Bob Latta

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Latta on Passage of Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act

2016/02/02

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today voted in support of HR 3662, the Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act. The legislation would increase congressional oversight and prohibit sanctions relief for institutions and individuals supporting terrorism or Iran's ballistic missile program.

“The Iran nuclear agreement is one of this President’s more glaring failings in the foreign policy arena,” said Latta. “This regime stands to receive more than $100 billion in sanctions relief, and is now on the path to succeed in its pursuit of attaining a nuclear weapons program. As the President continues to make a concerted effort to sell this agreement to the American people, Iran has become more emboldened than ever. This is evident by their recent ballistic missile tests. This legislation empowers Congress with the authority to prevent the President from making unilateral decisions that would enable Iran to continue its support of enemies of the state, and prevent the regime from attaining weapons of mass destruction.”

 

HR 3662:

· Blocks the President from offering sanctions relief to an individual or bank until certifying that such entity has not conducted a significant transaction with a terrorist organization, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or in support of either Iran’s ballistic missile or its conventional weapons programs.

· Prohibits the Administration from lifting Iran’s designation as a “Jurisdiction of Primary Money Laundering Concern” until it certifies that the Government of Iran is no longer supporting terrorism, pursuing weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, or engaging in illicit financial activities.

· Provides Congress greater insight into how the Treasury Department licenses specific U.S. companies to do business in Iran. · Applies the Congressional Review Act to provide Congress the ability to disapprove of Iran related changes to the Code of Federal Regulations.

· Clarifies that Iran’s proxies—Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad—are included in the definition terrorist organizations for the purposes of financial sanctions against Iran.

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Latta Votes to Override Presidential Veto

2016/02/02

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today voted to override President Obama’s veto of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015.  The legislation, which eliminates key provisions of Obamacare and stops taxpayer funding for abortion providers, such as Planned Parenthood, was vetoed by the President last month.

“President Obama’s veto made it clear to the American people that he supports dictating their healthcare options and using taxpayer dollars to fund abortion providers,” said Latta.  “Today, Republicans in the House of Representatives stood adamantly opposed to the President’s actions.  Congress will continue to fight against Obamacare and work to provide a healthcare system that puts patients first, and places power over healthcare decisions back into the hands of families and their doctors.  I will also be persistent in protecting women’s access to healthcare and defending those without a voice.  Every unborn life is sacred, and I will continue working with my colleagues to enact policies that stop federal funds to any entity that performs abortions.”

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Latta Votes to Repeal Obamacare, Defund Planned Parenthood

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Latta Announces U.S. Military Service Academy Nominations

2016/01/14

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today announced his nominations for consideration of acceptance into the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2020.

“Each year, I have the great privilege of nominating outstanding young men and women from the Fifth Congressional District for acceptance into America’s service academies,” said Rep. Latta. “These extraordinary individuals have taken great measures towards becoming our future military leaders, and I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with them in achieving their educational aspirations.”

Nominations for the Class of 2020:

