Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of their initial strategic plan to assess risks associated with algal toxins in public drinking water as required under legislation authored by Rep. Latta, H.R. 212, The Drinking Water Protection Act:
“This initial plan is a first step in the development of a comprehensive, long-term strategy for assessing and managing the risks of algal toxins impacting our public drinking water,” said Rep. Latta. "I am encouraged at this initial assessment, and look forward to continuing to work with local, state and federal officials to ensure the health, and safety of Ohioans is better protected from the threat of algal toxins in their drinking water.
Congressman Latta’s legislation, signed into law by the President, required the EPA to develop the strategic plan, and submit its findings to Congress within 90 days.
“Last year nearly 500,000 Northwestern Ohio residents were left without safe drinking water due to the algal toxin outbreak in Lake Erie. I authored The Drinking Water Protection Act in response to this crisis to ensure the EPA was addressing this issue so we may better understand and further mitigate harmful algal toxins in the Great Lakes and other surface waters. Algal toxins continue to be a growing threat to public drinking water - not just in Ohio, but across the country.”
EPA Algal Toxin Risk Assessment and Management Strategic Plan for Drinking Water (LINK)Read More
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), today voted in favor of H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, legislation that strengthens the vetting system for Syrian and Iraqi refugees being admitted to the U.S. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support.
“This great nation has a long history of providing safe haven for many of the world's most vulnerable refugees; however, we must take measures to prevent Americans from being placed in harm’s way. The passage of this legislation is an essential step to minimize the risk of a terrorist attack on American soil,” said Rep. Latta. “The President’s own top national security officials, including FBI Director Comey, have repeatedly warned that the U.S. government does not have the resources nor the access to information needed to fully vet these refugees entering the country.”
The American SAFE Act requires that, following a thorough background investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Iraq and Syria refugees may only be admitted if the Department of Homeland Security, in unanimous concurrence with the FBI Director and Director of National Intelligence, certifies to Congress that each refugee is not a security threat.
“The first responsibility of the Federal Government is to keep the American people safe,” Latta continued. “ISIS has made it clear they intend to target additional Western countries in the future. Until we can ensure that those seeking refuge do not pose national security threats to our nation, the President’s current Syrian and Iraqi resettlement program should be paused, and this legislation must be passed into law.”Read More
Today, Congressman Bob Latta issued the following statement regarding the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s passage of H.J. Res 71 and H.J. Res 72. The resolutions, which Latta co-sponsored, disapprove of the two final rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for new and existing power plants.
“The President continues to use the EPA to promote a political agenda, and it is hardworking American families who will bear the true costs. In spite of what the President is portending, the EPA’s Clean Power Plan is nothing more than a repackaging of his failed, flawed cap-and-trade legislation. Implementation of these rules will destroy jobs, ensure higher energy bills, and jeopardize the reliability of our electrical grid. These resolutions protect ratepayers, and American jobs by ensuring states are not subjected to the EPA’s regulatory overreach. I urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to support these resolutions, and I will continue to work to implement lasting, commonsense energy policies that will benefit the American public.”
Introduced under the Congressional Review Act, the resolutions dictate the EPA may not issue the same or a substantially similar rule unless authorized by subsequent legislation.Read More
Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) signed a letter to President Obama urging the immediate halt of admissions of refugees from Syria and Iraq into the United States. The bipartisan letter was signed by over a hundred Members of the House of Representatives, and called for admissions of refugees to be suspended until effective vetting and monitoring processes are established, and the Administration can certify that asylum seekers from these countries do not pose a safety threat.
Reports have indicated one of the attackers responsible for the November 13, 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris entered Europe as a refugee.
“Without an effective means of gathering information on these refugees, or the ability to monitor those entering the country, we risk putting American's in harm’s way. The tragic attacks in Paris are further evidence that freedom-loving nations must be ever vigilant in the war against ISIS. This terrorist organization poses a clear and present danger to the United States, and to our allies across the world. We must take appropriate measures to ensure the safety and security of the American people. Until these vital security issues have been addressed, I ask the President to suspend the admission of these refugees.”
Letter to President Obama (LINK)
Latta on Attacks Against Paris (LINK)
Latta Speech on Paris Attacks (LINK)Read More
Congressman Bob Latta (OH-5) released the following statement in response to the attacks in Paris:
“The attacks in Paris are an inexplicable tragedy that have all of the characteristics of a coordinated terrorist attack. As Co-Chairman of the Congressional French Caucus, I extend my condolences and prayers to all of the victims, their families, Parisians, and the entire nation of France as we mourn the loss of innocent lives. The perpetrators of these senseless acts of violence must be brought to justice."Read More
In November 1919, a year after the end of WWI, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 to be recognized as Armistice Day. Decades later, following WWII, the holiday would be renamed Veterans Day. In the proclamation, Wilson stated that across the nation, the reflections of Americans on this day would be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service.”
Since April 19, 1775 - when the first shots of the American Revolution were fired at Lexington and Concord - our American servicemen and women have demonstrated remarkable courage in forging and protecting our nation. Throughout our history, millions of Americans have answered the call to serve in our Armed Forces with steadfast dedication to the preservation of the freedoms and ideals that define this great country.
Countless brave men and women have sacrificed much in the name of liberty; left their families and friends, left the comforts of their homes, and put themselves into harm’s way.
