Wood County Commissioner (1991-1996).
Since his arrival to Congress, Congressman Latta has advocated for the interests of the people of northwest and west central Ohio and economic prosperity for the country. His top priorities have included balancing the budget, reducing the national debt, and working towards commonsense government reforms. Congressman Latta’s legislative accomplishments include:
· H.R. 270, the TRICARE Continuity Coverage for National Guard and Reserve Families Act, which allows “gray area” retirees access to TRICARE, and was amended into the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), becoming law, P.L. 111-84.
· H.R. 1622, the Spectrum Innovation Act, which authorizes the FCC to conduct incentive spectrum auctions generating billions of dollars to pay down our national debt, as well as unleashing spectrum for innovation and job creation. This incentive auction concept was included in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, H.R. 3630 and signed into law.
· Latta authored language, which was included in the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act, and signed into law in July 2012 (P.L. 112-144), to help ease drug shortages in the hospital setting.
This year, Congressman Latta was honored by the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) with the Rx Safety and Leadership Award (Rx Award) for his leadership and commitment to advancing policies that enhance patient safety and security of the pharmaceutical distribution supply chain nationwide. Latta has also received the Ohio Farm Bureau’s “Friend of Farm Bureau” award, the United States Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise” award, National Association of Manufacturers’ award for “Manufacturing Legislative Excellence,” National Taxpayer Union’s “Taxpayer Friend Award” and the American Conservative Union’s “ACU Conservative” award. In 2009, Latta was recognized with the Association of the United States Navy National Legislative Advocacy Award for his “superb leadership and outstanding service during the 110th and 111th Congress to improve the quality of life of Active Component and Reserve Component military members and their families.”
As a member of the Ohio General Assembly, Latta was committed to eliminating the death tax to help Ohio’s citizens, small business owners, and farmers, which he achieved in 2000 when 78% of Ohio death tax filers were successfully eliminated. Congressman Latta also worked to make Ohio streets safer when he sponsored the DNA Bill that requires all felons and certain misdemeanants to give DNA samples, which are then placed in the state and national databases. Latta also sponsored the juvenile crime legislation, which in part holds juveniles more responsible for their actions.
A longtime sportsman committed to wildlife and the outdoors, Latta was awarded by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, formerly the Ohio Wildlife Federation, with the Patriot Award in 2002 and 2012, which is given for “dedication and leadership in defending our outdoor heritage.” During his tenure in the Ohio General Assembly, he sponsored the Bald Eagle license plate. The proceeds from these plates are used to purchase eagle habitat and for eagle preservation throughout Ohio. Congressman Latta also serves as a hunter education instructor for the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Congressman Latta has earned recognition from the United Conservatives of Ohio, naming him “Watchdog of the Treasury” in 1998, 2000, and 2005. The League of Ohio Sportsmen, which is affiliated with the Ohio Wildlife Federation and promotes environmental and sportsmen issues also nominated him in 2000 for the “Legislator of the Year” award. Latta has also earned recognition from the Ohio National Guard receiving the Major General Charles Dick Award for Legislative Excellence in 1999, and the “President’s Award” in 2006.
Congressman Latta is active in his community, where he is a member of the Bowling Green Kiwanis, having served as President, Director, and Trustee. Latta is also a member of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce and the Wood County Farm Bureau.
A lifelong resident of northwest Ohio, Congressman Latta graduated from Bowling Green Senior High School in 1974. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University in 1978, and earned his law degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1981.
Congressman Latta and his wife Marcia reside in Bowling Green with their two daughters, Elizabeth and Maria.
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In Case You Missed It: Check out this article in today’s Defiance Crescent-News about my #cybersecurity event and tips to protect yourself
Thank you to everyone who attended my #cybersecurity event with the FBI and #Findlay's CentraComm at #Defiance College this morning. I hope you
Awareness and preventive steps can go a long way in protecting yourself and your business online. Don't forget to join me at Defiance College
Looking forward to continuing the #Path2Cures conversation with @RepBillJohnson at @nationwidekids on August 27: