Bob Latta

Bob Latta


Latta Participates in White House Meeting on the Opioid Crisis


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) attended an Opioid Listening Session led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie this afternoon at the White House. Christie was recently named to lead the White House’s opioid addiction commission to address the crisis. Last summer, Congressman Latta hosted a forum in Findlay on the opioid epidemic and continues to meet with medical personnel, law enforcement, and advocates throughout Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District on the best ways to address the issue. Latta was part of a small gathering of Members of Congress that attended the event to share their concerns.
“We’ve seen the devastating effects that the opioid epidemic is inflicting on families in Ohio and around the country,” said Latta. “This needs to be a priority of the Administration, and I’m encouraged by the listening session today that President Trump and Governor Christie will be implementing policies to educate the public about the dangers of opioids, prevent addiction, and provide services for those already addicted to drugs. I’ll continue to share what I’m seeing and hearing in Ohio — including the dangerous rise of fentanyl use in our communities — with the White House. To combat this crisis, we’re going to need all hands on deck, and I’m thankful that the White House is making this issue a priority.”

The discussion centered around efforts to address prevention, interdiction, and treatment including learning from what different states are doing to combat the epidemic. The conversation also covered how best to improve cooperation between states and the sharing of information across state lines.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, fentanyl-related deaths in Ohio soared to 1,155 in 2015. Up dramatically from 503 deaths in 2014 and 84 deaths in 2013. Overall, drug overdose deaths in Ohio rose from 2,531 in 2014 to 3,050 in 2015.

Last Congress, Latta helped pass the 21st Century Cures Act and the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act to combat the opioid crisis. The Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that more than $26 million will be provided to Ohio under 21st Century Cures to fund prevention, treatment, and recovery services in the state.

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Latta Meets with Middle East Leaders on Congressional CODEL


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) and a bipartisan delegation of United States House members met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi Minister of Defense Irfan al-Hiyali, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, Kuwaiti government officials, and United States military personnel during a Congressional visit to Iraq and Kuwait recently.
Latta’s discussions with the leaders of these allied countries, diplomats, and U.S. Military personnel focused on national defense, regional stability, and energy. Regional foreign policy issues were discussed as well, including the Iraqi military’s war against ISIS.
“It was important for me and the other members of the delegation to speak to our regional allies on foreign policy, military, and energy issues in the Middle East,” said Latta. “Observing these issues firsthand will help in the decision-making processes for the region. There are many complex foreign policy challenges, and it is important that we continue to build relationships with our international partners to help find solutions. At the same time, it is a privilege to meet with our men and women in uniform and receive feedback from them. The members of our military are doing tremendous work in the region, and I was honored to be able to personally thank them for their service.”
Joining Latta on the trip were Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL), and Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL).

(From L to R) Rep. Dunn, Rep. Soto, Rep. Ross, Iraqi PM al-Abadi, Rep. Lynch, Rep. Latta  

Latta speaking with American troops stationed overseas
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Latta Reintroduces Legislation to Support Sportsmen and Sportswomen


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has reintroduced two pieces of legislation supporting sportsmen and sportswomen that will ensure their unique perspective is heard when federal policy is crafted. One bill, the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council Advisory Committee Act, permanently establishes a committee to advise the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on wildlife and habitat conservation, recreational shooting, and hunting. The Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council currently exists, but permanent authorization is needed to ensure the Council continues in future administrations.
The other legislation directs the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to require annual permits and assess annual fees for commercial filming activities on Federal land for film crew of five or less people. Under the current approval system, small and minimally-funded crews are at a disadvantage compared to larger counterparts. The bill rectifies this problem by setting a $200 annual fee to obtain a permit for small crews and ensures that no other fees are imposed.
“As an avid sportsman and hunter, I’m proud to reintroduce these bills supporting the men and women who enjoy recreational activities on our federal lands,” said Latta. “They should have a permanent seat at the table when it comes to advising policymakers on issues that affect conservation, hunting, shooting, and other activities. Making the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council permanent will ensure that the voice of America’s outdoor enthusiasts will continue to be heard.”
Latta is the former co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus. Both bills are supported by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.   
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Latta Introduces Resolution in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of U.S. Entry into World War I


