Bob Latta

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Latta Statement on ‘Better Way’ Tax Proposal

2016/06/25

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement after House Republicans released “A Better Way for Tax Reform,” a blueprint for an overhaul of the tax code. The full tax blueprint is available here.
 
“It’s been three decades since the last serious overhaul of our tax system, and it’s time that our tax code is brought up to speed with a modern economy. Today’s proposal does away with the complexity and confusion that plagues our current tax code and replaces it with a simpler and fairer system. Not only will this proposal help Ohio families as they file their taxes, it will also put American companies on an equal playing field with their global competitors. That means more innovation, growth, and jobs being created here at home.
 
"In addition, this proposal will create fairer tax collection by breaking up the IRS and creating a more transparent and accountable system. This ‘Better Way’ tax proposal is about growing our economy and letting Americans keep more of their hard-earned money. I commend Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady for putting together a tax reform plan that puts the people, not Washington, first.”
 
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Latta Statement on Supreme Court Decision Overturning President’s Immigration Executive Order

2016/06/23

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling in the United States v. Texas case ruling the President’s use of executive action on immigration unlawful.
 
“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a victory for those that believe in the separation of powers as outlined in the Constitution. It was clear when the President issued his executive order on immigration that he had greatly exceeded his authority and imposed a band-aid on an issue that needs real solutions. Unfortunately, his go-it-alone approach has damaged substantive efforts in Congress to secure our borders and fix a badly broken immigration system.

“Thankfully, the courts have ruled this unilateral executive action unlawful and the order null and void. I’m committed to ensuring that any action to pass meaningful immigration reform will be done with the full vetting, input, and support of the American people."
 
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Latta Statement on Vote to Oppose Regulations Limiting Access to Financial Planning

2016/06/23

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) issued the following statement after voting to overturn a Presidential veto of H.J. Res. 88, legislation disapproving of the Department of Labor’s ‘Fiduciary Rule.’ While a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the legislation by a vote of 239-180, the bill did not reach the required two-thirds majority to overturn the veto.  
 
“It’s disappointing that affordable financial advice will be more difficult to obtain for countless Ohio families due to this misguided and burdensome rule. Once again, we’re seeing a one-size-fits-all approach that doesn’t take into account the needs of Americans that are simply trying to plan for retirement or save for their children’s education. Despite bipartisan opposition, the President’s veto will keep in place this harmful regulation for now.  I’ll continue to look for ways to protect access to quality financial planning that doesn’t increase costs for advisors and their clients.”

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Latta Statement on House Approval of Efforts to Fight the Zika Virus

2016/06/23

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement after voting for legislation to combat the spread of the Zika virus as part of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Zika Response Appropriations Act. The bill passed the House earlier this morning.

“Zika is an urgent threat around the country and in Ohio as evidence by the recent diagnosis of the virus in Lucas County. The House has taken a responsible step forward by providing the necessary resources and policies to protect public health, especially for pregnant women and their babies. I’m hopeful that with such a pressing threat, the Senate will move quickly to pass this legislation and protect Americans from this virus."
 
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Latta to Host One-On-One Meetings in Celina

2016/06/23

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents at the Mercer County Central Service Building, Meeting Room A212, 220 West Livingston Street, in Celina on Tuesday, June 28. From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., residents can meet individually with Congressman Latta and discuss the issues that are most important to them and their families. Staff will also be available to assist with casework or help residents with any issues they may have with the federal government.

Residents are not required to RSVP, but should contact Congressman Latta’s office at (800) 541-6446 if they have any questions. 

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta

 

WHAT: One-On-One Meetings with Constituents

 

WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 12 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

WHERE: Mercer County Central Service Building, Meeting Room A212, 220 West Livingston Street, Celina, Ohio 45822

 

 

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Latta Hosting Opioid Forum on Monday in Findlay

2016/06/22

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will host a forum about addressing the opioid epidemic on Monday, June 27 at the Winebrenner Theological Seminary on the campus of the University of Findlay. Resource tables will open starting at 5:30 p.m. and the panel discussion will commence at 6:30 p.m. Joining Rep. Latta at the event will be Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Richard Hodges, and Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Director Tracy Plouck.
 
