Bob Latta

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Latta Statement on Senator John McCain

2017/07/20

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement regarding John McCain’s cancer diagnosis.

“There is no doubt that John McCain is an American hero who has committed his life to public service — both in the military and in elected office,” said Latta. “While much can be said about his time in the Senate, there has been no bigger advocate for freedom around the world than Senator McCain. After surviving years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, an onboard ship explosion, and a battle with skin cancer — nobody can question Senator McCain’s toughness. I’m convinced that he will persevere in his latest battle with cancer and wish him well as he begins his treatment. Marcia and I send our thoughts and prayers to John, Cindy, and the entire McCain family.”

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Latta, McNerney Author Legislation to Modernize Electric Grid

2017/07/19

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA), co-chairs of the Grid Innovation Caucus, have introduced legislation, H.R. 3290, to modernize the nation’s aging electric grid and improve reliability, security, and resiliency. The legislation directs the Secretary of Energy to develop and implement voluntary model pathways that would seek to update the grid. These blueprints would result from a collaborative approach of bringing industry and regulators to the table in order to increase innovation, empower consumers, and develop real-time situational awareness for the electric grid.

“There are countless reasons why now is the time to upgrade our aging electric grid,” said Latta. “Whether it’s improving resilience and reliability, ensuring better protection from cyberattacks, or increasing efficiency, we need to empower states to make the necessary changes to modernize the grid. Instead of government mandates and taxpayer money to fix the problem, let’s have industry and regulators work together in a collaborative way to find solutions that can be applied across the country. That’s exactly what this bill would do, establish voluntarily model pathways that would provide a blueprint for bringing our aging grid into the 21st century.”
 
“Technology is constantly evolving, yet we have not addressed the issue that is paramount to efficiently keeping up with new trends and demands,” said McNerney. “In light of the recent string of cyberattacks around the globe, which have targeted companies’ and countries’ energy systems, it’s time to have a serious discussion about how we can improve resiliency and stability and bring our grid system into the 21stcentury. By bringing industry leaders to the table with government regulators, we can carve a path to a modern grid system that will protect Americans from the growing number of cyber threats while maintaining accessibility and affordability.”

McNerney and Latta also have introduced a resolution that states the sense and commitment of the United States House of Representatives is to advance the modernization of the United States’ energy delivery infrastructure. More information on that resolution is available here.

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House Approves Legislation to Provide More Time and Flexibility to Implement Ozone Requirements

2017/07/18

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation today, H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act, to provide more time and flexibility to meet federal ozone requirements and streamline the implementation process. Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted in favor of the legislation. He was an original co-sponsor of the legislation when it was introduced in February. The bill updates how the Environmental Protection Agency addresses ozone standards under the Clean Air Act in order to ensure that states aren’t complying with two different standards simultaneously.

“We don’t need to punish our energy, manufacturing, and chemical sectors in order to achieve our clean air goals,” said Latta. “Our country has made tremendous progress in reducing ozone levels and improving air quality. A major reason for that is because we’ve set goals that have been realistic and attainable. Providing more time and flexibility to meet the EPA’s most recent standards will help give states the ability to reach these benchmarks without harming job creation and local economies. We all share the goal of clean air and water, and we can do it in a way that makes fiscal and economic sense.”

The Ozone Standards Implementation Act addresses the overlap between standards issued by the EPA in 2008 and 2015. Despite only receiving implementation guidelines from the EPA for the 2008 ozone standards in March 2015, they were expected to implement 2015 guidelines only seven months later as well. This meant that states are effectively complying with two separate standards at the same time. The Ozone Standards Implementation Act extends the compliance date for the 2015 standards to 2025, as states attempt to meet the 2008 EPA standards. The phased in schedule would ensure less confusion, complexity, and uncertainty for states trying to meet the EPA’s requirements.

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Latta Votes to Enhance National Defense, Increase Troop Pay

2017/07/14

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation that improves military readiness, increases pay for service members, and makes important reforms at the Pentagon. The NDAA also increases funding for the purchase of essential military aircraft, vehicles, and weaponry. The annual defense authorization bill passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 344 to 81.

“The vote today is a strong statement that the rebuilding of our nation’s military has begun,” said Latta. “After six years of military drawdowns under the previous administration, this year’s NDAA authorizes increasing the size of our military, ensuring that our troops have the resources they need to keep our nation safe, and addressing the gathering threats around the globe. In addition, the bill provides funding to purchase badly needed aircraft, armored vehicles, ships, and munitions. At the same time, important reforms are made to operations at the Pentagon to eliminate waste and make sure that taxpayer money is being used for its designed purpose. The world needs U.S. leadership now more than ever, and this legislation puts us on the path to ensuring our armed services have the tools they need to be successful.”

