Bob Latta

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Latta Statement on the Inauguration of President Donald Trump

2017/01/20

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States.

“The peaceful transition of power has been the bedrock of American democracy throughout our history, and today’s Inauguration is a continuation of this proud tradition. As President Donald Trump takes office, the thoughts and prayers of the country are with him. It’s now time to address the issues that the American people care about, and I look forward to working with the President to solve the problems we face as a nation.”

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Latta Re-Introduces Telecommunication Bills to Increase Competitiveness and Regulatory Transparency

2017/01/18

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) has re-introduced two telecommunication bills that promote competitiveness in markets and increase regulatory transparency at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The first piece of legislation, H.R. 557, the FCC Analysis of Benefits and Costs (ABCs) Act, requires the FCC to produce cost-benefit analysis for proposed rules and would also require a cost-benefit review when the rule is finalized. The legislation would provide the public with ample time to review proposed regulations and their economic impacts and to provide comment on their effects.

The other bill, H.Res. 53, expresses a sense of the House that in order to continue aggressive growth in the U.S. telecommunications and technology industries, the government should “Get Out of the Way and Stay Out of the Way.”
 
“The telecommunication sector is a significant driver of economic growth and provider of jobs in Ohio and across the country,” said Latta. “However, government overregulation threatens the competitiveness of this industry, which ultimately harms consumers who are faced with fewer choices and higher prices. The House should make it clear that the government should stay out of the way and let market competition drive innovation. At the same, we need more transparency at the FCC so the public fully understands the impact of the agency’s proposals.”

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Latta Votes for Legislation to Begin Process of Repealing Obamacare

2017/01/13

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing legislation that takes an important step forward toward repealing Obamacare. Latta voted for S.Con.Res. 3, the Fiscal Year 2017 budget, which now paves the way for passing a repeal of the President’s massive health care law in the coming months. By passing the budget, the U.S. Senate can now use a procedural tool known as reconciliation, which would only require a simple majority threshold, to approve Obamacare repeal legislation.
 
“Seven years after the passing of Obamacare, I continue to hear from Ohioans who tell me that they are paying more and getting less when it comes to their health care,” said Latta. “It’s long past due that we repeal this massive law and put decision-making back in the hands of patients and their doctors. Today’s vote is an important, and necessary, first step in fixing our broken health care system.”

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Congressman Latta Proposes Legislation to Eliminate Death Tax

2017/01/11

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has re-introduced legislation for the 115th Congress that would permanently eliminate the Federal estate tax, also known as the death tax. The Permanently Repeal the Estate Tax Act would provide needed relief to farmers and small business owners in Ohio and across the country. In sectors that require high capital investments, like agriculture, families often have difficulty meeting tax requirements imposed by the estate tax because their liquid assets are much lower than the value of land, property, and equipment. In addition to the costs imposed at death, the estate tax also has a stifling economic impact beforehand due to the cost of life insurance and financial preparation needed to plan and comply with the tax.
 
“For too many small businesses and farmers, the death tax is a barrier that makes it difficult to pass on the fruits of their labor to future generations,” said Latta. “Not only that, there are real economic consequences as families are forced to take out costly insurance policies, sell off equipment or land, and reduce the size of their business or farm to ensure that they won’t be harmed by the estate tax in the future. In addition to the economic benefits for Ohio and the nation, repealing this unpopular tax is the right thing to do to stay consistent with our American values of entrepreneurship and hard work.”
 
The top Federal estate tax rate is currently set at 40 percent with an exemption of $5.45 million in 2016 and is leveled on the assets of a person’s estate when they pass away. Latta’s legislation also ensures that individuals are not taxed on the increased value of an estate by retaining the stepped-up basis at death.
 
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Latta Joins Colleagues in Passing Legislation to Protect Small Business Internet Providers from Cumbersome Regulations

2017/01/10

Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 288, the Small Business Broadband Deployment Act, which exempts small business providers of broadband Internet access from cumbersome regulatory requirements. The legislation protects these providers from the wave of regulations that accompanied the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order. H.R. 288 would apply to all providers that have less than 250,000 subscribers. Latta serves as Co-Chair of the Rural Broadband Caucus and has advocated for policies that streamline regulations for small and rural providers.
 
“Small Internet providers are spending too much of their time and money complying with burdensome rules and regulations,” said Latta. “Not only does this stifle job creation and make it more difficult to do business, these regulations also harm consumers who have less access to affordable, reliable Internet. Instead of undermining these small providers, Congress should be empowering them to build their networks and deploy more broadband.”

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Latta to Serve on E&C Subcommittees on Energy; Communications and Technology

2017/01/09

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) has been re-appointed to the House Energy and Commerce's (E&C) Subcommittee on Communications and Technology and Subcommittee on Energy in an announcement made by Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) this afternoon. Latta previously served on both subcommittees in the 114th Congress, including as Vice-Chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee. These re-appointed positions are in addition to Latta’s new role as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection for the 115th Congress, which was announced last week.
 