 
Opioid Forum Details
What:
Forum on the Opioid Epidemic
 
Who:
Congressman Bob Latta, (OH-05), Host
Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General, Featured Guest
Richard Hodges, Ohio Department of Health Director, Featured Guest
Tracy Plouck, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Featured Guest
 
Where:
Winebrenner Theological Seminary, University of Findlay
950 N. Main St.
Findlay, OH 45840
 
When:
Monday, June 27, 2016
Resource Tables Available from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Introductory Remarks Will Begin at 6:30 p.m.  
 
 
Background:
Approximately 1.9 million Americans are addicted to or abuse prescription opiate-based painkillers. These addictions result in approximately 44 people dying every day from prescription painkillers. There are also nearly three times as many Americans addicted to heroin as a decade ago. In 2014 alone, 2,531 lives in Ohio were lost due to unintentional drug overdoses.
 
Congressman Latta recently joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing a package of bills to address the crisis. Latta is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee which has jurisdiction over a majority of the bills aimed at stopping the opioid epidemic.
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U.S. House Passes Latta-authored Legislation Renaming Findlay Post Office After Late Congressman Mike Oxley

2016/06/21

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation authored by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) Tuesday afternoon to officially name the Findlay Post Office after former U.S. and Ohio Representative Mike Oxley. The bill, H.R. 4925, designates the post office at 229 West Main Cross Street in Findlay as the ‘Michael Garver Oxley Memorial Post Office Building.’ Congressman Oxley served over thirty years in the Ohio legislature and in Congress where he rose to become Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. Rep. Oxley passed away earlier this year.
 
“Mike Oxley served the people of Ohio with class and distinction in the Statehouse and then in the halls of Congress,” said Latta. “His commitment to public service deserves to be recognized and the renaming of his hometown post office in his honor is a fitting tribute. I’m proud to have called Mike a friend and passing this bill will help ensure that his legacy is remembered well into the future.”
 
Congressman Latta spoke in favor of the legislation and in remembrance of Rep. Oxley on the House floor. Video is available here.
 
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Latta Addresses Joint Session at Buckeye Boys State

2016/06/17

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) addressed a Joint Session at Buckeye Boys State on the campus of Bowling Green State University Friday morning. Latta congratulated the high school students for their participation and encouraged them to stay involved in public service and in their communities.
 
“Programs like Boys State help cultivate the next generation of leaders that will rise to tackle the challenges our country faces," said Latta. "It's inspiring to see the impassioned speeches and robust debate at Buckeye Boys State and know our nation's future is bright. I enjoyed the opportunity to share with the students my experiences in public service and encourage them to stay active in government at all levels."

Buckeye Boys State is an eight-day event sponsored by the Ohio American Legion to help young men learn about local and state governments. Buckeye Boys State is the largest Boys State program in the country with over 1,200 students representing 600 high schools participating annually.
 
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Latta Statement on the First Internet of Things Working Group Roundtable

2016/06/16

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement regarding this morning’s meeting of the Internet of Things Working Group.
 
“Today’s roundtable fostered a robust discussion between Members of Congress and stakeholders about the Internet of Things and the benefits it brings for nearly every sector of our economy. At the same time, potential obstacles and challenges were also discussed. This opening meeting is the first step in identifying the most effective way forward in encouraging innovation while ensuring bulky regulations don’t slow down the development of life-improving technology. I’m optimistic our discussions will continue to be productive and will yield a workable blueprint for how Congress approaches the Internet of Things.”
 
Click here for more information on the Internet of Things Working Group.
 
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Latta Welcomes Honor Flight Veterans to Nation’s Capital

2016/06/14

Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) helped welcome veterans to the National Mall as part of the Flag City Honor Flight’s trip to Washington. Honor Flights take veterans to see the memorials that were built in honor of their service at no cost to the veterans. The Flag City Honor Flight organization is based in Findlay and helps plan trips for veterans from around the region.

“We enjoy our freedom and way of life thanks to the countless sacrifices made by the men and women that dutifully served our country in conflict," said Latta. “The veterans on this Honor Flight were able to see up close the beautiful memorials that stand as a tribute to their service. Words can’t fully express our appreciation for their defense of our nation, but the Honor Flight program has been one important way to honor our veterans and their sacrifices.”