Some have made the ultimate sacrifice - over a million Americans have lost their lives in defense of this country since its founding.
Today, there are roughly 20 million veterans across the country. Over 850,00 veterans hail from Ohio, with nearly 50,000 of them calling the Fifth Congressional District home. We owe all of them, and their families, an incredible debt.
Every Veterans Day, we take solemn pride in the heroism of those who have defended and protected this nation, celebrate their love of country, and their dedication to its preservation. On this day, we honor those in our families and our communities for their commitment, and extend our eternal gratitude for their service to America.Read More
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline:
"I am deeply disappointed in the President’s decision today to reject the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. After seven years, and five positive economic and environmental assessments from the Administration’s own State Department, the President has once again chosen politics over the needs of hard working American men and women. By the State Department’s own studies, this project would have brought $3.4 billion into the U.S. GDP, and created over 42,000 good paying jobs. We are on the path to attain the North American energy security that has been sought for generations, and the rejection of the Keystone XL project puts that objective farther down the path.
In justification of his decision, the President again implied the protection of our environment is incompatible with fostering the development of our energy resources. This is a false choice, as states and industry have already demonstrated the ability to balance environmental stewardship and promote economic growth. This is another example of the Administration’s failure to listen to the American people, and another obstacle to achieving our economic and security goals."Read More
Today, Congressman Bob Latta (Ohio), along with U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Mark Warner (Va.), introduced legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the members of the Office of Strategic Services “in recognition of their superior service and major contributions during World War II.”
“The OSS played a central role in creating America’s intelligence and special operations communities as we know them today. From its incredible impact in helping secure victory for Allied forces in WWII, to its continued influence as the precursor to the CIA and U.S. Special Operations Command, the effect the OSS has had in shaping our national security structure is unparalleled,” said Rep. Latta. “I introduced this legislation to call upon Congress to collectively recognize these brave men and women for their efforts, and honor them for their extraordinary service on behalf of this great nation.”
The OSS trained many of the leaders and personnel who formed the Central Intelligence Agency following WWII. Their ranks included four future directors of the CIA: Allen Dulles, Richard Helms, William Colby, and William Casey. Other notable OSS members include United States Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Hollywood film director John Ford, and culinary icon Julia Child. Former OSS General Counsel James Donovan, who was recently portrayed by Tom Hanks in the Steven Spielberg movie, “Bridge of Spies,” negotiated the release of U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers.
“The 13,000 members of the OSS played a critical role in the success of the Allied campaign in World War II, establishing intelligence networks deep behind enemy lines and bolstering resistance organization throughout Europe and Asia,” Blunt said. “Their actions saved thousands of lives, and it is only right that we honor their courage and accomplishments with the Congressional Gold Medal.”
Warner added, “Those who served our country in OSS deserve to be honored for their heroic, pioneering contributions to our nation. This year is the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and not many of these brave OSS veterans are still with us. We should recognize their service and their valor with the highest honor Congress can confer.”
The OSS Congressional Gold Medal Act is cosponsored by every member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in addition to Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.) and Mark Warner (Va.), including Senators Burr (N.C.), Feinstein (Calif.), Coats (Ind.), Collins (Maine), Cotton (Ark.), Heinrich (N.M.), Hirono (Hawaii), King (Maine), Lankford (Okla.), Mikulski (Md.), Risch (Idaho), Rubio (Fla.), and Wyden (Ore.).Read More
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), a Member of the Subcommittee on Energy and Power, joined subcommittee colleagues Tuesday in approving two resolutions, H.J. Res 71 and H.J. Res 72. The resolutions, which Latta co-sponsored, disapprove of the two final rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for new and existing power plants.
“At the direction of the President, the EPA has overstepped its authority under the Clean Air Act while imposing unnecessary and costly regulation that will destroy jobs, threaten grid reliability and increase electricity prices,” said Rep. Latta. “As countless hardworking men and women in Ohio, and across the country are still struggling through a stagnant economy, families can ill-afford to bear the burdensome costs of the President’s reiteration of his failed cap and trade policy. These resolutions protect ratepayers and American jobs by ensuring states are not subjected to the EPA’s regulatory overreach.”
Introduced under the Congressional Review Act, the resolutions dictate the EPA may not issue the same or a substantially similar rule unless authorized by subsequent legislationRead More
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), Vice-Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, joined subcommittee colleagues in today’s hearing, “Common Carrier Regulation of the Internet: Investment Impacts.”
Members reviewed the economic impacts of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to implement heavy-handed utility-style regulation of the Internet. The subcommittee examined the effect of the Commission’s rule on investment, and what that means for American consumers, jobs, and innovation.
“Before the Federal Communications Commission’s recent action to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act, the regulatory framework that governed broadband service fostered a pro-consumer, pro-business environment,” said Latta. “Instead of allowing the industry to thrive unabated, the FCC chose to abandon the Internet as we know it by applying outdated rules developed for an era of monopoly telephone providers to a cutting edge broadband marketplace. These businesses flourish on dynamism and the ability to evolve quickly to shifting market and consumer forces, yet the FCC’s actions have placed them at the mercy of a government agency. Reclassification has created uncertainty and placed unnecessary regulatory burdens on broadband providers. Subjecting this industry to more Washington bureaucracy and red tape will adversely affect innovation, investment, and consumer choice. ”Read More
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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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