U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado

Andrew Hammond, Van Wert, Van Wert High School

Collin Keil, Whitehouse, Anthony Wayne High School

Kevin O’Donnell, Toledo, University of Dayton

Trey Smith, Delphos, Delphos Jefferson High School

Jacob Spiess, Whitehouse, Anthony Wayne High School

U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York

Jonathan Bowlus, Pemberville, Eastwood High School

Abigail Brannan, Whitehouse, Anthony Wayne High School

Alexander Dolan, Bryan, Bryan High School

Andrew Hammond, Van Wert, Van Wert High School

Adam Hug, Bryan, Bryan High School

Bennett Miller, Perrysburg, St. John’s Jesuit High School

Thomas Koizumi, Findlay, Liberty Benton High School

Hunter Mortemore, Perrysburg, St. Francis de Sales High School

Zachary Sisler, Waterville, Anthony Wayne High School

Trevor Springer, Findlay, Liberty Benton High School
 

U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland

Jazmin Hernandez, Perrysburg, Perrysburg High School

Collin Keil, Whitehouse, Anthony Wayne High School

Andrew Laukhuf, Bryan, Bryan High School

Bennett Miller, Perrysburg, St. John’s Jesuit High School

Kevin O’Donnell, Toledo, University of Dayton

Sean Rattay, Monclova, St. John’s Jesuit High School

James Reneau, Jr., Findlay, Findlay High School

Logan Schofield, Maumee, St. Francis de Sales High School

Jacob Spiess, Whitehouse, Anthony Wayne High School

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point, New York

Collin Keil, Whitehouse, Anthony Wayne High School

Note that a nomination does not guarantee acceptance to an Academy. That responsibility rests with the Academies’ admissions offices.  Additional information regarding the academy nomination and application process can be found on Congressman Latta’s website.

 

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Latta On 5.9GHz Band Testing For Greater Unlicensed Use

2016/01/14

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Ohio) issued the following statement regarding the progress made by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in its testing of 5.9GHz Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) technology.

“I am pleased to see the FCC is making progress in its coordinated efforts with the Department of Transportation in the development of vehicle-to-vehicle technologies, and examining ways to make spectrum more available for Wi-Fi. The test plan being implemented by the Commission is a good first step in providing real-world information on the safe operation of DRSC and unlicensed devices in the 5.9GHz band. I look forward to seeing future progress between the FCC and interested stakeholders to advance this important technology."   

Note: 
At the beginning of the 114th Congress, Latta reintroduced H.R 821, the Wi-Fi Innovation Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation that addresses growing demand for Wi-Fi by examining ways to improve spectrum efficiency in the upper 5GHz band and maximize its use. Similar legislation, S. 424, was also introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).

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Latta, Eshoo, Issa, Matsui, DelBene Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Wi-Fi Innovation Act (LINK)

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Latta Votes to Disapprove WOTUS Rule

2016/01/13

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today voted in support of S.J.Res.22, providing for congressional disapproval of the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule submitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The WOTUS rule, which was finalized in June 2015, significantly expands the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act over virtually all waters and wet areas in the country. 

“The Waters of the United States rule is another glaring example of this administration’s alarming regulatory overreach. This rule greatly expands the scope of the Agencies, and greatly infringes on the rights of property owners, particularly in agricultural communities like the Fifth District,” said Rep. Latta. “Americans have made it clear that they want to maintain their right to control their fields, farms, and ranches without interference from Washington. I have worked with my colleagues, on several efforts to halt this detrimental rule, since it was finalized last summer and I am pleased that today’s resolution will now go to the President’s desk. I voted to disapprove the WOTUS rule in order to protect American property owners, and especially Ohio’s farming community.”

S.J. Res 22 was approved by the Senate on November 4, 2015. Introduced under the Congressional Review Act, the resolution dictates that the Army Corps and EPA may not issue the same or a substantially similar rule unless authorized by subsequent legislation. Rep. Latta was a cosponsor of the House companion resolution, H.J.Res.59.

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Ed Nagle Joins Congressman Latta For The State Of The Union Address

2016/01/12

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) is joined by Ed Nagle of Wood County at the President’s final State of the Union address. Mr. Nagle is the President and CEO of Nagle Trucking, a small family owned trucking business in Lake Township.

“I am very pleased to join Congressman Latta to hear the President’s address. The Congressman has done a terrific job representing the people of the Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District, and I have enjoyed this opportunity to discuss with him the issues that have had an impact on Ohio’s businesses, including my own,” said Mr. Nagle.

“As the President of a small family business, I have experienced firsthand the true costs that misguided Washington policies have had on hard working men and women across the state,” Mr. Nagle continued. "Overreach by the federal government into our healthcare system has driven up the cost of insurance – something that is affecting businesses both large and small across the country. The rising costs of Obamacare have been increasingly burdensome on our employees, and I appreciate Congressman’s Latta’s continued efforts to keep Washington out of our healthcare choices.  We need our government to pass laws that help our business communities and help our workforce – not hinder them.”

Mr. Nagle is the President, Chief Executive Office of Nagle Companies, and was the first of four brothers “recruited” to work with Ed and Joanne Nagle in June 1, 1984. Ed brings a great wealth of knowledge and experience and his approach to business. 

