Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Subcommittee on Energy and Power, issued the following statement regarding the subcommittee’s hearing regarding the “EPA’s CO2 Regulations for New and Existing Plants”.
“Make no mistake, the Clean Power Plan is merely a rebranding of the Administration’s failed, rejected “Cap and Trade” legislation. This is another example of the President looking to build a legacy rather than lasting, commonsense policy that will benefit the American public.
These rules will fundamentally change the way we generate, transmit, and consume electricity in this country. Inevitably, it will be hardworking Americans and their families who will bear the true costs in the form of lost jobs, higher energy bills, and a decline in the reliability of our electrical grid.
EPA Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe testified here today that these rules were shaped by ‘a process of unprecedented outreach and public engagement’. I’ve seen little evidence to support this, given the overwhelming objection and rejection from states across the country regarding its implementation.”Read More
Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted in support of H.R. 3457, The Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support. Rep. Latta is a cosponsor of the bill.
H.R. 3457 prohibits the President from providing Iran with sanctions relief – and therefore implementing the recent nuclear agreement – until he certifies to Congress that Iran has paid compensation to American victims of terrorism sponsored by the Iranian regime who have successfully obtained judgments in U.S. courts.
“Iran has sponsored some of the most horrific acts of state sponsored terrorism inflicted on Americans both here and abroad. The victims and their families deserve reparations for these crimes, and we have an obligation to ensure they receive them before allowing any relief of sanctions,” said Rep. Latta. “The failings of the President’s deal are many, but to lift sanctions and infuse the economy of Iran with tens of billions of dollars before the state has fulfilled its obligations to these Americas and their families is unconscionable.”
The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) gives U.S. victims of state-sponsored terrorism the ability to bring suit in U.S. courts and collect damages from those states. Over the past 15 years, American courts have awarded nearly $43.5 billion in damages to Iran’s victims and their families, judgments issued for more than 80 FSIA cases.
Acts of terror linked to Iranian support or financing by U.S. courts include the 9/11 attacks, the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, the 1983 attack on the Beirut Marine barracks, and a number of other bus bombings, suicide attacks, assassinations and hostage takings.
“The President and Secretary Kerry – against the will of Congress and the American public – chose to move forward on a deal with Iran that will revitalize the regime’s economy. This influx of capital will allow Tehran to increase its stature as the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism, and place them on the path to becoming a nuclear power,” Latta continued.
“It is beyond all reason that the payment of damages to the victims of these atrocities – and the release of the four American’s currently being held hostage – was not included as a prerequisite for any relief of sanctions. The countless victims of Iranian-supported terrorism deserve recompense, and are guaranteed none without this legislation being signed into law.”
Examples of Iranian Terrorism Against Ohio Victims
Anne Dammarell of Cincinnati, OH, was injured in the 1983 U.S. Embassy bombing in Beiruit. $6.8 million judgment
Alan Beer of Cleveland Heights, OH was killed in a 2003 bus bombing in Jerusalem. $300 million judgment
#NotOneCent for Iran Until it Compensates its Victims (VIDEO)Read More
Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), and Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), cosponsors of the bipartisan and bicameral Clean Air, Strong Economies Act (CASE) today condemned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to issue a sweeping and unrealistic new National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone. The proposal would lower the current U.S. ozone standard from the current level of 75 parts per billion (ppb) —a rule only now being implemented—down to 70 ppb.
Reps. Latta and Olson want clean, healthy air for their communities; but the proposed level is so low that much of America - including many national parks - would legally be considered “too dirty.” This is especially troubling given that much of the ozone in America is outside our control, forming naturally or wafting in from overseas. A standard this low is currently both unachievable with current technology and would have a dramatic impact on the U.S. economy and jobs. The CASE Act, H.R. 1388, would require EPA to protect health AND consider feasibility when issuing rules under the Clean Air Act.
