Twenty-eight Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee recently sent a letter to President Obama, Ebola Response Coordinator Ron Klain, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson seeking further answers on the administration’s response and preparedness efforts to treat those with Ebola, prevent any further spread in the United States, and stop the spread of the virus at its source in West Africa. The members write, “with a series of questions and recommendations to ensure that the U.S. response to the risks posed by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is as effective as possible in protecting the public health and safety of the American people. Congress stands ready to serve as a strong and solid partner in solving this crisis.”
Committee members requested more information about the administration’s plan to prevent the spread of Ebola in the United States, rationale behind its opposition to travel restrictions, efforts to improve the development of diagnostic testing and screening, and the capacity of the U.S. public health system to identify and treat patients with Ebola. Read the complete letter online here.
“Energy and Commerce Committee members have serious concerns about insufficient planning and preparedness from the administration in response to the ongoing Ebola threat. In an effort to provide some peace of mind to the American people, we continue to ask the administration to outline a clear strategy and work with us to ensure that every step necessary is being taken to protect the public health. With a disease as deadly as Ebola, there is no margin for error,” commented full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI).
"We have not yet seen the Administration lay out a clear strategy for how to address the spread of Ebola," said Latta. "My Energy and Commerce Committee colleagues and I are concerned about the inadequate planning and lack of coordination. To alleviate Americans' concerns and prevent the further spread of Ebola, we deserve answers from this Administration, as well as solutions to ensure the same mistakes are not made going forward."
Energy and Commerce Committee leaders first sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell seeking details on the administration’s preparedness and response efforts on September 12, 2014. The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held a hearing last week, which left members with additional questions about the status of a clear and effective strategy to address the threat of Ebola in both the United States and Africa.
The letter was signed by:
Full Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI)
Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA)
Full Committee Chairman Emeritus Joe Barton (R-TX)
Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA)
Full Committee Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
Vice Chairman of Health and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittees Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX)
Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY)
Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)
Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE)
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)
Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D. (R-GA)
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA)
Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS)
Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)
Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX)
Rep. David McKinley (R-WV)
Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO)
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS)
Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)
Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH)
Rep. Billy Long (R-MO)
Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)
Read the complete letter online here.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) today hosted a bipartisan briefing with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Energy Information Administration (EIA) on the winter fuels outlook and propane supply leading up to the winter heating season. Administrative officials also provided information on what they are doing to prepare for and respond to winter fuels issues.
“Since last winter, I have been working with my colleagues on a number of initiatives aimed at preventing another propane shortage,” said Latta. “Some of my constituents were forced from their homes at the height of winter and others are still feeling the economic impacts from the increased costs of propane. This year, I want to make sure we are better prepared and better informed. Access to affordable and reliable heat will be essential for all Americans during the upcoming winter months, and today’s briefing is another step to ensure we are well-equipped to handle any winter heating challenge.”
Last winter, a combination of weather conditions, high demand and infrastructure challenges led to a propane shortage in Northwest Ohio and throughout the Midwest. Reduced capacity and the resulting high prices of propane were especially harmful for homeowners, businesses and farmers. Latta led multiple emergency response efforts. He also sent a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last month expressing support for a pending propane storage facility that could help stabilize the regional markets. A copy of the letter can be found here.
Latta also introduced companion legislation to the Propane Supply and Security Act, a comprehensive policy proposal aimed at preventing future propane shortages.Read More
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over public health issues and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, today called for immediate travel restrictions to West African nations. In addition, Congressman Latta stressed the need that those being monitored for potential exposure to Ebola should be prohibited from both domestic and international travel.“In responding to the Ebola outbreak, we must examine every possible solution, including travel restrictions,” said Latta. “While there are no direct flights from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone to the United States, travel from West African nations should be suspended immediately in an effort to protect the health and safety of Ohioans and all Americans. In addition, anyone being monitored for potential Ebola exposure should be prohibited from utilizing public transportation in an effort to contain the outbreak.”
