Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today released the following statement after the President’s announcement that he would drop his proposal that would have increased taxes on 529 college savings plans:
“I am glad the President dropped his misguided proposal that would have increased taxes on 529 college savings plans, and ultimately, hurt hardworking middle class Americans who are trying to send their children to college,” said Latta. “Now is the time to empower American families. I encourage the President to continue to listen to the American people and abandon his outdated, top-down policies and instead focus on ways we can create jobs and grow our economy.”
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing several pieces of legislation to combat human trafficking and provide protection to the victims of this abuse and exploitation. Human trafficking is a $32 billion a year industry, which affects millions of children, women and men across the United States and throughout the world. In addition, Toledo has some of the highest human trafficking rates in the nation.
“Human trafficking is a rapidly growing problem that demands our immediate attention,” said Latta. “Instances of human trafficking are multiplying across the country and taking root in our neighborhoods and communities with more than 1,000 victims in Ohio each year. This week’s votes in the House are critical, bipartisan steps to combatting this epidemic at home and abroad, and I applaud my colleagues for working together to end this modern-day form of slavery.”
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) today led a letter, which included other members of the Ohio delegation, to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell expressing concern about guidance released by CMS that describes the types of settings in which states may use federal Medicaid funds to pay for home and community based services (HCBS). Under this guidance, a “farmstead or disability-specific farm community” is listed as an example of a residential setting that has the effect of isolating individuals receiving HCBS from the broader community.
“Our state is home to several farmstead programs, like Bittersweet Farms, which is located in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District,” said Latta. “These programs provide vocational and education programs, as well as residential support, for people with autism that enable these individuals to maximize their potential. CMS’ guidance could inhibit the availability of these types of services for the individuals who benefit from them. I join my colleagues in urging the Secretary to remove rural, farmstead or disability-specific farm communities from this list, so all Ohioans can continue to have a choice in participating in these farmstead programs.”
“Programs such as Northwest Ohio’s jewel, Bittersweet Farms, provide crucial services for those with autism as well as confidence for their families and guardians,” said Kaptur. “We urge the Secretary to review the proposed exclusion of farmstead environments in CMS rule making. Experience shows that settings such as Bittersweet Farms have measureable benefit in better outcomes for participants and result in improvement in the daily lives of so many with autism.”
A copy of the letter can be found here.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today released the following in recognition of the 42nd Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., the largest pro-life event in the world.
“Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision of Roe v. Wade – a decision that has altered humanity by legalizing abortion in our nation,” said Latta. “Since that day, there have been more than 55 million abortions in the United States. This loss of life is extremely disheartening, but I am thankful to see so many Americans, especially those from Northwest and West Central Ohio, in our nation’s capital rallying in support of our shared pro-life values. The March for Life represents an opportunity to strengthen our voices and renew our efforts in support of life across the country.”
Congressman Latta also joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to support H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. H.R. 7 codifies policies enacted for more than thirty years on a case-by-case basis that prohibit federal funding of abortion.
In addition, Congressman Latta spoke on the House floor yesterday in support of the March for Life and the importance of protecting the sanctity of life. To hear his speech, watch the video below:
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) today reintroduced the Energy Star Program Integrity Act, bipartisan legislation to promote continued development of energy efficient appliances through the Energy Star Program.
“Energy efficiency is a critical component of our national energy strategy,” said Latta and Welch. “The Energy Star Program Integrity Act will strengthen the Energy Star Program, which has already proven to be a successful tool in advancing the development and use of energy efficient technologies and promoting economic expansion and job growth for participating manufacturers. This legislation is the product of bipartisan collaboration with impacted stakeholders and will balance the program's incentives and agency oversight with consumer protections."
Under current procedures, when an Energy Star product is disqualified from the program, a reinstatement process is initiated whereby the manufacturer and the administering agency resolve the cause for disqualification. Within this process, it is determined whether any consumers have been harmed and if compensation is warranted. Since this process has proven successful, the Energy Star Program Integrity Act simply codifies the existing process. This modest fix will help to deter costly class action lawsuits that could chill participation in the Energy Star Program.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today released the following statement after listening to the President’s State of the Union address:
“I, like many Americans, listened to tonight’s State of the Union address hoping to hear the President outline a clear plan that would spur job creation and put America’s hardworking taxpayers first,” said Latta. “I had hoped to hear how the President would proactively lead our nation in matters of national security and that there would be a renewed focus on domestic energy production. Instead, the President focused on the same failed policies that have burdened Americans with more government, more regulations and higher taxes. America’s new Congress provides an opportunity for us to work together to put Americans’ priorities first – to develop a government that is efficient and works for the people, not against them. Tonight, the President missed this opportunity, but I would welcome him to join us in this effort going forward.”
