Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) voted yesterday in support of legislation that will protect American veterans by increasing the accountability of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), and allow for small businesses to hire more veterans with greater ease.
H.R. 3236 includes the Hire More Heroes Act, which exempts veterans enrolled in health care provided by the VA or TRICARE from being counted as part of the 50 full-time employee thresholds for purposes of the employer mandate. It also includes a provision allowing eligible Veterans who are receiving care from the VA for a service-connected disability to continue to contribute to their Health Savings Account. Additional provisions in the bill further ensure the VA receives the necessary funding in order to provide access to healthcare services in a timely fashion.
“The Hire More Heroes Act is a commonsense, bipartisan solution that encourages small businesses to hire more of our nation’s heroes by exempting veterans from the employer mandate if they already receive health insurance through the VA or TRICARE,” said Rep. Latta. “We owe it to our brave servicemen and women to provide the greatest opportunity for prosperity we can. This legislation supports our veterans in ensuring they are well positioned to find gainful employment, and access to timely care.”
H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act of 2015, makes it easier to hold VA officials at any level accountable, and if necessary, fire them.
“As I often hear from veterans throughout my district, it is clear that the issues within the VA continue to be systemic. We have a responsibility to uphold our promise to the men and women who have served this country, and a duty to ensure they receive quality and timely care. It is incomprehensible that it takes Act of Congress to give the VA authority to fire employees who are not performing for our veterans,” continued Latta. “I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress to make sure the mismanagement of our veterans’ care is addressed, and will continue to urge the President to more diligently focus on addressing the unacceptable environment of the VA.”Read More
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) issued the following statement in support of Senator Rob Portman’s efforts to bring H.R. 212, The Drinking Water Protection Act, for a vote on the U.S. Senate floor. Rep. Latta introduce H.R. 212 earlier this year in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the legislation passed with overwhelming support. These efforts were procedurally blocked by Senate Democrats, causing further delay of passage into law legislation that is vital to the protection of the drinking water sources Ohioans depend on:
“This legislation is vital to helping ensure the protection of the public health and safety of Ohioans the who rely on the Great Lakes for their drinking water. I applaud Senator Portman for his continued efforts to advance this bill in the Senate, and urge others to join us in supporting its passage. I introduced this legislation in the House of Representatives at the beginning of the year, and as Senator Portman noted, it passed through the House nearly five months ago with overwhelming bipartisan support. With some scientists predicting the possibility of severe outbreaks of algal toxins as we get further into summer, we cannot afford to waste anymore time in getting this commonsense, widely supported legislation into law.”
On Tuesday, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) joined in supporting the passage of H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2015, through the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. Latta was a cosponsor of the legislation.
Estimates show federal regulations cost nearly $1.9 trillion last year, with 3,554 new regulations imposed on American businesses in 2014 alone. That burden is stifling America’s job creators and families, at the equivalent of $14,976 per U.S. household and 11.5% of real Gross Domestic Product.
“72% of small businesses reported that regulations were hurting their ‘operating environment’. This is a crushing blow to America’s job creators and working men and women. These costs are particularly harmful to our many small and rural companies, who are currently forced to bear the burden of these unnecessary federal regulations,” said Latta.
Regulations are a serious burden in the 5th District. During the past year, when I was touring a small business that had 10 employees, they had to hire an 11th as a compliance officer - just to deal with all the new regulations. This Bill will create an environment that would allow our region’s employers to thrive.”
H.R. 427 amends the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to require congressional approval of major agency regulations before those regulations can go into effect.
Specifically, the bill requires Congress to pass, and the President to sign, a joint resolution approving a new major regulation issued by a regulatory agency before the regulation may take effect, instead of requiring Congress to disapprove of such regulations.
“For too long, unelected Washington bureaucrats have placed unnecessary burdens on America’s hardworking men and women who create jobs for their neighbors. This Act restores congressional responsibility and accountability in the regulatory process so that the elected representatives of the people can be held accountable to their constituents, and create the environment most conducive to economic growth.”Read More
Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) led a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy regarding the Agency’s proposed rule on ozone standards.
Over 130 colleagues joined Congressman Latta in the bipartisan letter to Administrator McCarthy, asking her to consider the consequences of a revision to EPA’s current National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) from the current standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb) - which states are only just beginning to implement - to a level between 65-70ppb.
The letter calls on the EPA to “allow time for the benefits of the current ozone standard to become effective by retaining the current ozone standard.”
“Just as the previous revisions to the NAAQS standards are currently being implemented in counties across the country, the EPA proposed new standards that are overly burdensome, technically unattainable and deficiently demonstrative of providing any environmental or public health benefits,” said Latta. “Since the rule was initially proposed last year, we have heard expert testimony confirming even the possibility of this rule being implemented is proving detrimental to our workforce’s growth and our economy as a whole. The National Association of Manufacturers projects that EPA’s proposal could reduce the U.S. GDP by $140 billion annually, and eliminate 1.4 million job equivalents per year. Overall compliance costs could exceed $1 trillion, making this proposal the most expensive regulation in U.S. history. The impact to Ohio would be especially significant, with projections of over 22,000 lost jobs and $22 billion in Gross State Product Loss from 2017 to 2040.”
The U.S. EPA initially established an ozone standard in 1971, and subsequently revised the standard in 1979, 1997, and 2008. Under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for criteria pollutants, including ground-level ozone. The current standard, set in 2008, established an 8-hour standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb), replacing a 1997 standard equivalent to 84 ppb.