For service members, the NDAA fully funds a 2.4% pay raise for active duty military members and blocks attempts to close military medical facilities for deployed troops. The bill also provides resources that help families during times of relocation. One provision includes reimbursements for spouse’s to obtain occupational licensing in a new state.

This year’s National Defense Authorization Act also improves readiness by authorizing an increase in the size of the Army, Navy, Army Guard and Reserve, Naval and Air Reserve, and Air Guard. It provides $127 billion for procurement and includes a statement of policy that the Navy should include no fewer than 355 ships. The bill also includes provisions to modernize our nuclear stockpile.

The legislation includes strategic policy to address threats abroad, including continuing the prohibition on closing Guantanamo Bay and the prevention of transferring prisoners from there. Assistance is also provided to Ukraine to support their deterrence efforts against Russia. In light of recent successes fighting ISIS, the bill provides funding to train and equip Iraqi forces including Kurdish and tribal militias.  

A portion of the bill also addresses reforms at the Pentagon including additional oversight for service contracts and improving how the Department of Defense purchases off-the-shelf goods by using online commercial websites.

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Congressman Latta Announces Hiring of District Director

2017/07/13

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has announced the hiring of David Wirt to serve in the role of District Director. Wirt is a native of North Baltimore and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. After retiring from the military following a 30-year career, he has lived in Bowling Green for the past 11 years with his wife, Jill.
 
“David is a welcome addition to the district office, and his extensive ties to Northwest and West Central Ohio will be advantageous in serving constituents of the Fifth Congressional District,” said Latta. “David has served on my office’s military academy advisory board and in a number of civic groups in the area, and he has a deep understanding of the needs in the region. Constituent services have been a top priority of mine as a Member of Congress, and David’s leadership will help ensure we’re continuing to meet the needs of Ohioans in the district.”
 
Wirt has already started in the District Director role out of the Bowling Green office and will oversee operations in the Defiance and Findlay offices as well. He previously served on the Congressman’s military academy advisory board and the veterans advisory board. The position was vacant after District Director Andy Lorenz accepted a position with the Regional Growth Partnership.
 
Constituents that need help with federal agencies are encouraged to call their closest district office for assistance. Phone numbers for the district offices are listed below.

Bowling Green – (419) 354-8700
Findlay – (419) 422-7791
Defiance – (419) 782-1996

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Drinking Water Provisions Authored by Rep. Latta Approved by House Subcommittee

2017/07/13

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment approved provisions authored by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) as part of a larger drinking water infrastructure bill, the Drinking Water System Improvement Act. The included provisions originated from legislation that Latta authored, the Drinking Water Affordability Act, and would help public water systems improve infrastructure and ensure safer drinking water.
 
Provisions authored by Latta that were included in the bill would:
•   Provide increased flexibility for the repayment of federal loans for states and local communities that use the funds to finance clean drinking water infrastructure projects
•   Cut burdensome red tape by looking at ways to remove duplicative reporting and paperwork requirements when state standards are equally stringent — or more so — than federal standards
•   Help disadvantaged communities better finance their infrastructure through the use of federal funding
•   Ensures communities have the ability to update their assessments for their source water protection needs
•   Develop best practices to streamline and efficiently provide communities with drinking water revolving loan funds
 
“Providing increased flexibility to state and local governments to meet their specific drinking water needs will make it easier to move ahead with much-needed infrastructure projects,” said Latta. “Removing duplicative federal requirements and making it easier to repay federal loans will provide more options for communities — including disadvantaged ones — to ensure safe drinking water. With more than 51,000 community water systems across the country, all with varying needs and infrastructure currently in place, the Drinking Water System Improvement Act boosts efforts to provide safe drinking water without burdening ratepayers with skyrocketing costs.”
 
For more information on these provisions and other parts of the legislation, please visit the Energy and Commerce website here.
 
Congressman Latta has been a longtime advocate for safe drinking water policies in Congress including authoring the Drinking Water Protection Act, to create a strategic plan to address algal toxins in drinking water. That legislation was signed into law last Congress.
 
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Latta Helps Pass Anti-Trafficking Bills

2017/07/12

Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his House colleagues in helping pass three bipartisan anti-trafficking bills that would seek to curb a problem plaguing communities across the country.

H.R. 2200, the Fredrick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Act, reauthorizes a fund that prevents human trafficking, protects victims, and prosecutes traffickers. H.R. 2664, the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act, establishes a training program for Department of Labor employees to improve their ability to recognize trafficking and respond more effectively when cases are detected. H.R. 2480, the Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act, expands eligibility for Department of Justice grants to apply to law enforcement agencies instituting programs to combat trafficking.

