Bob Latta

Bob Latta


Latta Introduces Legislation to Improve Water Infrastructure


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has introduced legislation to help public water systems improve their infrastructure and ensure safer drinking water. H.R. 6418, the Drinking Water Affordability Act, provides greater flexibility for states to meet their specific needs, ensures that funds are utilized efficiently, and encourages planning to develop cost-efficient ways to protect drinking water.
"In a time when budgets are stretched thin, greater flexibility is needed to utilize resources where they can best be used to provide safe and reliable drinking water to residents and businesses," said Latta. "Removing duplicative red tape and providing more flexible loan repayment options for communities will better help them meet their drinking water infrastructure needs. More than just thinking about the short-term implications, it’s also critical that we develop a long-term  approach to our nation’s drinking water infrastructure to ensure the communities across the country will continue to have access to clean water."
The Drinking Water Affordability Act:
·     Gives greater flexibility for the repayment of Federal funds that states and local communities use to finance clean drinking infrastructure projects.
·     Helps disadvantaged communities better finance their infrastructure through the use of Federal funding.
·     Cuts excessive red tape by removing duplicative reporting and paperwork requirements when it’s determined that state standards are equally stringent, or more so, than Federal standards.
·     Encourages Congress to look at a long-term approach to addressing drinking water issues and the economic barriers that preclude communities from rehabilitating and replacing their drinking water infrastructure.

Congressman Latta serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee which oversees drinking water policy, and he authored legislation, the Drinking Water Protection Act, that passed into law last year. The bill created a strategic plan to address algal toxins in drinking water.
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Latta Votes to Approve Annual Defense Bill


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a vote this morning. The NDAA is the annual military legislation that supports troops and operations and has passed Congress every year since 1961. Included in the legislation is a 2.1% pay increase for members of the military, and the bill puts in place the resources and policies needed to defend the nation.

“The Constitution says it’s the role of the Federal government to ‘provide for the common defense,’ and this legislation gives the men and women in our armed services the tools and resources they need to protect and defend our nation,” said Latta. “With increasing tensions around the globe, it’s essential that our military has the training, personnel, and facilities necessary to protect American interests both at home and abroad. Our military has been stretched thin for too long under this Adminstration and passing the NDAA reverses this trend and keeps our country safe.”

In addition to increasing the pay for members of the military, the NDAA strengthens military health care for troops and their families. It also authorizes funding to improve readiness by replenishing depleted munitions inventories, increasing ground and aviation training, and stopping the troop reductions under President Obama.

An important provision for Ohio authorizes funding to construct an indoor small arms range at the Ohio Air National Guard 180th Fighter Wing in Toledo.

The NDAA also prohibits the transfer of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. and guarantees that the base is not closed or transferred to Cuba.

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House Passes Legislation to Honor OSS Veterans with Congressional Gold Medal


Legislation to honor veterans of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) with a Congressional Gold Medal passed the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously in a vote this evening. The bill, S. 2234, recognizes the members of the intelligence agency for their “superior service and major contributions during World War II.” Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) introduced companion legislation, H.R. 3929, in the House earlier this Congress. The Senate bill was introduced by Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Mark Warner (D-VA).
The OSS, the predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency, conducted critical operations during the war including establishing intelligence networks, training resistance organizations throughout Europe and Asia, and carrying out “mercy missions” at the end of the WWII to save the lives of thousands of Allied prisoners of war. Since the legislation previously passed the Senate, the bill will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law.  
“Honoring veterans of the OSS with a Congressional Gold Medal will ensure that their heroic actions during one of our country’s most trying times will not be forgotten,” said Congressman Latta. “The clandestine nature of the OSS often meant members had to operate behind enemy lines in situations calling for unquestionable bravery and unparalleled skill. Their actions played an important role in winning the war and saved countless American lives in the process.”
“The members of the OSS saved thousands of lives during World War II. From establishing intelligence networks deep behind enemy lines to bolstering resistance organizations throughout Europe and Asia, these intelligence officers played a critical role in securing the Allied victory,” said Senator Blunt. "I urge the president to sign this bill so we can move forward in officially recognizing the heroic efforts of the OSS members with the Congressional Gold Medal.”
“For many years, the heroic contributions of the OSS – which included some of the most daring covert operations of World War II — remained shrouded in secrecy, their impact largely unknown to the American public. Today, Congress is able to publicly recognize the members of the OSS for their remarkable heroism and many sacrifices,” said Senator Warner. “As the predecessor to the modern CIA, other elements of the U.S. intelligence community, and U.S. special operations forces, the OSS once boasted nearly 13,000 members, but more than 70 years after they won the war, fewer than 100 are still with us. I know how much it means to the veterans of the OSS, as well as their families, that this legislation is finally making its way to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Today, Congress has ensured that their courage of spirit and their love of country will long live on in our nation’s memory.”
The OSS was created in 1942 under the leadership of General William J. Donovan to better coordinate and oversee American intelligence operations. At it’s peak, 13,000 members served in the OSS including notable names such as Julia Child, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., John Ford, and James Donovan, who was depicted in the 2015 movie, Bridge of Spies. OSS veterans and their family members were present in the House gallery when the legislation was approved.
Congressman Latta spoke in favor of the bill on the House floor. Video is available here.