“The EPA’s own data indicates that U.S. ozone precursor emissions have been cut in half since 1980 - reducing ozone in the air by 33%. Without allowing sufficient time for existing measures to take hold, the EPA is now proposing standards so stringent that 2,110 counties - 67% of the country -would fail them, essentially creating a nation of nonattainment areas including the entire state of Ohio,” Latta continued. “The proposed standards are so low that some parts of the country could fall into nonattainment even if all human activity in the area were to cease. Indeed, both Yosemite and the Grand Canyon National Parks would be in violation of the EPA’s proposed standards.”
“It very much appears the administration is using the Clean Air Act to target specific industries, and certainly, if this rule is implemented, the negative consequences would be felt by American workers and consumers across the board. These rules would effectively stifle the incredible advances we have made in the energy, manufacturing and chemical sectors, and eliminate great opportunities for our future economic growth.”
Letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy (LINK)
Full Study: Assessing Economic Impacts of a Stricter National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone (LINK)
Study: What Could Ozone Regulations Cost Ohio? (LINK)
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) released the following statement regarding H.Res. 383, expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the appropriate award of the Purple Heart to the Marines and Sailor killed or wounded in the recent attack at the Navy Operational Support Center and Marine Corps Reserve Center and the Armed Forces Career Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Among the five servicemen killed during the Chattanooga shooting was Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, of Paulding County, Ohio.
“As we pray and grieve with the families of these brave servicemen, we honor their service, and their memory. In their dedication to the great cause of preserving liberty, they made the ultimate sacrifice, and deserve recognition befitting our heroes. “
Following the release of a video revealing Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services discussing the sale of fetal body parts, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) released the following statement denouncing the organization’s practices.
As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Latta will support his colleagues in an investigation of Planned Parenthood.
“The practices of Planned Parenthood revealed in this video are nothing short of appalling. Federal law prohibits the sale of fetal body parts for profit. I appreciate Chairman Upton of the Energy and Commerce Committee and Chairman Goodlatte of the Judiciary Committee for announcing the launch of an investigation into this matter, and will join my colleagues in conducting a thorough investigation of Planned Parenthood. I know that the Committees will address Planned Parenthood’s actions in a swift manner.”
Note: Congressman Latta joined over a 120 House colleagues last week in signing a letter to Chairman Upton and Chairman Goodlatte up the announcement of the investigation.
Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) voted in support of H.R. 1734, the “Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015”.
H.R. 1734 calls for the safe management and disposal of coal ash. The bipartisan legislation is the culmination of a multi-year, multi-Congress effort to improve options for safe energy byproduct management and recycling.
“This important legislation establishes state-based regulatory permit programs with that will ensure the safe management and disposal of coal ash, in a manner that preserves jobs and encourages recycling,” said Rep. Latta. “H.R. 1734 protects public health, and the environment, while providing greater clarity and regulatory certainty for the energy sector so they can provide Americans with affordable electricity.”
Fact sheet: H.R. 1734, the Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015 (LINK)
What They're Saying About Coal Ash Legislation (LINK)
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) released the following statement regarding the death of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, a victim of the tragedy in Chattanooga, TN.
"Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, who was killed while serving his country.
In this tragedy, we are reminded of the dedication and the sacrifices of Randall Smith, and all of our brave servicemen and women who dedicate their lives to preserving the freedoms we hold dear. As we remain in their debt, they remain in our thoughts, hearts, and prayers.”Read More
#Cures2015 Bill Seeks to Help Patients, Modernize Health Care System, and Spark Further Innovation
Rep. Bob Latta today voted in support of H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, landmark bipartisan legislation to help deliver more cures, treatments, and therapies to patients and bring our health care system into the 21st century. This legislation is the product of more than a year of listening to patients and other experts about what steps Congress can take to help researchers, caregivers, and innovators unleash the power of 21st century science and technology. H.R. 6 passed with overwhelming support by a vote of 344-77.
“Today’s innovations are tomorrow’s cures. The 21st Century Cures Act will provide the resources that ensure this country remains a leader in medical innovation, pioneering the next generation of cures and treatments,” said Rep. Latta. “Congress, through a bipartisan coalition, has taken a comprehensive look at what steps we can take to accelerate the pace of cures in America, and this bill is a result of these efforts. Working with patients, patient advocates, researchers, and innovators in the health care system, the House today passed legislation crafted to effectively close the gaps between advances in biomedical research, and the regulatory policies created to save more lives. I urge my colleagues in the Senate not to delay passage of this legislation.”
The 21st Century Cures Act:
· Removes barriers to increased research collaboration;
· Incorporates the patient perspective into drug development and regulatory review process;
· Modernizes clinical trials;
· Provides new incentives for the development of drugs for rare diseases;
· Invests in 21st century science and next generation investigation ($2 billion per year for five years at the National Institutes of Health);
· Helps keep and create jobs here at home.
Read a two-page summary of H.R. 6 online HERE.
Read a list of over 700 groups that stand behind #Cures2015 HERE.
On Monday, at the Civilian Marksmanship Program First Shot Ceremony of the National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches in Port Clinton, Congressman Bob Latta (OH05) presented retired U.S. Army Veteran Mark Kovach with awards recognizing his distinct service as combat veteran in Vietnam.
Mark walked a selfless path in service to our country. His devotedness to protecting and preserving the freedoms and values we hold dear have been demonstrated through his actions, and his steadfast dedication," said Rep. Latta. "I am privileged and grateful to be here to award him with overdue recognition of his incredible courage and invaluable service to this nation.
For his exemplary service, Mr. Kovach was awarded the Purple Heart with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with Three Bronze Service Stars, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, and the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal Unit Citation - First Class.
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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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