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), a Co-Chair of the Congressional French Caucus, has introduced a resolution with his caucus colleagues to express gratitude and appreciation to the members of the United States Armed Forces for their bravery during World War I. The resolution was introduced on the 100th anniversary of the nation’s entry into the Great War. A similar measure was introduced recently in the French Senate. Joining Latta in introducing the resolution were French Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Joe Wilson, Rep. Adam Schiff, and Rep. Bill Keating.
“A century ago, approximately two million Americans, including two of my Great-Uncles, answered the call to fight alongside our allies in France and throughout Europe,” said Latta. “On this anniversary, we remember the 126,000 Americans that gave their lives including more than 53,000 that perished fighting on French soil. The bond our country has with the French people continues to be one of our most important relationships, and this resolution remembers the efforts of the U.S. in helping to bring an end to World War I.”
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Latta, Cartwright Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Addressing Algal Blooms in the Great Lakes


Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Matt Cartwright (D-PA) have introduced legislation to examine the causes of algal blooms in the Great Lakes and evaluate mitigation efforts. The bill, the Great Lakes & Fresh Water Algal Blooms Information Act, authorizes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to compile research and information on algal blooms in the Great Lakes, their tributaries, and surface fresh waters. It also requires that findings be reported to Congress and be made available to the public.
“The health of our Great Lakes is critical to our region and important to the entire country,” said Rep. Latta. “As more research is conducted on the causes of algal blooms and the best way to mitigate their effects, this bipartisan legislation empowers NOAA to create a comprehensive information center that can be a valuable resource as we tackle this issue. Being able to access pertinent data will help us develop and implement the most effective methods to ensure healthy water in our Great Lakes, their tributaries, and surface fresh waters.”

“Access to clean drinking water is a basic right,” said Rep. Cartwright. “This bill establishes a central database to research the causes of and corrective actions against harmful algal blooms. I look forward to working with my colleagues on this important piece of legislation.”

Algal blooms are a serious problem threatening the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Erie. The Great Lakes & Fresh Water Algal Blooms Information Act requires NOAA to create an electronic database for the voluntary submission of research and information by accredited institutions relating to the cause of algal blooms and mitigation efforts. Under the legislation, findings must be reported to Congress and be made publicly available. The Great Lakes region contains 84 percent of North America’s fresh surface water, providing 40 million Americans with drinking water, and generating tens of billions of dollars in fishing and tourism revenue.

Latta has long-championed protecting the Great Lakes including authoring the Drinking Water Protection Act, which was signed into law last Congress.

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Latta Honored by National Association of Manufacturers


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) was presented with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at an event held Friday morning in Findlay. The honor was provided based on Latta’s voting record supporting manufacturing from the past Congress. The event was held at Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, one of the largest manufacturers in Latta’s district.
“I’m honored to receive this award from the National Association of Manufacturers because it confirms the commitment I’ve made to support policies that strengthen our manufacturing sector,” said Latta. “In my district, with more than 60,000 people working in the manufacturing field, the success of our regional economy relies on manufacturers that can innovate, grow, and create jobs. I’m proud to stand with the hardworking men and women making the products that keep America running.”
“Manufacturers in Ohio and across the country are changing lives for the better—through the jobs we create and the products we make. Manufacturing is about improving the human condition, one innovation at a time,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Rep. Latta is helping to make our success possible by standing with manufacturers when it matters and casting the right votes.

More information on the criteria for the award can be found here.

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Latta Hosts 2017 Congressional Art Competition


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has announced that high school students in Ohio’s 5th Congressional District can now submit original artwork as part of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. All artwork will be displayed at the Marathon Center for Performing Arts in April. The winning piece of art will be displayed for one year at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., and three honorable mention pieces will be announced and displayed in Congressman Latta’s district offices.
“Every year, students in Ohio’s Fifth District amaze me with the creativity, ingenuity, and talent they display with their artwork,” said Latta. “I encourage all high school students to participate in this year’s competition and look forward to seeing the pieces that are submitted.”

The deadline for the 2017 competition is Monday, April 10 and submissions can be dropped off at any three of Congressman Latta's district offices:

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

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

District Staff is also available to pick up artwork from students. To obtain an entry form, further information, or to arrange a pick-up time, contact the Defiance office at (419) 782-1996.


