Bob Latta

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Latta Statement Regarding President Ghani’s Address Before Congress

2015/03/25

 

 

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today released the following statement regarding His Excellency Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s address before the United States Congress.

“This morning, President Ghani addressed a joint meeting of Congress, in which he expressed his nation’s gratitude for the sacrifice that the men and women of the United States armed forces have made for them.”

President Ghani cited the gains his country has made from the rejection of radical Islam, rooting out corruption, reversing government mismanagement, and women’s rights. In 2001, no girls were enrolled in school, while today over three million girls attend school. He also promised to bring four women into his cabinet.

Latta continued by saying, “President Ghani’s words were insightful. He acknowledged that much needs to be done, but pledged to forge ahead to help the Afghan people.”

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Latta Supports Budget Resolution to Get Nation’s Fiscal House in Order

2015/03/25

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to support H.Con.Res 27 the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Resolution.

“We have seen the negative impacts that have resulted from this Administration’s out-of-control spending,” said Latta. “The passage of today’s budget resolution is a positive step toward getting our fiscal house in order and putting our nation back on a path to economic prosperity. It balances our budget in less than 10 years and cuts spending by $5.5 trillion, while also providing increased funding for our national defense to protect our nation from those who wish to do us harm.  In addition, it provides reconciliation instructions that will fully repeal Obamacare and promote access to patient-centered health care reform.

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Latta Reintroduces Legislation to Repeal Automatic Pay Adjustment for Members of Congress

2015/03/24

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today reintroduced legislation to repeal the automatic pay adjustment for Members of Congress.

“Hardworking Americans across the country continue to face tough financial decisions to make ends meet,” said Latta. “As Congress works to tackle this nation’s overwhelming debt and deficit that are burdening our future generations, Members of Congress should not receive a pay increase. Any attempts to increase Member pay should not be automatic but rather receive a recorded vote.”

Under current law, which was enacted in 1989, a formula for the automatic annual pay adjustment for Members of Congress goes into effect automatically unless Congress statutorily denies it. Congress has not allowed a pay increase since January 2009. For Fiscal Year 2015, there is no automatic pay increase per Public Law 113-235. Congressman Latta’s legislation, which he previously introduced in the 112th and 113th Congress, would permanently end these automatic pay increases.

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Latta Statement on Administration's Latest Attempt to Discourage American Energy Production

2015/03/20

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), member of the of the Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy and Power Subcommittee, today released the following statement regarding the Administration's regulations on hydraulic fracturing on federal lands: 

"Today’s final rule by the Department of the Interior is another attempt by this Administration to discourage American energy production by making it more complex and costly to develop U.S. natural resources," said Latta. "American consumers are currently benefitting from the boom of oil and gas production in the United States, and the Energy Information Administration predicts that the average U.S. household will save approximately $750 in gasoline costs this year. While we must ensure oil and gas are produced safely, we must also work to prevent costly and burdensome regulations that will hinder businesses from being able to develop our resources."

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Latta Raises Concerns about Net Neutrality, Rural Telecommunications at FCC Hearing

2015/03/19

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), Vice Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, today questioned the five Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) at a subcommittee hearing. Latta raised concerns about the FCC’s decision to reclassify the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act. He also addressed the FCC’s new threshold for broadband speeds and how this will deter investment and competitiveness in rural broadband markets, like parts of Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District.

“The communications and technology industry is a beacon of success and productivity and a bright spot in our economy, as it rapidly advances and evolves to meet consumer demands,” said Latta. “Given the FCC’s integral role in the broadband marketplace, it is critical that the agency is transparent, efficient and accountable.

“I am concerned about the direction the FCC has taken in regard to reclassification of the Internet. Abandoning the successful light-touch regulatory approach will negatively impact the industry’s flexibility and deter future investment, innovation and job creation. The FCC’s handling of this issue was not transparent and represents a regulatory overreach that will have lasting negative consequences.

“The FCC’s new threshold for broadband speeds will also deter growth and competitiveness in rural markets. This decision was unnecessary and will have unfair repercussions on consumers and businesses in these areas. I would caution the FCC to rethink both of these decisions and instead work with Congress to put forward sound policies that will strengthen our communications and technology laws, so the United States can continue to be a leader in these areas.”

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Deadline Approaches for 2015 Congressional Art Competition

2015/03/19

The deadline for high school students in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District to submit their original artwork for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition is Wednesday, April 1. The competition, which is hosted by Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), provides an opportunity for one high school student to have his or her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

“The Congressional Art Competition is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase the wealth of artistic talent in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District,” said Latta. “I encourage all high school students to submit their artwork this year and look forward to seeing our district’s artwork on display in the United States Capitol.”

All artwork will be on display at the Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery in the University of Findlay's Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion from April 27 through May 2. The winners of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition will be announced at a reception held in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion on Saturday, May 2. The overall winner’s artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol alongside the artwork from other nationwide contestants. In addition, three honorable mentions will also be announced and displayed in Congressman Latta's district offices.

Each student is allowed one entry. Eligible artwork includes the following:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers
  • Collage: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums, such as pencil, ink, etc.
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography

Applicants can drop off their application and artwork at one of the Congressman’s district offices located in:

Bowling Green – 1045 N. Main Street, Suite 6, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

Defiance – 101 Clinton Street, Suite 1200, Defiance, Ohio 43512

Findlay – 318 Dorney Plaza, Room 302, Findlay, Ohio 45840

District staff is also available to pick up artwork from students. To arrange a pick-up time, contact Congressman Latta’s office toll-free at (800) 541-6446.

