Bob Latta

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Latta Authors Bill to Protect Consumers and Strengthen ENERGY STAR Program

2017/03/22

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

2017/03/22

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 Reintroduces Legislation to Improve Water Infrastructure

2017/03/21

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 Votes for Legislation to Improve Accountability and Hiring at the VA

2017/03/17

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues to pass a pair of bills this week aimed at providing increased accountability within the Department of Veterans Affairs and aid hiring practices at the agency. One bill, H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act, provides increased flexibility to the Secretary of the VA to remove, demote, or suspend employees for performance or misconduct. The bill also allows the department to recoup bonuses from poorly performing employees. That bill passed Thursday evening by a vote of 237-178.

Latta also voted in favor of H.R. 1367 on Friday morning. That bill provides authority to the VA Secretary to help hire and retain quality physicians and other VA employees. The bill establishes staffing, recruitment, and retention programs for the VA to attract the best available in the medical field to improve care for patients. A 2016 survey that ranks the best places to work in the federal government found that the VA was ranked second to last for large agencies overall.
 
“In order to improve care for our nation’s veterans, the VA has to be a place where top doctors and staff want to work and are committed to staying,” said Latta. “We should be doing all we can to empower the VA Secretary to recruit the best and the brightest employees. At the same time, it’s important that the agency also have the flexibility to let go of underperforming staff and those committing misconduct. Ultimately, these bills are about providing better care for the men and women that have served our country.”

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Ohio House Delegation Calls on Administration to Help Combat Anti-Semitic Acts

2017/03/14

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) and Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-Cleveland) have led a letter to the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Invstigation, and Department of Homeland Security to ask the agencies to review recent anti-Semitic incidents and work with local law enforcement and Jewish organizations to assess and prevent threats. Recently, Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) in Ohio have been victims to a spate of bomb threats and Jewish cemeteries around the country have been subject to vandalism. The bipartisan letter was signed by all 16 members of Ohio’s delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The letter reads, “In Ohio specifically, several JCCs throughout the state have received bomb threats and additional threats have been made against other Jewish facilities as well, including synagogues. It is fortunate that these threats have thus far only been a hoax and no one was injured. These centers and facilities are home to day cares, schools, medical facilities, and large social gatherings for Jewish people and non-Jewish people alike. Furthermore, Jewish organizations across Ohio have recently experienced a dramatic increase in cyber related attacks to obtain personal contact information believed to be used to target individuals due to their religious affiliation.

“It is imperative that the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation jointly review these incidents with urgency and work with Jewish organizations, local communities, and state and local law enforcement to put in place measures to help better assess and prevent against these threats. We ask that you please provide us with what specific measures are being taken and how Congress can assist this matter.”

The full letter can be found here.

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Latta Introduces Energy Resolution Outlining Priorities

2017/03/10

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has introduced a resolution outlining priorities for a comprehensive plan to reform national energy policy. Latta, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, laid out eight points of emphasis to promote American energy security and develop abundant resources for the United States.

“Energy policy has broad implications that range from the price of an Ohio family’s utility bill to the security of our country,” said Latta. “Pursuing a comprehensive energy strategy should be a priority for this Congress, and it should include measures like investing in advanced nuclear technology, encouraging technological innovations to access natural gas, and using expanded renewable and alternative energy sources. This resolution outlines the priorities needed to fully implement a 21st century energy policy that lowers prices, creates jobs, and ensures our nation’s energy security.”

The eight priorities listed in the resolution are:

Encouraging technological innovations to exploit our vast supply of natural gas
Increasing our domestic oil production, infrastructure, and refining capacity
Exploring and investing in the current nuclear fleet and advanced reactor technologies
Taking advantage of our domestic coal supply through processes such as carbon capture, utilization, and storage
Using expanded renewable and alternative energy sources
Supporting additional research and development through new and innovative methods, including public-private partnerships
Promoting increased conservation and energy efficiency
Enhancing consumer awareness and education regarding domestic energy use, supply, and development

The resolution is available here.