Congressman Latta with OSS Veterans and their families


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Latta Votes for Landmark Legislation to Improve Medical Innovation


This evening, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in voting to pass the landmark 21st Century Cures Act, legislation that would expedite the discovery, development, and delivery of new treatments. The pro-innovation bill presents a transformational opportunity to find life-saving and life-improving cures to the diseases that millions of Americans face. At the same time, the bill will help the United States maintain its role as the world’s biomedical innovation leader. Ohio is home to a number of leading medical research institutions that will benefit from the streamlining of regulations and additional resources that the legislation provides.
Additionally, the bill makes important reforms to the nation’s mental health system and provides resources to combat the opioid epidemic.
“The brightest minds are working to find cures for life-threatening and life-altering diseases, but too often our current treatment development system takes too long,” said Latta. “The 21st Century Cures Act will bolster research, modernize clinical trials, and support collaboration to spur the development of critical cures and treatments. This legislation is the result of three years of discussions with advocates, patients, researchers, and medical innovators to find the best ways to streamline medical development in a safe and efficient way. Bottom line, this bill will save lives.”

The bill advances the development of new patient therapies by streamlining regulations and providing more clarity and consistency for medical innovators. It incentivizes the development of drugs for pediatric diseases and medical countermeasures, and allows the Food and Drug Administration to use a more flexible approach to reviewing medical devices and drugs so they can reach patients sooner.
On the research side of the equation, the 21st Century Cures Act provides additional funding to the National Institutes of Health and to Vice President Biden’s “Cancer Moonshot” initiative. It also supports high-risk, high-reward research that has the possibility to revolutionize the scientific field and lead to more medical breakthroughs.
Furthermore, the 21st Century Cures Act also provides $1 billion in grants to states to better address the opioid epidemic in local communities.
For more information on the provisions included in the bill, click here.
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Latta Votes to Reform Midnight Rulemaking


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 5982, the Midnight Rules Relief Act, to make commonsense changes to regulatory rulemaking oversight at the end of Presidential terms. Often, outgoing administrations will rush implementation of multiple regulations to achieve political goals before their term comes to an end. These regulations can be poorly thought out, overtly political, and lack transparency. Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress has the authority to disapprove new rules, but only one at a time. Since numerous rules are often passed at the end of a term, the Midnight Rules Relief Act amends the CRA to allow Congress to consider the disapproval of multiple rules with one resolution.
“Just because a Presidential term is coming to a close, doesn’t mean that Congress should waive it’s regulatory oversight responsibilities” said Latta. “Unfortunately, the current Congressional Review Act doesn’t give the legislative branch the tools to disapprove of all the ill-conceived rules we often see implemented at the end of an administration. H.R. 5982 is a commonsense bill that ensures that Congress stays as an effective check on rulemaking in the executive branch.”
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Latta Speaks About Susceptibility of IoT Devices to Cyber Attacks


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) spoke at a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing today about the susceptibility of Internet of Things (IoT) devices to hacking in light of the recent Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that caused large internet outages. The subcommittee hearing, entitled “Understanding the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks,” aimed to address weaknesses in cyber infrastructure that allowed hackers to commandeer connected security cameras and other devices to launch an attack on October 21. The attack shut down access to numerous websites over several hours. Latta serves as Co-Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Internet of Things Working Group and has heard from representatives in a number of different industries about potential cybersecurity concerns with the Internet of Things.
“To fully realize the benefits available from the Internet of Things, we must address the reality that bad actors —whether foreign governments or domestic hackers — are trying to exploit this technology to cause harm,” Latta said about the hearing. “The recent DDoS attack should serve as a wake-up call that our systems are susceptible to attempts to use IoT devices to wreak havoc. While there are safeguards in place with newer technology, today’s hearing was very beneficial as we work to address challenges and vulnerabilities with the Internet of Things.”

