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.
U.S. Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell:
“Today’s ruling does not change the fact that ObamaCare is a deeply flawed law that has not delivered on what it promised to do. We have had time to read it, we have had time to learn what’s in it, and we have had time to see it doesn’t work. It has put Washington in between patients and their doctors, increased costs, reduced coverage choices, and created uncertainty for families and businesses.
The Court has made its decision, and House Republicans will continue moving forward and continue to focus on fixing a broken system with policies that put patients first. My responsibility is to protect my constituents, not failed policies. My colleagues and I will continue to advance solutions in Congress that lowers costs, increases access, and expands the rights of Americans across the board to have a voice in their healthcare options.”Read More
On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs held a legislative hearing to review several important pieces of veteran’s legislation, including H.R. 1302, the VA Appeals Backlog Relief Act, a bill introduced by Congressman Bob Latta (OH-05).
“I thank Chairman Miller, Subcommittee Chairman Abraham, and Ranking Members Brown and Titus for taking this legislation under consideration today,” said Rep. Latta. “We are blessed to have the bravest men and women in the world serving in America’s armed forces. As they fought to preserve the freedoms that define our nation, this country and this body have the obligation to ensure they receive the timely care and benefits they deserve upon their return home.”
“The VA’s lack of timely claims processing has created a massive backlog in which there are at least 300,000 appeals claims currently pending, with nearly 60,000 pending VA Form 9’s with an average pending time of well over 600 days,” Latta continued. “The VA Appeals Backlog Relief Act would make it mandatory for all appeals claims to be certified to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) no later than 12 months after the local VA office receives the VA Form 9. I would ask my colleagues for their continued support of H.R. 1302 so we can better fulfill our obligations to our nation’s veterans.”
Read: Rep. Latta Statement for the RecordRead More
Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) joined colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing a key bill in support of seniors’ access to affordable, quality health care.
H.R. 1190, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2015, eliminates the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a body comprised of 15 unelected officials with authority to unilaterally cut Medicare spending.
“This is a board of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats with the ability to make decisions that will impact the lives and care of tens of thousands of Medicare patients. This unchecked authority to control funding gives enormous power to dictate what type of care a patient receives,” said Rep. Latta. “Even President Obama’s former Budget Director has called IPAB the ‘single biggest yielding of power to an independent entity since the creation of the Federal Reserve’. IPAB must be repealed.”
The bill, first introduced by Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA) and Rep. Roe (R-TN), passed with support in favor of eliminating bureaucratic control over the cuts to Medicare spending.
“Physicians and patients are in the best position to decide their own health care – a fact recognized today in this vote. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to ensure healthcare is left to the individual and to the experts, not the Washington Bureaucracy.”
Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) joined colleagues in passing H.R. 2042, The Ratepayer Protection Act, through the U.S. House of Representatives.
The legislation, a response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan, passed with bipartisan support 247-180.
The Clean Power Plan, proposed last June, is a rule for existing power plants. In the rule, EPA interprets a rarely invoked provision of the Clean Air Act that would allow the agency to set mandatory carbon dioxide (CO2) “goals” for each state’s electricity system.
The Agency proposal would require states to submit complex plans to EPA in 2016, and to begin to meet interim goals in 2020 and a final goal in 2030. Should a state not submit a plan that satisfies the agency, the EPA would impose a federal plan. EPA estimates annual costs of $5.5 billion to $7.5 billion in 2020 and $7.3 billion to $8.8 billion in 2030.
H.R. 2042 provides a safe harbor for states to protect its ratepayers. Should a Governor determine the implementation of a State or Federal plan will have significant adverse effect on the state’s residential, retail, commercial, or industrial ratepayers, or on the reliability of the state’s electricity system, the state would no longer be required to implement the plan.
“The Clean Power Plan is a misguided proposal by the EPA that, once again, demonstrates the Agency’s unwillingness to work with the states in determining the best course of action as it relates to their specific energy needs,” said Rep. Latta. “This legislation effectively protects the ratepayers in Ohio and elsewhere by ensuring states retain control of their electricity markets, and are able to act in their own best interests.”