Latta visited Mercy St. Vincent’s Medical Center yesterday and Paulding County Hospital today to see firsthand their Ebola preparedness and response efforts. He remains confident in Ohio’s state and local health care networks’ preparedness and ability to aggressively respond to a potential Ebola incident.Read More
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today visited Mercy St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, to see firsthand local Ebola preparedness and response efforts. Congressman Latta is a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over public health issues and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“While the CDC’s information surrounding the Ebola outbreak has been at times inconsistent, my top priority remains ensuring the health and safety of Ohioans and all Americans,” said Latta. “Ebola poses a threat to our public health, but I am confident in our state and local health care networks’ preparedness efforts, their ability to aggressively mitigate Ebola’s risks and their plans to contain it.”
“We must ensure that the lessons learned in Texas are put in practice to stop the spread of Ebola in both the United States and across the globe,” Latta added. “It was helpful to see the procedures in place at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, and I look forward to visiting Paulding County Hospital tomorrow. As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure the tough questions are answered and that Ohioans have accurate and up-to-date information.”
Congressman Latta also plans to visit Paulding County Hospital in Paulding, Ohio, tomorrow to examine their Ebola preparedness and response efforts.
A photo from the visit can be found below:
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has awarded Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) with the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. The award reflects Latta’s votes in the 113th Congress on issues that are critical to the manufacturing industry in the United States.
“I’m proud to represent nearly 60,000 manufacturers whose hard work and perseverance have helped make America great,” said Latta. “As we work to spur economic prosperity and investment at home, the manufacturing industry provides opportunity for growth and success. I look forward to continuing to promote policies that create jobs, foster innovation and increase the industry’s competitiveness in Ohio and across the country.”
“Manufacturers in Ohio and throughout the United States are making a comeback, creating jobs, making more products and making them better than ever before,” said NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse. “However, manufacturers are often disproportionately impacted by decisions made by policymakers in Washington. The NAM is proud to stand with lawmakers like Congressman Latta who understand what is at stake and seek to implement policies that will foster innovation, growth and competitiveness.”
Additional information about the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence can be found here.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) recently sent a letter to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne requesting a meeting to discuss his recent comments that next generation Jeep Wranglers might not be built in Toledo, Ohio – its home for more than 70 years. In the letter, Latta underscored the city’s longstanding commitment to the company and expressed concerns about the economic impacts such a move would have on the region.
“The Toledo Jeep Wrangler production facility is not only an important economic driver in Northwest Ohio, but it is also an important part of the local community,” said Latta. “Toledo’s highly skilled workers have institutional wisdom that is a direct result of their experience and commitment to producing Jeep Wranglers, something that is not easily replicated. I urge Mr. Marchionne to keep this longstanding partnership and history of success between the company and the Toledo-based community in mind. I look forward to discussing further this important matter with him.”
A copy of the letter can be found here.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today released the following statement stressing the importance of Chrysler Group’s continued Jeep Wrangler production in Toledo, Ohio. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne yesterday stated that the next generation of the Jeep Wrangler might be built somewhere other than Toledo, its home for more than 70 years.
“Toledo’s continued production of Jeep Wranglers is critical to our economy and the region’s manufacturing industry,” said Latta. “As history demonstrates, Northwest Ohioans have the perseverance and ingenuity to overcome any challenge, and they will continue to prove that Toledo should remain the home and production site of these world-class vehicles. I will be in communication with the company’s leadership and the rest of the Ohio delegation in an effort to keep Jeep in our backyard.”
Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) today wrote to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy seeking additional information about the presence of harmful algae blooms in the Great Lakes and the threat to drinking water supplies. In August, elevated levels of Microcystin, a bacteria released from algae blooms, was found in the water supply of Toledo, Ohio, resulting in a temporary tap water ban. Since this incident, the committee has met with EPA officials to be briefed on the situation and is considering solutions to help protect public drinking water.
The committee leaders write, “A recent water emergency in Toledo, Ohio left 500,000 people, including families, hospitals, and businesses, unable to utilize drinking water provided by the public water system without risking negative health effects. We are deeply concerned by any threat to the water supply, and we appreciate the time and information your agency has devoted as we seek answers. ...”
