Bob Latta

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Latta Legislation to Name Findlay Post Office After Late Congressman Mike Oxley Signed Into Law

2016/07/30

The President has signed into law legislation authored by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) naming the Findlay Post Office after former U.S. and Ohio Representative Mike Oxley. The bill, H.R. 4925, designates the post office at 229 West Main Cross Street in Findlay, Ohio as the ‘Michael Garver Oxley Memorial Post Office Building.’ Congressman Oxley served over thirty years in the Ohio General Assembly and in Congress where he rose to become Chairman of the Financial Services Committee.
 
“It’s now official that the Findlay Post Office will bear the name of Mike Oxley, a committed public servant and good man,” said Latta. “Mike’s decades of service in the Ohio Legislature and the U.S. Congress deserve to be honored in his hometown and around the region. The Main Street Post Office is a central location in any community, including Findlay, and this law ensures his name and legacy will be remembered for years to come.”   
 
A ceremony will be held to celebrate the naming of the post office, but a date and time are still to be determined.

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Latta to Host One-On-One Meetings in Paulding

2016/07/19

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents at the Paulding County Court, 201 East Caroline Street, Suite 2 in Paulding on Tuesday, July 26. From 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., residents can meet individually with Congressman Latta and discuss the issues that are most important to them and their families. Staff will also be available to assist with casework or help residents with any issues they may have with the federal government.
 
Residents are not required to RSVP, but should contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446 if they have any questions. Media is also invited to attend the event, but should RSVP to Drew Griffin at drew.griffin@mail.house.gov. Details for the event include the following:
 
WHO: Congressman Bob Latta
WHAT: One-On-One Meetings with Constituents
WHEN: Tuesday, July 26, 2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
WHERE: Paulding County Court, Suite 2, 201 East Caroline Street, Paulding, Ohio 45879

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Latta to Host One-On-One Meetings in Defiance

2016/07/18

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents at the Defiance County East Building, Conference Rooms A&B, 1300 East Second Street, in Defiance on July 25. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., residents can meet individually with Congressman Latta and discuss the issues that are most important to them and their families. Staff will also be available to assist with casework or help residents with any issues they may have with the federal government.
 
Residents are not required to RSVP, but should contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446 if they have any questions. Media is also invited to attend the event, but should RSVP to Drew Griffin at drew.griffin@mail.house.gov. Details for the event include the following:
 
WHO: Congressman Bob Latta
WHAT: One-On-One Meetings with Constituents
WHEN: Monday, July 25, 9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Defiance County East Building, Conference Rooms A&B, 1300 East Second Street, Defiance, Ohio 43512

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Latta to Host One-On-One Meetings in Bryan

2016/07/18

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents at the Williams County Courthouse, Common Pleas Courtroom #2, Third Floor, 1 Courthouse Square in Bryan on Wednesday, July 27. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., residents can meet individually with Congressman Latta and discuss the issues that are most important to them and their families. Staff will also be available to assist with casework or help residents with any issues they may have with the federal government.
 
Residents are not required to RSVP, but should contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446 if they have any questions. Media is also invited to attend the event, but should RSVP to Drew Griffin at drew.griffin@mail.house.gov. Details for the event include the following:
 
WHO: Congressman Bob Latta
WHAT: One-On-One Meetings with Constituents
WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 9 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Williams County Courthouse, Common Pleas Courtroom #2, Third Floor, 1 Courthouse Square, Bryan, OH 43506

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Latta to Host One-On-One Meetings in Oak Harbor

2016/07/18

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents at the Oak Harbor Public Library Meeting Room, 147 W. Main Street in Oak Harbor on Thursday, July 28. From Noon to 2 p.m., residents can meet individually with Congressman Latta and discuss the issues that are most important to them and their families. Staff will also be available to assist with casework or help residents with any issues they may have with the federal government.
 