“In addition to my new role as Chairman of the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, I welcome the opportunity to continue to help shape our nation's energy and telecommunications policy,” said Latta. “Our country’s energy infrastructure is not only critical to our economic growth, but also our national security. I look forward to working with my colleagues to protect our electric grid and ensure that the U.S. continues to lead globally in energy production. At the the same time, I’ll continue to work on telecommunication policies that empower consumers and spur innovation — including advocating for increased broadband access in our rural communities.”

The Communications and Technology Subcommittee has jurisdiction over electronic communications, the Federal Communications Commission, emergency and public communications, cybersecurity, and privacy. The Energy Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the nation’s energy policy including fossil energy, renewable energy, nuclear energy, utility issues, as well as oversight of the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

A complete listing of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittees is available here.
 
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Latta Named Chairman of E&C Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection

2017/01/06

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) has named Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection. The subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes interstate and foreign commerce, oversight of the Federal Trade Commission, manufacturing, data security, and consumer affairs and protection.
 
The Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee also has jurisdiction over many policies related to the Internet of Things. Latta has served as Co-Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s IoT Working Group since early last year.
 
“I’m honored to be named Chairman of the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee and look forward to tackling the challenges before us in this new role,” said Latta. “Technology is changing the face of commerce, and this subcommittee will give us the opportunity to ensure that manufacturers and consumers across the country receive the benefits and protections needed to grow our economy.   
 
“At the same time, I’m excited to continue to serve in a role that helps shape policy relating to the Internet of Things and data security. There is incredible potential in new technology and ensuring that the Federal government takes the right approach to allow the private sector to innovate is essential. I’d like to thank Chairman Walden for this opportunity, and I can’t wait to roll up our sleeves and get to work on the important issues we face.”

“The Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection has an important role in terms of both empowering consumers and boosting economic activity here at home,” said Chairman Walden. “Bob will do an outstanding job in ensuring that consumers are protected, products are safe for families, and policies are promoted that support and encourage commerce.”

The full Energy and Commerce Committee Leadership list is available here.
 
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Latta Votes to Give Congress Ability to Stop Costly Regulations, Roll Back Midnight Rulemaking

2017/01/05

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives today in passing legislation to require Congressional approval on major regulations. H.R. 26, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, requires any executive branch rule or regulation that has greater than a $100 million economic impact to be reviewed and voted on by Congress.

In addition, Latta also voted to pass H.R. 21, the Midnight Rule Relief Act, which will provide more tools to Congress to roll back last minute regulations implemented by the Obama Administration. In many cases, these ‘Midnight Rules’ are not fully weighed and considered. While the Congressional Review Act gives Congress the ability to vote to remove these regulations within 60 days, a large number of regulations would be difficult to consider in that timeframe. The Midnight Rule Relief Act allows Congress to consider eliminating multiple rules at once.

“Ohio’s hardworking men and women who are business owners, manufacturers, and farmers have been crushed under the weight of new, massive regulations that the executive branch has placed on them — most of the time with no input from Congress,” said Latta. “Passing the REINS Act ensures that unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats can’t put in place major rules without receiving the approval of Congress first. At the same time, the Midnight Rules Relief Act gives Congress new tools to roll back rules and regulations that are rushed through at the end of a Presidential term. It’s time to take the shackles off of our economy, and that means putting an end to a runaway regulatory system.”

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Latta Votes to Rebuke UN’s Anti-Israel Resolution

2017/01/05

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleague in passing a bipartisan resolution, H.Res. 11, that condemns the United Nation Security Council's recent resolution regarding Israel’s building of settlements. That resolution, which passed the U.N. Security Council by a 14-0 vote, was made possible due to the Obama Administration refusal to veto. H.Res. 11 passed the House by a 342-80 vote.

“Standing with our closest ally in the Middle East, Israel, has been a longstanding, bipartisan tradition,” said Latta. “The Security Council’s resolution was another tired attempt to undermine Israel at the U.N., and I was profoundly disappointed that the President and his Administration stood by idly as this occurred. Today’s vote by the House shows the strong support that exists for the Israeli people and their government. It’s time to turn the page on the last eight years, and I welcome a new Administration that has made it clear that they value rebuilding this critical relationship.”

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IoT Working Group Releases Report on Activities in the 114th Congress

2017/01/04

The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Internet of Things (IoT) Working Group, co-chaired by Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT), has released a report detailing findings they gathered during the 114th Congress. The white paper summarizes the activities of the working group. The IoT Working Group met with technology experts, key stakeholders, and leaders in a number of industries to discuss the benefits and challenges of implementing IoT and the role of the Federal government in advancing the new technology. The report can be viewed here.

“Through discussions with technology experts and leaders in a number of different sectors, it’s clear that the Internet of Things is changing how businesses gather and use information to be more efficient, effective, and safe,” said Latta. “The IoT Working Group’s activities in the 114th Congress will help develop the foundation for a thoughtful public policy approach to IoT going forward, including the role that the Federal government should play in advancing new technologies.”

“The Internet of Things is having a growing impact on our economy, communities, and our lives,” said Welch. “This report highlights our group’s important efforts to inform Members of the opportunities and challenges presented by this emerging technology. I’m looking forward to building upon this work in the new Congress.”   

Members of the IoT working group included Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), Rep. Larry Bucshon, (R-IN), Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ), Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA), Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL).

The IoT Working Group was launched in May of last year by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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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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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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