Bob Latta

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Latta Votes to Provide Relief to Individuals Harmed by Collapsing Obamacare CO-OPs

2016/09/27

Tuesday evening, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass legislation providing relief to individuals that have lost coverage due to failed Obamacare Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs). The bill, H.R. 954, the CO-OP Consumer Protection Act, exempts consumers from having to pay a penalty if the co-op that they were enrolled in collapses. Under Obamacare, the penalty in 2016 for an individual not having insurance is $695 or 2.5% of adjusted gross income, whichever is greater.
 
“In yet another example of the failure of this law, 17 separate co-ops have collapsed since Obamacare was implemented,” said Latta. “In a faulty design that only government could dream up, individuals that lost their health care through a co-op failure are being punished twice — first by losing their coverage, and then by being forced to pay a penalty for not being enrolled in a plan. I voted to pass H.R. 954 to protect more than 22,000 Ohioans that were left without coverage after an Ohio co-op collapsed earlier this year from having to pay this penalty.”
 
In May, the Ohio Department of Insurance announced that InHealth Mutual, an Ohio co-op set up under Obamacare, would shut down due to significant financial losses. The co-op had net losses totaling $79 million in 2015 and suffered $29 million in losses in 2016 until it was finally shuttered. In total, only 6 of the original 23 co-ops set up under Obamacare are still operating.

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Latta Votes to Pause New Major Regulations Until Settled by Courts

2016/09/21

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 3438,   the REVIEW Act, to prevent “high impact rules” from taking effect until legal challenges to the regulations are settled in court. The legislation would relate to regulations with over one billion dollars of annual costs. Over the last 15 years, federal agencies have finalized and proposed more than 30 rules that fit that definition.   

“Too often the executive branch is proposing and implementing regulations they know are on shaky legal ground,” said Latta. “By the time a court overturns an expensive new rule, it’s often too late to recover the cost imposed on our economy — including the loss of jobs. The REVIEW Act makes sure that states and businesses won’t be forced to implement a new major regulation until after the matter has been settled by the courts.”

Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency implemented the Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule which costs close to $10 billion annually. When MATS went into effect in 2012, it required compliance within three years. During that time, 70% of regulated entities came into compliance despite court challenges. A number of businesses closed facilities in order to comply with the new regulation. This year, the Supreme Court found the rule invalid and sent it back to a lower court. However, the majority of the economic costs had already been incurred despite the potential that MATS could still be ruled null and void.

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Latta Celebrates Arrival of Thomas Edison Statue at the U.S. Capitol

2016/09/21

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) attended a ceremony celebrating the unveiling of the newest National Statuary Hall Collection figure, a statue of Thomas Edison, at the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday afternoon. The Edison likeness now joins a statue of President James Garfield as the two representatives from the state of Ohio depicted in the collection. The National Statuary Hall Collection features exactly two statues from each of the fifty states throughout the Capitol complex. The Thomas Edison statue will be featured along with 37 others in Statuary Hall, the room which served as the U.S. House of Representatives from 1807 until 1857, when the current House chamber was completed.    

“This depiction of one of our country’s greatest inventors, Thomas Edison, is a welcome addition to the Capitol building and Statuary Hall,” said Latta. “A native son of Ohio, Edison pushed the limits of what was possible, and it’s fitting that his statue features his most famous invention, the electric lightbulb. It took years of hard work, patience, and artistic skill to help make the Edison statue in Washington a reality, and I commend everyone that helped make it happen. ”

Thomas Edison was born in Milan, Ohio in 1847, and during his lifetime, Edison registered 1,093 patents with the U.S. government.

The 900-pound bronze statue stands nearly seven feet tall and was sculpted by Alan Cotrill, of Zanesville, Ohio. The previous Ohio statue was of former Governor William Allen. An online poll selected Edison as the replacement in 2010 and that choice was confirmed two years later by the General Assembly.

Congressman Latta in front of the Thomas Edison statue with the Wagoner family. Former State Senator Mark Wagoner spoke at the ceremony.
 
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Latta Statement on Immigrants Mistakenly Granted Citizenship by DHS

2016/09/20

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) issued the following statement in response to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General report that found that 858 immigrants from countries of concern who had pending deportation orders had been erroneously granted citizenship.      

“Mistakenly granting citizenship to immigrants poised for deportation puts American citizens at risk and shows a lack of attention to critical details at DHS,” said Latta. “This oversight means that more than 800 people are now citizens despite the government not knowing their true identities. The agency needs to take immediate action to ensure that this mistake does not threaten the safety of Americans and must also make the necessary changes to agency procedure to prevent critical lapses like this one from happening again.”

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Latta Votes to Prohibit Transfer of Terrorists From Guantanamo Bay

2016/09/15

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing legislation, H.R. 5351, which would prohibit the transfer of any individuals stationed at the United States Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to the United States or to a foreign country. The bill would ban such transfers until the end of the year or until a 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is signed into law. Currently, 61 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay, with 20 being cleared for transfer by the Obama Administration.

“The President’s backdoor attempt to close Guantanamo is putting our national security at risk,” said Latta. “With the Administration's Director of Intelligence admitting that one out of three released detainees has returned to terrorist activities, releasing these dangerous prisoners will continue to put the safety of American citizens in danger. This legislation puts a stop to the transfer of these detainees until the issue can be addressed in the NDAA.”

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Latta Votes for Increased Accountability at the VA

2016/09/14

Wednesday, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his U.S. House of Representatives colleagues in passing legislation to increase accountability and oversight at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The bill, H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act, provides the VA with more flexibility to remove employees for performance or misconduct. The bill also provides veterans with additional options to pursue an appealed claim.