Residents are not required to RSVP, but should contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446 if they have any questions. Media is also invited to attend the event, but should RSVP to Drew Griffin at drew.griffin@mail.house.gov. Details for the event include the following:
 
WHO: Congressman Bob Latta
WHAT: One-On-One Meetings with Constituents
WHEN: Thursday, July 28, Noon – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Oak Harbor Public Library Meeting Room, 147 W. Main Street, Oak Harbor, OH 43449

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Senate Approves Latta-authored Legislation Naming Findlay Post Office After Former U.S. Rep. Mike Oxley

2016/07/15

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation authored by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) to name the Findlay Post Office after former U.S. and Ohio Representative Mike Oxley. The bill, H.R. 4925, designates the post office at 229 West Main Cross Street in Findlay, Ohio as the ‘Michael Garver Oxley Memorial Post Office Building.’ The legislation recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives and now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Congressman Oxley served over thirty years in the Ohio legislature and in Congress where he rose to become Chairman of the Financial Services Committee.
 
“Ohio lost an exemplary leader and public servant when Mike Oxley passed away earlier this year," said Latta. “His work in Columbus and Washington on behalf of his constituents should not be forgotten and renaming the Findlay Post Office in his honor will be a fitting tribute. I thank the Senate, and specifically Senator Portman, for their efforts to quickly approve this legislation, and I look forward to the President signing it into law."

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Latta Votes to Defund Stifling Regulations, Cut Bureaucratic Red Tape

2016/07/14

Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing H.R. 5538, the Fiscal Year 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill. The annual spending bill includes a number of provisions to cut burdensome red tape and prohibit funding for the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule and regulations on power plants. Provisions that Latta has championed to provide flexibility for states to implement new ozone standards were also included in the legislation.

“The Obama Administration continues its bureaucratic overreach with rules and regulations that unnecessarily burden our farmers and hardworking men and women who are business owners," said Latta. “From a WOTUS rule that would require obtaining a permit for puddles and ponds to a power plant plan that would massively increase energy costs for Ohio families, this unaccountable rule-making must be stopped. H.R. 5538 makes it clear that money is not to be spent on these harmful regulations.”

The President’s Waters of the United States rule significantly expands the scope and jurisdiction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corp of Engineers to include the majority of all waters and wet areas in the United States. This would mean landowners, farmers, home builders, and construction companies would have to use limited resources to apply for costly, time-consuming permits for ponds, ditches, or puddles, which they may not even be able to obtain.

The new power plant regulations were added last year as part of the Administration’s Climate Action Plan. The regulations would cause annual electricity increases between 12-17% for American families and businesses if put into effect. Aside from the impact on electricity costs, the new regulations would also cost jobs and harm the economy.

The provisions regarding new ozone requirements mirror recent legislation voted on in the House, and has long been championed by Latta, that would allow states more time and flexibility to implement the new standards. Congressman Latta voted for that legislation last month.

Additionally, the Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill includes provisions supported by the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus. Latta served as co-chair of the caucus last Congress. H.R. 5538 prohibits the federal government from regulating lead content of fishing tackle and ammunition and also prohibits federal funds from being used to limit recreational hunting and shooting on public lands.  
 
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Latta Backs Package of Bills to Hold Iran Accountable

2016/07/14

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has voted for three pieces of legislation to hold Iran accountable for its funding terrorism, carrying out illegal ballistic missile tests, and other provocative actions. The U.S. House of Representatives passed all three bills, H.R. 5631, the Iran Accountability Act; H.R. 5119, the No Heavy Water From Iran Act; and H.R. 4992, the U.S. Financial System Protection Act.

“It’s been one year since the Administration announced that the President had reached a deal with Iran about its nuclear program," said Latta. “While the President sold the agreement by saying it would change Iran’s behavior, we’ve instead seen an even more emboldened, rogue nation. Their behavior threatens the stability of the Middle East, and they must be held accountable for their actions.”

Background on the three bills:

H.R. 5631 – The Iran Accountability Act – This legislation holds Iran accountable for the continued illegal development of its ballistic missile program, its support for international terrorism, and its ongoing record of human rights abuses. The legislation imposes sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and entities that do business with the IRGC. The bill also imposes sanctions on sectors of the Iranian economy that aid in its efforts to develop its ballistic missile program. H.R. 5631 would also expand the list of individuals that can be sanctioned for human rights abuses and requires the President to report annually on efforts to free Americans held hostage in Iran.