For more information about the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, click here. Additional rules and guidelines can also be found here.

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Latta, Murphy, Yarmuth Reintroduce Infection Reduction Labeling Act

2015/03/18

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), along with Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Congressman John A. Yarmuth (D-KY), today reintroduced H.R. 1424, the Infection Reduction Labeling Act. The legislation would ultimately help reduce the rate of hospital-acquired infections by allowing solid antimicrobial copper products to be labeled with their infection reduction properties.

“Infection rates within hospitals are staggering,” said Latta. “More than 4 percent of patients develop an infection during their hospital stay, resulting in 100,000 deaths and more than $100 billion in additional health care costs each year. The Infection Reduction Labeling Act would enable producers to accurately display the intrinsic properties of antimicrobial copper products, encouraging their adoption in health care settings and saving lives.”

"We can save thousands of lives right now by using copper surfaces to kill deadly bacteria,” said Murphy. “Bacteria like highly infectious MRSA dies within minutes when exposed to a copper surface, but if left on plastics or other similar materials, MRSA can last for days. Since 80 percent of infectious diseases are transferred by touch, expanded use of copper fixtures and surfaces will dramatically reduce the spread of deadly hospital-acquired infections.”

Trials have indicated that the use of solid antimicrobial copper surfaces in hospital intensive care units can drastically reduce patient infection rates. While solid copper alloys have already been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are registered as an antimicrobial agent under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, current law does not permit the EPA to allow the labeling of these products as antimicrobial by producers. This legislation would permit such labeling, so these products’ infection-reducing properties can be fully realized. 

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

2015/03/17

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents in the downstairs meeting room of the Oak Harbor Public Library, located at 147 West Main Street in Oak Harbor, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, March 20. During this time, residents can meet individually with Congressman Latta and discuss federal 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 involving the federal government.

Residents are not required to RSVP, but should contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446 in the event of inclement weather or if they have any questions.

Media is also invited to attend the event, but should RSVP to Sarah Criser. Details for the event include the following:

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta

WHAT: One-On-One Meetings with Constituents

WHEN: Friday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Oak Harbor Public Library, 147 West Main Street, Oak Harbor, Ohio 43449

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Olson, Latta Reintroduce Ozone Bill Requiring EPA to Balance Clean Air with Economic Stability

2015/03/17

Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) and Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) today reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to include feasibility and economic impacts when issuing major rules. EPA has indicated they intend to propose a National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone, from the current level of 75 parts per billion (PPB) down to 70-65 PPB. These levels are so low that most of America will be out of compliance. The Clean Air, Strong Economies (CASE) Act, would require EPA to protect health AND consider feasibility when issuing rules under the Clean Air Act. 

"America has made important gains in air quality over the last 30 years and will continue down this path," Rep. Olson said. "But this new level puts most of America out of compliance, putting jobs and economic development at risk. Our bipartisan bill will update the Clean Air Act to allow EPA to consider economic costs when issuing rules, something they are currently not allowed to do. It would bring the proper balance to improving air quality, while doing so with achievable technology and ensuring the process does the least harm to our economy.”

“We all want clean air and a healthy environment,” said Rep. Latta. “When proceeding with new regulations, they must be achievable and without significant harm to our economy. Manufacturers should not be faced with the choice of complying with EPA regulations or staying in business. Not only would these new standards put much of America out of compliance, but they also fail to take into account the $270 billion and millions of jobs that would be lost nationwide. The CASE Act would ensure we continue to improve our air quality, while also factoring in the feasibility of compliance and economic harm.” 

“‘Nonattainment’ designations under the ozone NAAQS are often viewed as devastating for economic and business development in an area because they lead to permitting delays, restrictions on expansion, increased costs to industry, and adverse impacts on transportation planning. Consequently – as called for by the CASE Act – it is imperative that the EPA consider all relevant factors, use the best scientific data, and be completely transparent in its review and setting of any ozone standard. We applaud Representatives Olson and Latta’s introduction of the CASE Act, which is an important piece of legislation for the business community, as well as states and localities working to grow their economies and bring new jobs to their areas,” said Bill Kovacs of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Original cosponsors of the CASE Act include: Henry Cuellar (D-TX), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), John Shimkus (R-IL), David McKinley (R-WV), Scott Tipton (R-CO), Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Andy Barr (R-KY), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Bill Johnson (R-OH), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Bill Flores (R-TX), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Billy Long (R-MO), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Jason Smith (R-MO), Randy Hultgren (R-IL), Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Brian Babin (R-TX), Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Rod Blum (R-IA), John Duncan (R-TN), Walter Jones (R-NC), and Ted Yoho (R-FL).

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Latta to Host One-On-One Meetings in Ottawa

2015/03/10

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents at the Putnam County Courthouse Assembly Hall, located at 245 East Main Street in Ottawa, Ohio, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 13. During this time, residents can meet individually with Congressman Latta and discuss federal 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 involving the federal government.

Residents are not required to RSVP, but should contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446 in the event of inclement weather or if they have any questions.

Media is also invited to attend the event, but should RSVP to Sarah Criser. Details for the event include the following:

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta

WHAT: One-On-One Meetings with Constituents

WHEN: Friday, March 13, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Putnam County Courthouse Assembly Hall, 245 East Main Street, Ottawa, Ohio 45875

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Contact Information

2448 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6405
Fax 202-225-1985
latta.house.gov

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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