“The EPA’s own data indicates adherence to current regulations is already working to reduce ozone. Without allowing sufficient time for counties to implement the current ozone requirements, the EPA has moved the goalposts in the middle of the game, and created what could be the most costly regulation in history. This rule will essentially create a nation of nonattainment counties, and effectively stifle any future investment or economic growth in these regions,” said Rep. Latta. “I represent a district with nearly 60,000 manufacturing jobs. These hardworking men and women - in businesses both small and large - should not be faced with the choice of complying with EPA regulations or staying in business. We can protect our environment and protect our economy through commonsense policies like the CASE Act. This new rule accomplishes neither of these goals.”
“As a parent and Houstonian who grew up under a veil of smog, I understand the importance of clean and healthy air,” Rep. Olson said. “That’s why I’m proud of the steps we have taken across America to slash pollution levels from sources large and small. However, even EPA acknowledges they don’t how this regulation will be met, and they readily admit they were not obligated to consider whether it is achievable or affordable. Many communities across the country will be in violation of this new rule before a car is driven or a new business can open thanks to so-called background ozone that forms naturally or blows in from other countries. With bipartisan legislation like the CASE Act, I believe we can keep America on the path to cleaner air without strangling economic growth.”
Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chairmen Pete Olson and Bob Latta introduced the bipartisan, bicameral CASE Act alongside Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Joe Manchin (D-WV).
House cosponsors include: Rep Allen, Rick W. [R-GA], Rep Babin, Brian [R-TX], Rep Barr, Andy [R-KY], Rep Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL], Rep Bishop, Rob [R-UT], Rep Blum, Rod [R-IA], Rep Bridenstine, Jim [R-OK], Rep Brooks, Susan W. [R-IN], Rep Buck, Ken [R-CO], Rep Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA], Rep Collins, Chris [R-NY], Rep Cook, Paul [R-CA], Rep Cramer, Kevin [R-ND], Rep Cuellar, Henry [D-TX], Rep Culberson, John Abney [R-TX], Rep Duncan, Jeff [R-SC], Rep Duncan, John Jr. [R-TN], Rep Ellmers, Renee L. [R-NC], Rep Fincher, Stephen Lee [R-TN], Rep Fleming, John [R-LA], Rep Flores, Bill [R-TX], Rep Gosar, Paul [R-AZ], Rep Griffith, H. Morgan [R-VA], Rep Grothman, Glenn [R-WI], Rep Guthrie, Brett [R-KY], Rep Hensarling, Jeb [R-TX], Rep Hudson, Richard [R-NC], Rep Huelskamp, Tim [R-KS], Rep Hultgren, Randy [R-IL], Rep Jenkins, Evan H. [R-WV], Rep Jenkins, Lynn [R-KS], Rep Johnson, Bill [R-OH], Rep Jones, Walter Jr. [R-NC], Rep Joyce, David P. [R-OH], Rep Kelly, Mike [R-PA], Rep Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL], Rep Kirkpatrick, Ann [D-AZ], Rep Long, Billy [R-MO], Rep Love, Mia [R-UT], Rep Lucas, Frank [R-OK], Rep Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO], Rep Marchant, Kenny [R-TX], Rep McClintock, Tom [R-CA], Rep McKinley, David B. [R-WV], Rep Mooney, Alexander [R-WV], Rep Murphy, Tim [R-PA], Rep Pittenger, Robert [R-NC], Rep Pompeo, Mike [R-KS], Rep Renacci, James [R-OH], Rep Rogers, Mike [R-AL], Rep Rothfus, Keith [R-PA], Rep Schweikert, David [R-AZ], Rep Scott, Austin [R-GA], Rep Shimkus, John [R-IL], Rep Smith, Adrian [R-NE], Rep Smith, Jason [R-MO], Rep Smith, Lamar [R-TX], Rep Stivers, Steve [R-OH], Rep Tipton, Scott R. [R-CO], Rep Walorski, Jackie [R-IN], Rep Woodall, Rob [R-GA], Rep Yoho, Ted [R-FL], Rep Mo Brooks [R-AL] and Rep Mike Coffman [R-CO].Read More
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), issued the following statement regarding the House Energy and Commerce Committee markup of H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015:
“This comprehensive bill has been years in the making, and includes input from dozens of expert witnesses and government officials, including U.S. Secretary of Energy Moniz. Energy is the backbone of the American economy. This legislation will allow the United States to fully realize its vast energy potential, improving the industry’s ability to create jobs. With the modernization of our grid reliability protection systems, and the continued safe, responsible development of our natural resources, America will be best positioned to achieve energy security. By addressing the needs of our infrastructure and improving efficiency, we can ensure Americans continue to benefit from a robust, low cost energy supply. I look forward to moving this vital legislation through the House, and will continue to work to ensure its passage into law.”