H.R. 5119 – The No Heavy Water From Iran Act – Heavy water is an essential part of the production of weapons-grad plutonium and nuclear weapons. Last year's nuclear agreement requires Iran to get rid of nearly all of its heavy water supplies, but does not say how. The U.S. has agreed to purchase 32 metric tons of heavy water from Iran with taxpayer money. The legislation prohibits the usage of U.S. tax dollars from purchasing heavy water from Iran and subsidizing the rogue government.

H.R. 4992 – The U.S. Financial Protection Act – Since the Iran agreement, the government has gained access to tens of billions in funds held abroad, signed deals worth over $100 billion in foreign investment, and is now selling oil on the international market. H.R. 4992 codifies existing regulations prohibiting the Administration from allowing the U.S. Dollar to be use to facilitate trade transactions with Iran. It maintains these provisions until the President certifies that Iran no longer supports terrorism, abuses human rights, or develops ballistic missiles.
 
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Latta Votes to Give Health Care Providers Conscience Protections

2016/07/13

Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing H.R. 4828, the Conscience Protection Act, to ensure that health care providers are not required to participate in abortions if it violates their beliefs. The legislation protects hospitals, doctors, nurses, and insurance plans from having to to carry out, assist, or fund the procedure if they have conscientious objections.
 
“Doctors and nurses enter into the health care field to save lives, and it’s not surprising that many object to participating in any action where they are taking them,” said Latta. “For many, being required to take part in such a brutal procedure violates the Hippocratic Oath. No one should be required to violate their conscience."
 
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Latta Raises Concerns About Proposed FCC Regulations at Hearing

2016/07/12

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) raised concerns at a Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology hearing about proposed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations and the negative effect they would have on small companies and customers. All five FCC commissioners testified at the “Oversight of the Federal Communications Commission” hearing.
 
Latta’s opening statement focused on proposed FCC rules regarding privacy requirements for broadband internet service providers and the commission’s set-top box proposal.
 
"I urge the Commission to continue to work with the industry to develop an alternative plan that will foster competition and innovation while protecting small TV providers from onerous regulations, offer consumers more choice and privacy protection, and safeguard programming content and license agreements,” Latta said during his opening statement. "Considering the Commission’s integral role in this marketplace, we must be watchful of the regulatory policies it places on the communications and technology industries.”
 
Video of Congressman Latta’s opening statement is available here.
 
Latta also asked FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly about the effect that improved technologies like the Spectrum Frontiers Order and the development of 5G would have on the Internet of Things (IoT). Congressman Latta is currently leading a bipartisan IoT working group. His last question was directed at FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and focused on the commission’s set-top box proposal and the impact it would have on small pay-TV providers and rural areas.
 
Video of Latta’s questions to FCC Commissioners and their responses is available here.
 
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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


House Passes Latta's E-LABEL Act

2014-09-11 18:37:22


Latta Speaks in Support of STELA Reauthorization

2014-07-22 20:36:00


Congressman Latta Says #Yes2Energy

2014-06-25 20:27:10


Latta Questions EPA Regarding Proposed C02 Regulations' Impact on Ohio

2014-06-19 16:41:10


Latta Supports STELA Reauthorization

2014-03-25 21:47:55


Latta: Obamacare HHS Mandate Violates First Amendment Rights

2014-03-25 18:52:39


Latta: Keystone XL Pipeline Will Bring More Than 2,000 Jobs to Ohio

2014-03-13 23:46:02


Latta Offers Amendment to Electricity Security and Affordability Act on House Floor

2014-03-06 19:29:07


Latta Supports SHARE Act on House Floor

2014-02-05 20:01:45


Congressman Latta and Sherri Garner Brumbaugh Give SOTU Predictions

2014-01-28 23:54:32


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Committee Assignments

Energy and Commerce

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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