According to a summary of state concerns, “32 states made legal objections, 28 raised significant concerns regarding compliance costs and economic impacts, 32 warned electricity reliability problems, and 34 states objected to EPA’s rushed regulatory timelines.”
From the Summary:
Ohio Public Utility Commission: “Again, US EPA, through the CPP, takes an approach whereby it seeks to act in the energy industry without the requisite knowledge or understanding of the plan’s far-reaching impacts. The NERC Reliability Study highlights that the risks to reliability are legitimate. Reliability of the electric grid cannot be compromised, as the health of this nation’s economy and populous depends on the delivery of reliable energy. Based upon the NERC Reliability Study, it appears that the CPP and its ambitious implementation timeframe could inflict serious harm by jeopardizing reliability.”
“Given the combination of higher direct electricity costs and the fact that these costs would flow to every part of Ohio’s economy, Ohioans would undoubtedly face financial hardship as a result of the CPP’s sweeping reforms if the rule is finalized in its proposed form.”
Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine:“The U.S. EPA’s proposed rule on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants breaches limitations enshrined in the Clean Air Act and extends far beyond the Agency’s authority in seeking to reconfigures the nation’s energy policies and priorities.”
“The proposed rule is anticipated to cost Ohio residents billions of dollars a year by 2025 while jeopardizing the reliability of our State’s electric grid – all without basis in the law.”
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency:“It is not possible for states to meet the deadline of 2020 for the initial reductions. States should not be penalized for the arbitrary dates in the Presidential order that were chosen without a complete understanding of the process needed to modify state legislation, propose and adopt rules, and then have the regulated entities have adequate time to initiate control measures.”
Under the proposed regulations, The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio predicted wholesale market energy prices will be 39 percent higher in the year 2025 and cost Ohioans approximately $2.5 billion.
“Affordable, reliable power is vital to Ohio’s economic development. For years, jobs have come to Ohio because of the abundance of low electric rates, which is especially important for much of the energy-intensive manufacturing found in my district,” Rep. Latta continued. “The Ratepayer Protection Act guarantees states can keep energy prices affordable, and protect our families and businesses from the burdensome costs of these misguided regulations.”Read More
Today, U.S. Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) joined colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing a key bill in support of American innovation in the medical field, and a repeal on the tax that threatens its growth.
H.R. 160, The Protect Medical Innovation Act, repeals the burdensome 2.3 percent excise tax on the sale of medical devices imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.
“This is a tax against advances in the medical field. The future of this growing and innovative industry is confronted with much uncertainty following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act including this medical device tax,” said Rep. Latta. “As one of the most onerous taxes contained in the health care law, it must repealed.”
Data from a 2014 industry survey shows the tax resulted in employment reductions of 14,000 industry workers through 2013 with approximately an additional 4,500 jobs lost in 2014.
Furthermore, the study forecasted the industry will forgo the hiring of over 20,000 employees over the next five years. Overall, the lost jobs and lack of growth caused by the tax will result in 39,000 fewer industry jobs.
From the survey:
Applying this ratio to jobs lost or forgone suggests that the impact of the tax on indirect employment could be as much as 156,000 jobs, for a total job loss due to the tax of 195,000 jobs. – Impact of the Medical Device Excise Tax (1/2015)
“This excise tax would have devastating consequences on the medical device industry. This is an irresponsible tax that threatens to stifle American innovation and job creation,” Latta continued. “We cannot jeopardize the benefits of medical advances for future generations in order to fill the coffers of the federal government today.”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.
Congrats to Wood County Commissioner Jim Carter on retirement. Thank you for your service! http://t.co/jGp2juseNZ
Great time this weekend at the Ottawa County Fair! Pit stop at the #FFA food booth.
Great to be on hand today to celebrate the career and service of Wood County Commissioner Jim Carter. Thanks for your service, and congratulations
According to the July 23, 1915 Perrysburg Journal, the best place to get your #coal 100 years ago in #OH05 was Perrysburg Tile and Brick. They
Great time shooting at Camp Perry National Matches.
July 20, 1969: "One Giant Leap For Mankind." - 46 years ago today, Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to walk on the Moon.