The markup included four key provisions introduced by Rep. Latta addressing energy efficiency and grid reliability:
Sec. 1104. Critical Electric Infrastructure Security: This section would establish a new section 215A of the Federal Power Act that:
· Provides the Secretary of Energy the authority to address grid security emergencies if the President provides a written directive or determination identifying a grid security emergency. The Secretary is authorized to take emergency measures to protect the bulk power system or defense critical electric infrastructure, including ordering critical electric infrastructure owners and operators to take appropriate actions, with such measures to expire no later than fifteen days from issuance.
· Facilitates the protection and voluntary sharing of critical electric infrastructure information between private sector asset owners and the Federal government by: (1) exempting designated Critical Electric Infrastructure Information from certain Federal and State disclosure laws; 2) requiring FERC to facilitate voluntary information sharing between Federal, State, local and tribal authorities, the Electric Reliability Organization, regional entities, and owners, operators and users of the bulk-power system in the U.S.; and 3) establishing sanctions for the unauthorized disclosure of shared information.
Sec. 4122. Voluntary Verification Programs for Air Conditioning, Furnace, Boiler, Heat Pump, and Water Heater Products: This section requires the DOE to recognize voluntary verification programs for air conditioning, furnace, boiler, heat pump, and water heating products to demonstrate compliance with DOE energy efficiency and conservation standards and the Energy Star program.
Sec. 4125. No Warranty for Certain Certified Energy Star Products: This section would promote continued development of energy efficient appliances through the Energy Star Program by deterring class action lawsuits that could undermine participation in the program.
Sec. 4172. WaterSense: This section would codify the voluntary WaterSense program at EPA. It specifies the categories of products that are eligible for WaterSense listing and also the guidelines for developing criteria and reviewing standards.
Latta Opening Statement (LINK)
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today joined colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in supporting the passage of H.R. 3495, the Women’s Public Health and Safety Act. Rep. Latta is a cosponsor of the legislation.
The bill increases state flexibility to remove abortion providers from a state’s Medicaid program. Previously, states that have sought to end their Medicaid contracts with the organization have been blocked from doing so by the Administration’s Center for Medicaid and Medicaid Services.
“States should have the right to decide what medical providers receive its taxpayer’s funding. This legislation will give states the ability to establish their own criteria to determine whether or not it will allow those entities that perform elective abortions to participate in its Medicaid program,” said Rep. Latta.
Medicaid is a combined federal-state program.
“The federal government should not be allowed to force a state to fund abortions against the will of its people,” Latta continued. “There are over 10,000 community health centers across the country providing a full range of services to millions of American women, including 280 healthcare alternatives here in Ohio. Many states may chose to utilize its taxpayer dollars for the funding of these centers, rather than choose the moral and ethical challenges other providers, such as Planned Parenthood, present. I cosponsored this legislation to protect unborn life, and to ensure states have the ability to do the same without interference from the federal government.”
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) issued the following statement regarding Speaker John Boehner’s resignation announcement:
“I thank Speaker John Boehner for his years of service as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives; a member of the House representing the 8th District; the Ohio House of Representatives; and as a Township Trustee.