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), Vice Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, today released the following statement in support of House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune’s (R-SD) proposal to protect both consumers and the Internet, while also spurring job creation and economic growth.
“The Internet is the symbol of American ingenuity and investment in the 21st Century,” said Latta. “As we work to update our communications laws, it is imperative that we protect our digital economy from excessive government overreach, while also providing consumers the protections they need. I applaud Chairmen Upton and Thune for working together to develop a proposal that will establish clear, reasonable rules for the Internet. I am also pleased that this proposal includes a provision similar to the legislation I sponsored to prevent the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) from reclassifying the Internet under Title II. I look forward to examining this proposal in further detail with my Energy and Commerce Committee colleagues at our hearing this week.”
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today reintroduced H.R. 389, the Great Lakes & Fresh Water Algal Blooms Information Act, bipartisan legislation to examine the causes and current mitigation efforts of algal blooms in the Great Lakes, their tributaries and surface fresh waters. Congressman Latta previously introduced the legislation in the 113th Congress.
“The Great Lakes & Fresh Water Algal Blooms Information Act would create a central information system to study and monitor the health of our Great Lakes,” said Latta. “Last August’s water emergency highlighted the importance of keeping these vital resources healthy, and my legislation would establish a comprehensive database to help better determine the causes of harmful algal blooms, as well as the best ways to combat them, so we can protect these national treasures for generations to come.”
Algal blooms, and especially toxin producing Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB), are a serious problem threatening the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Erie. The Great Lakes & Fresh Water Algal Blooms Information Act requires the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create an electronic database for the voluntary submission of research and information regarding algal blooms causes and mitigation efforts in the Great Lakes by accredited entities. NOAA will also be required to report these important findings to Congress.
A copy of the legislation can be found here. Latta also reintroduced the Drinking Water Protection Act last week to protect the health of our drinking water. Both pieces of legislation are thoughtful solutions, developed with input from key stakeholders, to address the challenges experienced during last year’s water emergency in Northwest Ohio.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to support H.R. 240, the FY 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill. The legislation includes five amendments, which will defund the President’s unconstitutional, illegal executive actions on immigration in their entirety.
“In December, we made a promise to the American people that we would do everything in our power to stop the President’s unconstitutional actions on amnesty,” said Latta. “Today’s passage of H.R. 240 is the fulfillment of that promise. We cannot allow the President to overstep his Constitutional authority, and this legislation will eliminate all funds to implement the President’s illegal actions.”
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) will be hosting a reception for Ohioans, who will be traveling to Washington, D.C., on Thursday, January 22, for the March for Life. The event is an opportunity for constituents to meet with Congressman Latta and enjoy light refreshments, while they advocate for their shared pro-life values.
The March for Life in Washington, D.C., is the largest pro-life event in the world and coincides with the anniversary of the Supreme Court decisions in Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton.
Residents who would like to attend should RSVP to Rachel Schwegman via email or by calling Congressman Latta’s D.C. office at 202-225-6405.
Details for the reception include the following:
WHO: Congressman Bob Latta and Ohio residents
WHAT: March for Life Reception
WHEN: Thursday, January 22, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Room 2322, Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515
RSVP: Rachel Schwegman, Rachel.Schwegman@mail.house.gov, 202-225-6405
2448 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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.
President’s misguided 529 proposal would have hurt hardworking middle class Americans trying to send kids to college: http://t.co/bJGSUiQFED
Proud to be one of 114 bipartisan co-sponsors on H.R. 594 – legislation sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar that will prevent the EPA from improperly
I am glad the President dropped his misguided proposal that would have increased taxes on 529 college savings plans, and ultimately, hurt hardworking
Here are some photos from last week's #MarchforLife event. Thank you to all who traveled from Ohio to DC to support the sanctity of life.
Instances of human trafficking are multiplying across the country and taking root in our neighborhoods and communities with more than 1,000 victims
Excited to be a part of the Energy and Commerce Cures initiative to accelerate the #Path2Cures. #Cures2015 has begun: