Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) hosted a health care forum with Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) at the Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green, Ohio.
“As Members of Congress who serve on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction over health care related matters, it is vital that we hear from health professionals to better understand and improve our nation’s health care system,” said Latta. “I appreciate Dr. Burgess, a senior member on the Health Subcommittee, traveling to our district to discuss health care issues that are important to Northwest and West Central Ohio.
“I am pleased to have had the opportunity to meet with so many health professionals across our district to hear how I can help to improve health care experiences for my constituents. The valuable feedback I received is essential to addressing health care reform and supporting a system that puts patients and their health first.”
“It was a pleasure joining Congressman Latta and health care professionals in the 5th Congressional District of Ohio to discuss the issues facing them in their daily practice,” said Burgess. “As a third generation doctor with over 25 years of experience, one of the reasons I ran for office was to represent the physician voice in D.C. and communicate the frustrations of health care professionals and patients nationwide. I understand firsthand the challenges of running a practice while trying to navigate the regulations set in place by an overreaching federal government. Health care professionals provide a valuable perspective critical to the development of successful health care policy and to strengthening the overall state of our health care system.”
Congressman Bob Latta (OH-05) will be hosting a forum addressing the opioid epidemic in Ohio on Monday, June 27th at the University of Findlay. Congressman Latta will be joined by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Richard Hodges, and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Tracy Plouck.
The forum will consist of opening remarks by Congressman Latta, Attorney General DeWine, Director Hodges, and Director Plouck; followed by a panel discussion to raise awareness of increased heroin and opioid abuse across Northwest and West Central Ohio and to find solutions to the epidemic. Additionally, resource tables will be available to offer educational materials. The panel, comprising of local law enforcement, medical experts, and community advocates, will address why and how opioid dependence is so prevalent, what resources are available to help those addicted, and how to stop opioid abuse.
“Opioid abuse and addiction is a public health crisis that we need to combat with a coordinated effort involving health professionals, law enforcement, public officials, and our communities,” said Congressman Latta. “Heroin and opioid abuse has no boundaries and does not discriminate. The devastation we’ve seen across Ohio as a result of this crisis is heartbreaking. In 2014 in our state, 2,531 lives were lost due to unintentional drug overdoses. More must be done to save people’s lives and build communities back up. My hope for this forum is to better understand the impact of opioid addiction across our district and to take ideas back to Washington, D.C. to address this rapidly growing problem.”
“Forums like this are critically important because communities need to confront the problem of opiate addiction and abuse head-on,” said Attorney General DeWine. “The opiate crisis is affecting every corner of this state, and where I’ve seen real change is in communities where residents have joined together to learn about the problem and fight it. This forum is a step in that direction.”
“Ohio is in an all-out fight against opiate abuse,” said Director Hodges. “We will continue to try to stop this epidemic by tackling the supply of drugs, preventing drug abuse before it starts, treating those who fall prey to drug addiction, and reversing drug overdoses with an antidote called naloxone.”
“Since taking office, Governor John R. Kasich has put in place one of the nation’s most robust and comprehensive approaches to fight opiate addiction and drug overdoses, including a strong focus on preventing prescription drug abuse, increasing treatment capacity and expanding access to the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug naloxone,” said Director Plouck. “We are making progress in our fight to stem the tide of opiate addiction in our state, but there’s still more work ahead.”
WHEN: Monday, June 27, 2016
Resource Tables will be available from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The panel will begin at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Winebrenner Theological Seminary
950 N. Main Street
Findlay, OH 45840
Room: TLB Auditorium
WHO: Congressman Bob Latta (OH-5)
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
Ohio Department of Health Director Richard Hodges
Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Tracy PlouckRead More
Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce voted to advance the Ozone Standards Implementation Act (H.R. 4775), of which Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) is an original co-sponsor. The bill now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives.
This legislation provides additional time and flexibility for states to implement the U.S. EPA’s 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 70 ppb.
"No one opposes clean air or clean water; however, I remain concerned that implementing the 2015 standards just as the previous revisions to the NAAQS standards are beginning to be implemented in counties across the country will prove extremely expensive and lead to incredible costs for my home state of Ohio,” said Latta. “H.R. 4775 allows states more time to implement the newest standard, which is key for ensuring that we do not stifle the incredible advances we have made in the energy, manufacturing and chemical sectors."Read More
Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce voted unanimously to advance the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016 (H.R. 4979), bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA). H.R. 4979 now awaits consideration by the full House of Representatives.
“H.R. 4979 is Congress’s opportunity to ensure that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is able to provide the certainty that the private sector needs to invest in innovative advanced nuclear reactor technologies,” said Latta. “Nuclear power is clean and reliable baseload power, and must be part of the United States’ future electricity mix. Investment in new technologies is already happening, with approximately 50 companies in this country working to develop the next generation of nuclear power.
“The United States must remain a leader in the nuclear industry, which is vital for both our electricity generation mix and our national security. I am pleased that the committee has supported H.R. 4979 and I look forward to working to have H.R. 4979 passed into law.”
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“I would like to thank Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), and the entire Committee for their work, which will ensure Congressman Mike Oxley receives the recognition he deserves for his thirty years of public service to both the Ohio House of Representatives and the U.S. House of Representatives,” said Congressman Latta. “Mike personified a true public servant who loved serving his constituents, Ohio, and the United States of America. It is now my hope that the full House shares this characterization of Mike and will act on this legislation in the coming weeks.”
Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), along with Representatives Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), and Collin Peterson (D-MN), sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Wheeler urging the Commission to reexamine their set-top box proposal and to reconsider its implications on small and rural pay-TV providers.
“Our bipartisan letter recognizes the efforts of the FCC to support a competitive environment for video competition, but disagrees with their approach,” said Latta. “The Commission’s set-top box proposal is a technical mandate that will obstruct the future of pay-TV by having programmers retrofit their systems to comply with a new standard that doesn’t yet exist. Not only would a new standard likely take years to develop, slowing and stifling innovation, but it would also be costly to reconfigure systems, especially for small and rural providers.
“Furthermore, the marketplace continues to prove that this proposal is obsolete. This is evident by Comcast’s recent announcement to launch an apps based program to allow their customers to access their video programming through a range of retail devices without having to lease a set-top box. Pro-consumer initiatives such as this looks towards the future of technology rather than taking a backwards approach like the FCC’s proposal.
“I hope this letter will convince the Commission not to move forward on the set-top box proceeding and reconsider the proposed rule, including the impacts it would have on small providers and consumers alike.”Read More
Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a legislative hearing on the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016 (H.R. 4979), bipartisan legislation which Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) recently introduced.
“The future of the nuclear industry needs to start now, with Congress ensuring that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is able to provide the certainty that the private sector needs to invest in innovative technologies,” said Latta. “As the United States looks to the future, more energy will be needed and nuclear power provides a reliable, clean baseload power option. Investment in new technologies is already happening, with approximately 50 companies in this country working to develop the next generation of nuclear power.”
“We have introduced H.R. 4979 because it is time for Congress to ensure that NRC provides a framework so that innovators and investors can prepare to apply for licensing technologies. I am pleased that we held this hearing and I look forward to moving toward passage of this legislation.”Read More
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) will recognize and congratulate seven students from Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District on their acceptance to one of the U.S. Military Service Academies at an event on Sunday in Bowling Green. The students were nominated by Congressman Latta and have received offers of appointment for the Class of 2020 at their respective schools.
The following are the students who will be recognized:
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Andrew Hammond, Van Wert, Van Wert High School
Trey Smith, Delphos, Delphos Jefferson High School
U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York
Alexander Dolan, Bryan, Bryan High School
Adam Hug, Bryan, Bryan High School
Thomas Koizumi, Findlay, Liberty-Benton High School
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
James Reneau, Jr., Findlay, Findlay High School
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, King’s Point, New York
Collin Keil, Whitehouse, Anthony Wayne High School
*Media is invited to attend the event. Details include the following:
WHO: Congressman Bob Latta and U.S. Military Service Academy Appointees
WHAT: U.S. Military Service Academy Appointment Reception
WHEN: Sunday, May 1, at 1 p.m.
WHERE: Bowling Green Parks, Simpson Meeting Room, 1291 Conneaut Avenue, Bowling Green, OhioRead More
Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce passed legislation introduced by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Ohio), Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
“My bill, H.R. 2593, would reform the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision-making process to hold the agency more accountable and increase transparency,” said Latta. “Specifically, the bill would require the FCC to identify and describe on its website all items to be adopted by the Commission staff on delegated authority 48 hours prior to action being taken, if those items are given a delegated authority identification number. While most of the decisions made on delegated authority are routine and minor, there are isolated incidents where the use of such authority is abused as a way to get around having the necessary votes on an item. My bill will capture those occurrences and increase public awareness of the agency’s day-to-day decisions.”
In addition, FCC Commissioner O’Rielly offered a statement in support of H.R. 2593.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today voted in favor of H.J. Res. 88, a joint resolution utilizing the Congressional Review Act to disapprove and nullify the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule relating to the definition of the term “fiduciary” and the conflict of interest rule with respect to retirement investment advice:
“For months, the Department of Labor has worked in secret to put the finishing touches on this rule, which has been referred to as the Obamacare for financial planning. This one-size-fits-all regulation will restrict access to quality investment advice for millions of Americans with IRAs and increase costs for those individuals seeking financial advice,” said Congressman Latta. “Both Republicans and Democrats agree that a standard should be defined to ensure retirement advisors act in their clients’ best interests. Unfortunately, this final rule as it is currently written would result in unintended consequences that will have a negative impact on our economy. I applaud my colleagues for passing this joint resolution and will continue to work with them to offer an alternative standard that would require advisors to serve their clients’ best interests and maintain access to quality financial advice.”
In addition to cosponsoring and supporting H.J. Res. 88, Congressman Latta is also a cosponsor of H.R. 4293, the Affordable Retirement Advice Protection Act, and H.R. 4294, the Strengthening Access to Valuable Education and Retirement Support Act. These two pieces of legislation would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code, respectively, to allow for Congress to review and vote on the Department of Labor’s final rule. If Congress votes to disapprove of the rule, this legislation would then offer an alternative standard to ensure that retirement investors receive advice in their best interests.
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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.
Thank you for your prayers on the passing of my Dad, former Congressman Del Latta.
I want to thank Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and members of the Senate for the proclamation honoring my father, Former Congressman and State
Thank you to Representative Dr. Michael Burgess for traveling to my district and speaking to hospitals about the future of healthcare.
On behalf of the entire Latta Family, I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers on the passing of my Dad, former Congressman Delbert
Please join me on June 27th for a panel discussion to examine the increased heroin and opioid abuse that is occurring across Northwest and West
I was honored to speak this morning at the Global America Business Institute’s briefing "Developing a Regulatory Framework to Facilitate Nuclear