Entering the trucking industry in 1978 at 15, he performed duties in facility maintenance at the “Toledo 5″ truck stop, then pump boy, mechanic, and the last 2 years as a manager. Upon graduating from the University of Toledo, Ed was named V.P. of Operations, a role he held until he was named President/CEO when Ed and Joanne retired at the end of 1997.

Mr. Nagle is actively involved with Catholic CharitiesCloistered Order of the Sisters of the VisitationSisters of Notre DameLittle Sisters of the Poor, Mercy St. Charles Hospital, Toledo Trucking AssocOhio Trucking Assoc., American Trucking Assoc., TMACOG (Toledo Metropolitan Council of Governments), Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Intermodal Transportation Institute at the University of Toledo, and recent gubernatorial appointment as a Trustee for Owens Community College.

“I am honored to have Ed accompany me at this year’s State of the Union address,” said Rep. Latta. “Ed’s leadership has made Nagle Companies a strong presence in our region, and his commitment to helping our community is nothing short of remarkable. The President needs to provide real solutions that help America’s job creators, and I think it is important for Ed to be here to listen to what solutions the President is offering. I will continue to work in Congress to pass policies that help small business owners like Ed, and all of the hardworking men and women of Ohio’s Fifth District.”

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Latta On The State Of The Union Address

2016/01/12

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today issued the following statement regarding the President’s final State of the Union address: 

“For seven years, this President has let events shape him rather than act to define the events that are having an impact on American families across the country. This is not leadership – it is leading from behind at a time we are under great threat. Tonight, the President had an opportunity to assure Americans that the security of the nation is the top priority of the federal government. Unfortunately, what we heard from the President is more of the same hollow rhetoric we’ve heard throughout his tenure in the White House. 

The state of our homeland is increasingly not secure. This past year we saw the deadly consequences of an unprecedented surge in Islamist terror with attacks in San Bernardino and Chattanooga. We now face the highest threat environment since 9/11 because the President has failed to grasp the nature of the threat to our nation and take the lead in confronting it.

More than ever, American families are concerned about our national security, and are looking to the President for leadership. While Congress has taken actions to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our country safe, the President has failed to follow suit. We have yet to see from this Administration a solid strategy to defeat ISIS. We have not heard adequate response to the threats posed by a nuclear Iran, or a nuclear North Korea.  

I, like many in this country, had hoped the President would show leadership in outlining a solid strategy to combat these threats; however, nothing we heard here tonight is indicative of meaningful actions to address these key national security concerns.  There is no greater responsibility for the federal government than keeping Americans secure. The House will continue to pass legislation that will keep America safe. It is my hope that for the next 12 months the President will focus his efforts towards working with Congress to ensure the safety and prosperity of the American people in passing meaningful legislation that will strengthen both our security, and our weakened economy."

 

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Latta Votes to Protect Jobs, Eliminate Unnecessary Regulatory Costs

2016/01/08

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today voted in support of legislation to eliminate unnecessary regulations and prevent regulatory negotiation tactics that create costly burdens for American job creators.

H.R. 1155, the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act, will eliminate the ineffective and cumbersome federal regulations that stifle economic growth by establishing a bipartisan, blue ribbon commission to retroactively review the existing federal regulations and determine which are no longer necessary or useful.

“Too much regulation, especially too much outdated regulation, means higher prices, lower wages, and fewer jobs for hardworking Americans,” said Rep. Latta. “Today, federal regulations impose an estimated burden of $1.88 trillion, or roughly $15,000 per U.S. household. To put it into perspective, there are nearly 175,000 pages of regulations in 235 volumes in The Code of Federal Regulations, many of which are outdated. This legislation protects American families and American job creators from the burden of these expenses by repealing outdated regulations, and setting a goal of a 15 percent reduction in regulatory costs.”

Secondly, H.R. 712, the Sunshine for Regulations and Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act, seeks to end the practice of enacting federal regulations through sue-and-settle litigation. This tactic, used by federal agencies and like-minded special interest groups, circumvents the normal rulemaking process to impose new, burdensome regulations on businesses and communities.  