He brought to public service his knowledge of the private sector from his many years as a small business owner, and an aim to make government smaller, less costly and more accountable. I wish Speaker Boehner all my best as he enters this new chapter in his life, and tackles new challenges and endeavors with the same tenacity and fortitude he has been known for during his over 25 years of public service."Read More
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) issued the following statement on Pope Francis’ visit to the United States Capitol, where he became the first Pope to ever address a joint meeting of Congress:
“It was a great privilege to hear the Pope at the Capitol, and to be able to share the experience with Fr. Jason Kahle of Bowling Green, Ohio’s St. Thomas More University Parish. The teachings of service for one another, shared by Pope Francis here today, resonate with all of us, regardless of faith. His message on following the Golden Rule – that we should treat others as we wish to be treated – is something we can all carry forth in our daily lives in service to our neighbors, and our communities.”
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) reminds constituents that they may participate in the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event on September 26th from 10 am-2 pm.
The event provides local residents an opportunity to return their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
“I encourage individuals to use this opportunity to safely dispose of prescription drugs,” said Rep. Latta. “This effort is a helpful tool in fighting prescription drug abuse.”Read More
Congressman Bob Latta issued the following statement regarding the U.S. House of Representatives passage of H.R. 3134 – the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, and H.R. 3504 – the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
“Today the House acted to protect the life of the unborn by voting to defund Planned Parenthood. The abhorrent videos that have connected Planned Parenthood to allegations of trafficking fetal body parts have shown a callous disrespect for innocent life. The Defund Planned Parenthood Act removes federal funding for the organization while Congress completes its investigations into these implications. Additionally, the bill further supports women’s health by providing $235 million for community health centers that do not perform abortions.
Both pieces of legislation passed today ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent with integrity, and reaffirms a commitment to acting against infanticide.
Nearly $500 million dollars in federal funding goes to Planned Parenthood. This cannot continue. There are over 9,000 community health centers across the country providing a full range of services to millions of American women, including 280 better health care alternatives in Ohio. None of these centers carry the moral and ethical challenges Planned Parenthood presents.
Every unborn life is sacred, and I will continue working to enact policies that ensure their protection.“
House Investigation into Planned Parenthood (LINK)
Energy and Commerce Committee: Investigation into Planned Parenthood Abortion Practices (LINK)
Letter to Department of Justice requesting an immediate and thorough investigation into the practices of Planned Parenthood regarding the sale of fetal body parts: (LINK)
Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking that the Department of Justice appoint an independent counsel to investigate the actions of Planned Parenthood: (LINK)
Latta Cosponsors H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Act, which prevents abortions at 20 weeks – the time in which an unborn child can feel pain: (LINK)Read More
Today, the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Veterans' Affairs included vital legislation introduced by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), the VA Appeals Backlog Relief Act, in its markup of H.R. 677.
Rep. Latta’s legislation will expedite the processing of VA appeals claims.
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 legislation places a 12-month deadline for all appeals claims to be certified by a regional VA office and sent to the Board of Veterans Appeals, ensuring veterans are receiving more timely decisions.
“Our nation’s veterans deserve the utmost care and service, and it is our obligation to ensure their benefits are being provided to them in a timely fashion. Unacceptable wait times, lengthy delays in receiving needed benefits, and stagnant bureaucratic red-tape have long plagued the VA. It is imperative these obstacles to providing for our former servicemen and women be eliminated,” said Rep. Latta.
“This legislation would streamline the VA’s processes by creating a deadline by which all appeals must be certified, ensuring the trend of unnecessary delays does not continue. I’d like to thank Chairmen Miller and Abraham, and the Committee, for addressing this issue and including it in today’s markup.”Read More
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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.
I am pleased with today’s decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to block the EPA’s overreaching Waters of the United States rule from
Make no mistake, the Clean Power Plan is merely a rebranding of the Administration’s failed, rejected “Cap and Trade” legislation. This
Glad to have had the opportunity to speak to the Findlay Rotary Club this week.
Great to join in this morning's ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of Autogas Fueling Station in North Baltimore.
Today we celebrate #MFGDay15, and the 78,000+ manufacturing jobs that help drive #OH05's economy.