“The VA exists to provide care and keep the promises that were made to the men and women who served our country with honor,” said Latta. “Employees that hinder care for our veterans, whether due to misconduct or poor performance, need to be be removed from their positions. Ensuring accountability and transparency at the agency is the best way we can ensure our veterans get the care they have earned and deserve.”

H.R. 5620 shortens the appeals process for fired VA employees. The current appeals process can often drag on for more than a year. In addition, the bill provides important whistleblower protections by ensuring that employees that file a complaint to the Office of Special Counsel can’t be fire until their complaints are resolved. The legislation also halts all bonuses for senior employees for five years.

For veterans that have submitted a claim, H.R. 5620 would allow veterans to elect for faster decisions to be made on their claims and provide more options to pursue a decision.

Additionally, the legislation allows the VA Secretary to reduce the pensions of senior employees who are convicted of a felony that influenced their job.

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Latta Honored with ‘Guardian of Small Business' Award

2016/09/14

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) was honored as a ‘Guardian of Small Business’ today by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), a leading national small business association. Latta was presented with the award due to his strong small business record in the 114th Congress.

“Small businesses are economic engines, creating seven out of every ten new jobs,” said Latta. “To get our economy fully back on track, we need to support our job creators by instituting policies that cut bureaucratic red tape, provide more regulatory certainty, and simplify our convoluted tax code. I’m honored to receive this award from the NFIB recognizing my steadfast support for hardworking men and women in Ohio and around the country, and I’ll continue to back legislation that creates an economic environment where they can thrive.”



Congressman Latta with President and CEO of NFIB Juanita Duggan

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Latta Backs Bill to Repeal Middle-Class Obamacare Tax

2016/09/13

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 3590, the Halt Tax Increases on the Middle Class and Seniors Act on Tuesday. The bill rolls back a middle-class tax increase imposed by Obamacare and stops a similar tax increase on seniors poised to take effect in 2017. Before the passage of Obamacare, taxpayers were allowed to deduct a major medical expense if it exceeded 7.5% of their annual income. However, the 2010 law changed this provision by increasing the income threshold to 10%, making it more difficult to deduct significant medical expenses. While this provision has been in effect for Americans under the age of 65 since 2014, taxpayers of all ages will face the higher threshold starting next year.

“Collapsing exchanges, higher premiums, and less access to health care – President Obama’s flagship legislation is looking worse and worse by the day,” said Latta. “To the detriment of countless Americans, Obamacare is still managing to get even worse. Making it more difficult for patients who have suffered major medical expenses to deduct it on their tax bills is counterproductive and callous. With seniors about to feel the brunt of this tax starting next year, the House took needed action to rollback this tax hike.”

Middle-class seniors will face the biggest brunt of the higher threshold impact should it go into effect in 2017. According to AARP, more than 30% of high medical expense deductions went to people 65 and older with incomes under $50,000.

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Latta Votes to Pass House Internet of Things Resolution

2016/09/13

Monday evening, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing H.Res. 847, a resolution expressing a sense of the House about a national strategy for the Internet of Things (IoT) to promote economic growth and consumer empowerment. Latta is an original cosponsor of the resolution and is Co-Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Internet of Things Working Group.
 
“The Internet of Things has the potential to dramatically improve our economy and people's way of life,” said Latta. “With such revolutionary technology, there needs to be discussions about what a forward-thinking approach toward IoT looks like. The resolution passed today shows that Congress recognizes the power that IoT holds and acknowledges the need to review policy obstacles that could stifle innovation. I’ll continue to participate in these discussions through the IoT working group as we work to develop a strategy that fully embraces the transformative possibilities of this cutting-edge technology.”
 
The Internet of Things is technology in which physical objects and machines are embedded with Internet connectivity in order to allow them to process data and communicate in real-time with their surrounding environment. According to one study, the IoT will create $14.4 trillion in global net profit between 2013 and 2022.
 
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Latta Legislation to Modernize Nuclear Technology Approved by House

2016/09/12

Bipartisan legislation authored by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) to modernize the nation’s nuclear technology was approved by the U.S House of Representatives Monday evening. The bill, H.R. 4979, the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act, requires the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to establish a framework for issuing licenses for advanced nuclear reactor technology and requires the NRC to submit a schedule for the implementation of the framework by 2019. Approximately 50 companies have invested over one billion dollars in nuclear power technology, but the lack of a regulatory framework to license this technology threatens continued investment and implementation.

“Nuclear power must play a significant role in American energy policy for our nation to become truly energy secure, and the future of the nuclear industry needs to start now,” said Latta. “It is imperative that we develop the right regulatory framework so advanced nuclear technologies can be developed, licensed, and constructed here in the United States. The Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act will help the U.S. remain a leader in the nuclear industry and continue to develop clean, reliable power.”

Congressman Latta spoke on the floor in favor of the legislation. Video is available here.

In addition to requiring a licensing framework, H.R. 4979 also requires the NRC to collaborate with the Department of Energy (DOE) in the advancement of new nuclear technology. The National Labs and DOE provide opportunities for testing of new nuclear technologies on Federal lands, and the option to establish public-private partnerships between DOE and the private sector.

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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


Latta: Obamacare HHS Mandate Violates First Amendment Rights

2014-03-25 18:52:39


Latta: Keystone XL Pipeline Will Bring More Than 2,000 Jobs to Ohio

2014-03-13 23:46:02


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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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