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Latta Votes to Improve Small Businesses’ Ability to Provide Health Care for Employees


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted to pass legislation today allowing small businesses to join together to better negotiate with health insurers for quality health care coverage at lower costs. The legislation, H.R. 1101, the Small Business Health Fairness Act, would allow small businesses to band together through association health plans (AHP) to improve bargaining power and level the playing field with larger employers and unions. The bill would also reduce administrative costs and burdens for small businesses that are seeking to provide health insurance for their employees.
“Under Obamacare, small businesses are at a disadvantage because they can’t band together to negotiate for better care and lower costs for their employees,” said Latta. “The Small Business Health Fairness Act puts them on equal footing with larger companies, allowing them to more effectively negotiate with insurers. Instead of being burdened by top-down mandates and regulations from Washington, legislation like H.R. 1101 empowers small businesses to improve the health care they provide to employees.”
In addition, Congressman Latta also voted to pass H.R. 372, the Competitive Health Insurance Reform Act. That bill removes an exemption that allows health insurers to not be subject to federal antitrust laws. Repealing the exemption is the first step at restoring competition in the face of rapid market consolidation in the health insurance industry. That bill passed the House by a vote of 416-7.
These pieces of legislation would be part of a later phase of Obamacare repeal and replace. The bills, H.R. 372 and H.R. 1101, are not allowed as part of the budget reconciliation process and could not be included in the American Health Care Act. They would be subject to a 60-vote threshold in the U.S. Senate.
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Latta Authors Bill to Protect Consumers and Strengthen ENERGY STAR Program


Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) introduced bipartisan legislation, the Energy Star Program Integrity Act, to strengthen the popular ENERGY STAR program and protect consumers. The legislation fixes a gap in federal law that threatens the voluntary participation of manufacturers in the program, which ultimately harms consumers seeking energy-efficient products. ENERGY STAR is a voluntary program run by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) that allows manufacturers to obtain ENERGY STAR labeling for products if specific energy saving guidelines are met.
The program currently allows DOE to perform “off the shelf” testing of products to ensure that they meet the established standards. If the product fails, it is disqualified and the EPA works to resolve issues and determine if compensation is warranted for consumers. Despite the effectiveness of the current system, a gap in the law has recently emerged which would allow the pursuit of private litigation against manufacturers if a product falls out of compliance. This threat may cause manufacturers to rethink their participation in ENERGY STAR, undermining the successful program. The legislation introduced by Congressman Latta would codify the consumer protections in place within the EPA oversight process, while clarifying that manufactures are not subject to private claims filed after a product is disqualified.
“The ENERGY STAR program is a classic win-win that benefits consumers, manufacturers, and the environment,” said Latta. “For more than two decades, ENERGY STAR has worked because manufacturers choose to meet these standards and robust consumer protections are in place to ensure their compliance. Unfortunately, this successful program is threatened by actions that could remove the incentive for producers of energy-efficient products to participate. The bipartisan Energy Star Program Integrity Act fixes this gap in law so that the program will continue as designed.”

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Latta Reintroduces Legislation to Improve Water Infrastructure


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has reintroduced legislation, the Drinking Water Affordability Act, to help public water systems improve infrastructure and ensure safer drinking water. The legislation provides increased flexibility to state and local governments to meet their specific needs, develops cost-efficient ways to protect drinking water, and ensures funds are utilized efficiently and effectively.
“It’s important that we develop a long-term approach to improving our nation’s drinking water needs that empowers communities to fix and improve water infrastructure,” said Latta. “This legislation improves the ability for states and local governments to proceed with drinking water projects by removing duplicitous federal requirements and providing more flexibility for repayment of federal funds. Overall, the bill better protects ratepayers in Ohio and across the country from increasing costs while supporting the needed efforts to provide safer drinking water for local communities.”
The Drinking Water Affordability Act would:
•    Provide increased flexibility for the repayment of federal loans for states and local communities that use the funds to finance clean drinking water infrastructure projects
•    Cut burdensome red tape by removing duplicative reporting and paperwork requirements when state standards are equally stringent — or more so — than federal standards
•    Helps disadvantaged communities better finance their infrastructure through the use of federal funding
•    Encourages the development of a long-term strategy to addressing drinking water issues and the economic barriers that make it difficult for communities to rehabilitate and replace their drinking water infrastructure
Congressman Latta serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee which has jurisdiction over drinking water policy and has previously authored legislation, the Drinking Water Protection Act, to create a strategic plan to address algal toxins in drinking water. That legislation was signed into law last Congress.
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Latta Questions Witnesses on IoT, Cybersecurity

2017-04-05 17:13:39

Latta Questions Witnesses on Cybersecurity Threats to Grid Infrastructure

2017-02-01 22:43:48

Latta: Honor OSS Veterans with Congressional Gold Medal

2016-11-30 23:02:40

Latta Speaks on Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things

2016-11-16 21:41:24

Latta Questions Witnesses on Fuel Economy Standards

2016-09-23 15:40:45

Latta Speaks About the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act

2016-09-12 22:46:07

Latta Lays Out Priorities at Energy Conference Committee

2016-09-09 15:45:16

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

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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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