The letter includes a series of questions for EPA about the threat of Microcystin and the agency’s plans to address it, including plans to release a health advisory on Microcystin-LR sometime next spring.
The letter continues, “Drinking water systems must be able to efficiently and cost-effectively monitor and treat harmful algal contaminants, not only in the Great Lakes, but also in other communities using surface water as their source water. These are imperatives for public safety and health.”
To read the full letter to EPA, click HERE.
Members of Congressman Bob Latta’s (R-OH) staff will be available to meet with constituents in each county of the Fifth Congressional District of Ohio from October 7 to October 17. These casework on-sites will provide a convenient opportunity for constituents to receive assistance with any issues involving the federal government and speak one-on-one with a member of Congressman Latta’s staff.
All constituents are invited to attend these events and do not need to RSVP to attend. Constituents can also receive assistance through Congressman Latta’s website or by calling the Congressman’s office toll-free at 1 (800) 541-6446. In addition, his offices in Bowling Green, Findlay and Defiance are open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the exception of federal holidays.
The schedule for casework on-sites is as follows:
October 7 – Mercer, Van Wert and Williams Counties
When: Tuesday, October 7, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Mercer County Central Building, Room A212, 220 West Livingston Street, Celina, Ohio 45822
Van Wert County
When: Tuesday, October 7, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Van Wert Brumback Library, 215 W. Main Street, Van Wert, Ohio 45891
When: Tuesday, October 7, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Bryan Public Library, Harmon Room, 107 East High Street, Bryan, Ohio 43506
October 8 – Henry County
When: Wednesday, October 8, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Deshler Municipal Building, Council Chambers, 101 E. Main Street, Deshler, Ohio 43516
October 9 – Paulding, Defiance and Lucas Counties
When: Thursday, October 9, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Antwerp Village Hall, 118 N. Main Street, Antwerp, Ohio 45813
When: Thursday, October 9, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Hicksville Village Hall, 111 S. Main Street, Hicksville, Ohio 43526
When: Thursday, October 9, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Holland Branch, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, Meeting Room B, 1032 S. McCord Road, Holland, Ohio 43528
October 14 – Putnam and Ottawa Counties
When: Tuesday, October 14, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Columbus Grove Village Hall, Council Chambers, 113 E. Sycamore Street, Columbus Grove, Ohio 45830
When: Tuesday, October 14, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Elmore Town Hall Building, Council Chambers, 344 Rice Street, Elmore, Ohio 43416
October 15 – Fulton and Wood Counties
When: Wednesday, October 15, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Archbold Village Hall, Council Chambers, 300 N. Defiance Street, Archbold, Ohio 43502
When: Wednesday, October 15, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Perrysburg Way Public Library, Conference Room, 101 E. Indiana Avenue, Perrysburg, Ohio 43551
October 16 – Hancock County
When: Thursday, October 16, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Arlington Public Library, 232 N. Main Street, Arlington, Ohio 45841
October 17 – Hardin and Wyandot Counties
When: Friday, October 17, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Ada Public Library, 320 N. Main Street, Ada, Ohio 45810
When: Friday, October 17, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: Carey Public Library, 236 Findlay Street, Carey, Ohio 43316
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today joined Sheriff John Tharp and Dr. Marion Boss to deliver books to the Lucas County Jail library. On a recent visit to the jail, Latta was informed that there was a limited supply of educationally appropriate books for the inmates. Latta, on behalf of the Lucas County Jail, then contacted the Library of Congress to have appropriate books delivered from its Surplus Books Program.
“A critical component of inmates’ rehabilitation is the development of skills that can be transferred to careers upon release,” said Latta. “Building the Lucas County Jail’s library collection with educationally appropriate books will aid in this effort, and I thank the Library of Congress for generously arranging this donation.”
Photos from the visit can be found below:
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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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Rep. Ron Kind and I hosted a bipartisan briefing with the Department of Energy and the Energy Information Administration today to make sure we