“Sex trafficking is a crime that is prevalent in far too many communities in Ohio and across America,” said Latta. “To stop this problem, policies are needed to prevent the vulnerable from being exploited, and law enforcement needs the resources to protect victims and bring traffickers to justice. The programs supported by these three bills will empower local, state, and federal authorities to identify when trafficking is occurring, and providing them with the tools to address the problem. It’s hard to find a crime as heinous and evil as the exploitation of young, vulnerable children, and the House is continuing to take bipartisan action to combat trafficking and bring perpetrators to justice.”

According to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, Ohio ranks 5th in the nation of the states with the most reported trafficking cases since 2007. In addition to the three bills passed today, the U.S. House of Representatives also recently passed a package of bills to combat trafficking. Read more about those pieces of legislation here.

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Latta Applauds Inclusion of Full Funding for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in Appropriations Bill

2017/07/11

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) applauded the inclusion of $300 million dollars for funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) in a proposal put forth by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. The funding for the GLRI program was included in the annual Interior Appropriations bill.

“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative helps fund important work and has been highly effective at preserving a treasure like Lake Erie, ultimately protecting drinking water and boosting tourism and economic activity in the region,” said Latta. “Now is not the time to limit resources for such a critical program, and I applaud the work of the House Appropriations Committee to include funding at the same level as previous years. The GLRI has strong bipartisan support to continue efforts to protect and restore Lake Erie and the other Great Lakes.”

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Latta Statement on the 4th of July

2017/07/05

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement on Independence Day.
 
"The 4th of July is the date we celebrate when patriots, from the thirteen original colonies, at a hall in Philadelphia, approved a document that would alter the course of history. That's where the foundation of our great country was born, with the idea that all men are created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights, including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These values have stood the test of time, thanks in part to the brave men and women that have answered the call to defend them. This year, on the 241st birthday of our nation, we celebrate the foresight and fortitude of our founders, and commit to strive to uphold the ideals that are this country's bedrock."


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Latta Welcomes Congressional Art Competition Winner to Capitol

2017/06/29

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) welcomed Ohio’s Fifth District Congressional Art Competition winner, Ethan Cawley, to the U.S. Capitol Building on Thursday. Cawley, a student at Cory-Rawson High School, was in town with art competition winners from around the country to celebrate the unveiling of their artwork at the Capitol. His piece, entitled, Lola ’72, will hang in a hallway of the Capitol for the next year.

“The art competition is an annual tradition and an opportunity for students to display their artistic talent and creativity,” said Latta. “Ethan’s artwork will be a welcome addition to the Capitol, and I’m glad he was able to come to Washington for the unveiling of his piece.”


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Latta Opening Statement on Self-Driving Car Legislation

2017-07-19 20:42:50


Latta Discusses Increasing Broadband Access in Rural America

2017-06-21 17:07:59


Latta: Ohio Becoming an E-Commerce Hub

2017-05-23 16:07:38


Latta Questions Witnesses on IoT, Cybersecurity

2017-04-05 17:13:39


Latta Questions Witnesses on Cybersecurity Threats to Grid Infrastructure

2017-02-01 22:43:48


Latta: Honor OSS Veterans with Congressional Gold Medal

2016-11-30 23:02:40


Latta Speaks on Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things

2016-11-16 21:41:24


Latta Questions Witnesses on Fuel Economy Standards

2016-09-23 15:40:45


Latta Speaks About the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act

2016-09-12 22:46:07


Latta Lays Out Priorities at Energy Conference Committee

2016-09-09 15:45:16


Latta Questions FCC Commissioners

2016-07-12 18:12:35


Latta Opening Statement at FCC Subcommittee Hearing

2016-07-12 18:02:58


Latta Speaks in Favor of Naming Findlay Post Office After Former Congressman Mike Oxley

2016-06-21 20:37:12


Latta: Provide States with More Time and Flexibility to Implement Ozone Requirements

2016-06-08 19:28:45


House Passes Latta’s Bipartisan Drinking Water Protection Act

2015-02-24 23:58:27


Latta Remembers Toledo Mayor Mike Collins on the House Floor

2015-02-12 18:25:42


Latta Speaks in Support of the Drinking Water Protection Act

2015-02-12 16:43:41


Congressman Latta Supports Right to Life on House Floor

2015-01-22 19:28:12


Latta Reads U.S. Constitution On The House Floor

2015-01-09 15:30:33


Congressman Latta Speaks in Support of STELAR

2014-11-19 20:04:01


Contact Information

2448 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6405
Fax 202-225-1985
latta.house.gov

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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