Under the Obama administration, federal agencies have issued more than 100 new regulations using this process with over $100 billion in estimated annual costs.

“The rule making process must be transparent, and include input from all potentially impacted parties, including businesses. What we have seen under this administration is a subversion of this process, with negotiations instead taking place behind-the-scenes between pro-regulatory special interest groups and complicit agencies. The resulting regulations have imposed onerous costs on American businesses and ultimately, on American families. This bill shines a light on these tactics, restores the transparency, public participation and judicial review protections of the rulemaking process.  With more Americans having a seat at the table during the process, we can ensure states, businesses and our workforce are best protected from the types of burdensome, costly regulations we have seen coming out of this administration.”

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Latta on President's Executive Order to Undermine Second Amendment

2016/01/06

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of his executive order to restrict American gun ownership:

“The President has once again used executive order to circumvent the will of the American people. Make no mistake; these actions are yet another attempt by this administration to attack the 2nd Amendment, and the rights of responsible gun owners across the country. The President’s previous efforts to stifle our constitutional freedoms with ineffective policies have been soundly rejected by Americans and Members of Congress, even those in his own party. While the President’s latest proposal does not go as far as originally reported, it could impact citizens’ privacy and due process by granting federal bureaucrats more power to take away this right from those it deems incompetent. I will continue to closely monitor the Administration’s actions and consider whether legislation is needed to further protect Americans’ constitutional rights.”

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Latta Votes to Repeal Obamacare, Defund Planned Parenthood

2016/01/06

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today voted to accept the Senate changes to the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act. The legislation, which eliminates key parts of Obamacare and stops taxpayer funding for abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood, now goes to the President’s desk for signature. 

“Americans have made it clear: they do not want their healthcare options dictated by Washington, and they do not want their tax dollars funding abortion providers,” said Rep. Latta. “This legislation follows the will of the American people.”

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has estimated that the continuation of Obamacare will cost the U.S. workforce the equivalent of 2 million jobs over the next decade. CBO has stated that the passage of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act would reduce the deficit by $516 billion over 10 years.

“For years this President has deliberately misled the American people by promoting a failed policy, making false promises that this law would reduce healthcare costs, allow patients to keep their preferred doctors, and allow individuals to keep the plans they had and liked. Instead, Obamacare has brought an increase in healthcare costs, a decline in quality care and patient choice, and heavy financial burdens on American families and small businesses. By repealing Obamacare, Congress will set America up for a healthcare system that puts patients first, and gives families the power over their healthcare decisions.”

In addition, a recent series of videos have connected Planned Parenthood to allegations of trafficking fetal body parts, and have shown a callous disrespect for innocent life.  This legislation eliminates taxpayer funding for the organization while Congress completes its investigations into these implications. Additionally, the legislation further supports women’s health by providing $235 million for community health centers that do not perform abortions.

“Taxpayer dollars should not support any organization that performs abortions, yet each year nearly $500 million dollars in federal funding goes to Planned Parenthood. This must not continue. There are over 9,000 community health centers across the country providing a full range of services to millions of American women, including 280 better health care alternatives in Ohio. These centers are far more deserving of support, and carry none of the moral and ethical challenges Planned Parenthood presents. Every unborn life is sacred, and I will continue working to enact policies that ensure their protection.”

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Latta Questions EPA Regarding Proposed C02 Regulations' Impact on Ohio

2014-06-19 16:41:10


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2014-03-25 21:47:55


Latta: Obamacare HHS Mandate Violates First Amendment Rights

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Latta: Keystone XL Pipeline Will Bring More Than 2,000 Jobs to Ohio

2014-03-13 23:46:02


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2014-03-06 19:29:07


Latta Supports SHARE Act on House Floor

2014-02-05 20:01:45


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2014-01-28 23:54:32


House Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing titled "PPACA Implementation Failures: Answers from HHS"

2013-10-30 21:02:21


Congressman Latta questions contractors on Obamacare glitches

2013-10-24 20:03:30


Latta urges for reform of U.S. Sugar Policy

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September 28, 2013 Floor Speech

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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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