Video of Congressman Latta’s opening statement is available here.
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Latta Votes to Approve Legislation Improving Rural Call Quality


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing legislation this evening to improve call quality in rural communities. The bill, H.R. 2566, the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act, requires intermediate providers to comply with service quality standards set by the FCC. Rural call quality is often poor due to inconsistency with ‘least cost routers’ that are not subject to the minimum FCC standards. The bill also establishes a public registry which increases transparency and accountability for least cost routers.
“Rural communities are often subjected to telephone service that is of poor quality with dropped calls, false ringing, and white noise making it difficult for users,” said Latta. “These problems are caused by intermediate providers, not local phone companies, and often make it more troublesome for those living in rural areas to conduct business. Even worse, inconsistent call reliability is potentially dangerous in life threatening and emergency situations. H.R. 2566 fixes the issues associated with least cost routing and brings rural call quality in line with FCC standards.”

Latta participated in an Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on the legislation in September with Lance Miller, President of the McClure Telephone Company in McClure, Ohio.

In addition to H.R. 2566, the House also passed H.R. 2669, the Anti-Spoofing Act. The legislation takes aim at those committing phone scams targeting vulnerable populations. Scammers will often disguise their phone number on caller ID in order to trick unsuspecting victims. While this has been made illegal through the Truth in Caller ID Act, H.R. 2669 expands the law to include banning this practice through text messaging as well.

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Latta Hosts Broadcasting Forum with FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly in Perrysburg


BOWLING GREEN, OH – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) hosted a broadcaster forum in Perrysburg today with Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O'Rielly. The event, held at Owens State Community College, touched on a number of issues including the importance of broadcasting in local communities, incentive auction repacking, and cross-ownership rules.  

“Hearing from Commissioner O’Rielly on the most pressing issues facing broadcasters provided an insightful look into the thinking at the Federal Communications Commission,” said Latta. “The conversation was lively and hearing from the region’s broadcasters will provide important context for me as Congress discusses its role on a number of these topics as well. I want to thank the Commissioner for taking the time to come to this event and share his perspective.”

Congressman Latta and Commissioner O’Rielly addressing the broadcasters

Michael O’Rielly was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late 2013 and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. He was sworn into office on November 4, 2013. Congressman Bob Latta serves as Vice-Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. 



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Latta Statement on Missing Absentee Ballots in Ohio


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement in response to a considerable amount of absentee ballots issued in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District that have not been received by voters. The ballots were mailed on time by a number of county board of elections, but hundreds still have not reached their destinations. By Ohio law, the ballots must be postmarked for return by November 7.  

“It was brought to my attention late last week that a considerable number of voters across my district that had requested to vote absentee still had not received their ballots,” said Latta. “I immediately spoke with representatives with the U.S. Postal Service in Washington, D.C. and Chicago to try to determine how this problem occurred and what could be done to fix it. At this time, I’d like to ask anyone in Ohio that has not received their absentee ballot to contact their county board of elections right away so a new one can be reissued. Also, I’d request that everyone check with friends and family that may be voting absentee — particularly those out of state — to make sure they’ve received their ballots. It’s essential that every voice is heard this election, and we need to make sure that all Ohioans have the opportunity to cast their vote.”

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Michael Garver Oxley Post Office Dedicated in Findlay


The Findlay Post Office was officially named the Michael Garver Oxley Memorial Post Office in a ceremony this morning at the Marathon Performing Arts Center in Findlay. The dedication included remarks from Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), who authored the legislation to name the post office after the late Congressman, and a representative from the United States Postal Service. The joint ceremony also included the naming of a portion of U.S. Route 30 as the Congressman Michael G. Oxley Memorial Highway. State Representative Robert Sprague, the legislator that introduced that legislation, spoke as well. Congressman Oxley’s son, Elvis, also gave remarks.

“Everyone that uses the post office in Findlay will now see the name of a dedicated public servant, Michael Garver Oxley,” said Latta. “The naming of this post office and local highway are fitting tributes for a Findlay native that served on behalf of his community in Columbus and Washington for three decades. It was an honor to be a part of this special day and remember the life and achievements of Congressman Oxley.”

Congressman Oxley, a Findlay native, served over thirty years in the Ohio House of Representatives and U.S. Congress where he rose to become the Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. Rep. Oxley passed away earlier this year.

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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

Latta Questions EPA Regarding Proposed C02 Regulations' Impact on Ohio

2014-06-19 16:41:10

Latta Supports STELA Reauthorization

2014-03-25 21:47:55

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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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