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Latta Votes for Bipartisan Defense Funding Bill

2017/03/08

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues to approve the annual defense spending bill in a vote Wednesday evening. H.R. 1301, the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill, includes critical funding for military readiness and robust troop levels. In addition, the bill provides a 2.1% pay raise for military personnel and ensures full funding of health care benefits for troops, military families, and retirees. The legislation passed by a vote of 371-48.
 
“With threats continuing to grow around the globe, it’s critical that our military has the resources it needs to keep our country safe,” said Latta. “This legislation will ensure that key readiness programs are fully funded, and that our military force will be outfitted with the equipment upgrades they need to be successful. At the same time, the legislation increases troop pay and funds medical care so that our armed services can continue to attract the best and brightest our country has to offer.”

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Latta Votes for Bills to Reform Federal Regulatory Structure, Increase Transparency

2017/03/02

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in voting to pass three pieces of legislation that would increase transparency and reform the federal regulatory process. The three bills, H.R. 998, the SCRUB Act; H.R. 1009, the OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act; and H.R. 1004, the Regulatory Integrity Act, all passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support this week.
 
“The regulatory process in Washington has been a mess for years and ultimately it’s hardworking men and women that pay the price,” said Latta. “The legislation passed in the House this week will provide more transparency on how these regulations are being developed so the public, and Congress, can effectively weigh in. More than that, we’re also clearing the books of old, outdated, and unneeded regulations that are negatively affecting job creation and economic growth. The era of overregulation is coming to an end, and these bills will help put a stop to a runaway regulatory process.”
 
Information on the bills:
•   H.R. 998 – The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act – Establishes a bipartisan mechanism, the Retrospective Regulatory Review Commission, to identify old, out-of-date, and inane rules that hinder economic growth.
•   H.R. 1009 – The OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act – Codifies the role of Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), a regulatory gatekeeper that ensures agencies follow procedure when developing significant rules and regulations.
•   H.R. 1004 – The Regulatory Integrity Act — Requires greater transparency regarding how agencies communicate with the public about proposed regulations. The legislation also explicitly prohibits agencies from soliciting support in favor or against a proposal for regulatory action. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency carried out a public campaign for support of their Waters of the U.S. proposal while gathering public input. This action would not be allowed under this legislation.
 
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Latta Invites High School Students to U.S. Military Service Academy Informational Meeting

2017/03/02

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) invites all high school students interested in attending a U.S. Military Service Academy — and their parents — to an informational meeting at St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy in Toledo on Tuesday, March 14. At the meeting, students will be able to learn about the service academy nomination and appointment process for the 2017-2018 academic year. The event will begin at 7 p.m.
 
Staff from Congressman Latta’s office will be present to answer any questions and representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO; and the Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, NY will be present as well. Potential candidates will also be able to obtain an application for military service academy nominations at the meeting. Applications are due no later than September 30, 2017.
 
For more information on the service academy nomination process, please visit Congressman Latta’s website, here.
 
U.S. Military Service Academy Informational Event
 
WHO: Congressman Bob Latta’s Staff, Representatives from the U.S. Military Service Academies
 
WHEN: Tuesday, March 14, at 7 p.m.
 
WHERE: St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy
5901 Airport Highway
Toledo, OH 43615

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Medal of Honor Recipient, Senior Chief Edward Byers, Jr., to Join Latta at Presidential Address to Congress

2017/02/28

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will be joined by Medal of Honor Recipient and Otsego High School graduate, Senior Chief Edward Byers, Jr., at today’s Presidential Address to a Joint Session of Congress. Chief Byers is one of two recipients of the Medal of Honor currently serving on active duty and is the most decorated living Navy Seal. Byers received the Medal of Honor for his actions during a rescue mission of an American citizen, Dr. Dilip Joseph, in Afghanistan in 2012.
 
“I’m honored that Northwest Ohio native, Senior Chief Byers, will be my guest as the President addresses Congress and the country this evening,” said Latta. “Senior Chief Byers heroically risked his life to save the lives of others in Afghanistan, and he continues to dutifully serve his country. He represents the best our nation has to offer, and his presence is very much welcomed as the President speaks in the people’s house for the first time.”
 
For more information on Senior Chief Edward Byers, Jr., please go to the following link.
 
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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


Latta Questions EPA Regarding Proposed C02 Regulations' Impact on Ohio

2014-06-19 16:41:10


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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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