Bob Latta

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Broken Senate Yet Again Refuses to Take Up SHARE Act

2014/07/11

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate’s inaction on S. 2363, companion legislation to H.R. 3590, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, sponsored by Latta. The bipartisan legislation includes various pro-sportsmen and sportswomen’s provisions to help ensure our outdoor traditions are protected and advanced.

“It is extremely disappointing that the Senate has yet again refused to move forward with legislation to promote and protect our outdoor traditions,” said Latta. “As we’ve seen with the dozens of jobs bills passed through the U.S. House of Representatives, the SHARE Act has unfortunately become another victim of the do-nothing Senate, sitting in the stack of bills on Senator Reid’s desk. The House passed this legislation in February with bipartisan support, and Senator Reid’s refusal to allow amendments to move the bill forward is an indication of how broken the Senate truly is.”

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Walden, Latta Dismayed by Dysfunctional FCC Process

2014/07/11

House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Vice Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH) expressed dismay with the latest evidence of opaque decision-making at the Federal Communications Commission, including reports that final items were not distributed to FCC Commissioners for today’s open meeting until just before the vote.

“The chairman did not need to do it this way. Deliberations at the FCC need to include all commissioners. Period.” said Walden. “When commissioners don’t receive drafts of proposals until shortly before the vote, there has been a colossal breakdown of process, collegiality, and trust that should characterize the work of the commission. If Chairman Wheeler’s intent is to keep his fellow commissioners in the dark and uninformed – then job well done. But for the sake of sound policymaking, public confidence and good process, commissioners should have ample time and ability to thoughtfully consider items before voting on them.”

“Today’s item on improving the Universal Service Fund schools and libraries program could have been a bipartisan success story – bringing 21st century educational tools to the students that need them to thrive,” said Latta. “Unfortunately, Chairman Wheeler’s ‘my way or the highway’ approach to working with his fellow commissioners has resulted in a partisan outcome that will ultimately place new costs on American consumers. The American people deserve better.”

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Latta Announces 2014 Mid-Year Report Highlighting Energy and Commerce Committee Accomplishments

2014/07/10

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today announced the release of a report highlighting the accomplishments of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for the first six months of 2014. Latta is Vice-Chairman of the Committee’s Technology and Communications Subcommittee and a member of the Energy and Power and the Environment and the Economy Subcommittees.

“Over the past six months, the Energy and Commerce Committee has been hard at work, developing bipartisan legislation to promote job creation, economic growth and energy independence,” said Latta. “I am proud of the accomplishments we have made this year and look forward to continuing this record of success, as we work to implement policies that encourage job creation and strengthen our economy.”

The report summarizes the Committee’s accomplishments for the first six months of 2014, including key hearings and significant legislation, as well as its goals for the future. A copy of the report can be found here.

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Latta Stands with Israel In Defending Its Citizens

2014/07/09

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today released the following statement in support of Israel as it takes action to defend its citizens against Hamas, which continues to launch rockets from Gaza: 

"My thoughts go out to the people of Israel as Hamas continues to launch rockets into heavily populated areas from Gaza," said Latta. "Israel is our greatest ally in the Middle East, and I stand with all Israelis as they take the necessary actions to defend themselves."

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Latta Praises Hobby Lobby Decision

2014/06/30

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today released the following statement after learning the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby:

"Freedom of religion is a bedrock principle of our nation guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution," said Latta. "I am extremely pleased that the Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby recognizes that the Obamacare mandate tramples on that right by illegally forcing Americans to choose between violating their faith and conscience or jeopardizing their livelihood. All Americans should be able to live and work according to their beliefs without fear of punishment by the government, and today's decision reaffirms this critical pillar of our nation's foundation."

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Latta Says #Yes2Energy, Yes to Jobs

2014/06/26

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power, this week voted in favor of three energy bills that will allow the United States to better utilize its abundant domestic energy resources, promoting economic growth and creating jobs.

“While the Administration has attempted to impede domestic energy growth at every turn, introducing unnecessary regulations and diminishing exploration on federal lands, the energy industry has been a prime example of American innovation at its best,” said Latta. “The legislation the House passed this week will unleash the United States’ abundant domestic energy resources, promote North American energy independence and curb gas prices – all while creating jobs. I urge the Senate to similarly pass this legislation, so our country can reach it’s full energy potential.”

H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act, will help ease the pain hardworking Americans are feeling at the pump by expanding production of America’s own energy resources. Responsibly developing these resources not only addresses rising energy costs, but helps create good-paying American jobs, strengthens our economy, and improves our energy security.

H.R. 6, the Domestic Prosperity & Global Freedom Act, will bring certainty to the U.S. Department of Energy’s export approval process, increasing natural gas production and setting a timeframe by which the agency must act on an application to export U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) to our allies. Increasing U.S. LNG exports would help boost the U.S. economy while increasing global energy security. The legislation is also expected to bring more than 30,000 jobs to Ohio by 2035.

H.R. 3301, the North American Energy Infrastructure Act, will update the approval process for oil and natural gas pipelines and electric transmission facilities that cross the national boundary of the U.S. between Canada or Mexico. This bill will build the energy infrastructure needed to fully enhance our domestic production, transport and use.

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MONDAY: Congressman Latta to Host One-On-One Meetings in Elmore

2014/06/26

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) will be available for one-on-one meetings with constituents at the Elmore Town Hall Building, located at 344 Rice Street, on Monday. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.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.

“This event provides an excellent opportunity for me to learn what issues are most important to my constituents, so I can best represent them in Washington, D.C.,” said Latta. “I encourage residents to attend and look forward to discussing these issues with them, as well as providing any assistance that may be needed involving 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.

Media is also invited to attend the event, but should RSVP to Sarah Criser. Details for the event include the following: 

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta

WHAT: One-On-One Meetings with Constituents

WHEN: Monday, June 30, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

WHERE: Elmore Town Hall Building, 344 Rice Street, Elmore, Ohio 43416

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ABC v. Aereo: Committee Leaders Respond

2014/06/25

House Energy and Commerce Committee leaders issued the following statements in response to today’s Supreme Court’s decision in American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo.

“While the court ruled that Aereo had overstepped, invention and innovation are at the heart of America’s global leadership in communications and technology development,” said full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). “This case underscores the mounting need to modernize the 80-year-old Communications Act, which serves as an important, yet outdated, framework for the communications industry. We will continue laying the groundwork toward a #CommActUpdate to bring our laws into the innovation era so that the United States can continue leading the world in developing groundbreaking technologies that drive job creation and support consumer choice, economic growth, and social discourse.”

“The Court’s decision reminds us that the complex communications and technology marketplace is constantly innovating and rapidly changing, and that nuances in the law can have a profound effect on content providers and consumers,” added Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR). “Providing consumers with a vibrant and innovative content delivery system in the 21st century is an important objective of our #CommActUpdate. In that effort, we will carefully balance the competing marketplace interests to make sure that this industry continues to innovate, localism is preserved, and consumers ultimately come out on top.”

“The ABC v. Aereo case highlights the regulatory uncertainty that exists in the rapidly evolving video marketplace as a result of our country's outdated communications laws,” said Communications and Technology Subcommittee Vice Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH). “I look forward to working with Chairman Upton and Chairman Walden in engaging in a comprehensive review of the Communications Act to ensure our policies foster robust investment and innovation in the 21st century digital economy.”

 

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Latta Questions EPA Regarding Proposed CO2 Regulations’ Impacts on Ohio

2014/06/20

During a House Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing yesterday, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) questioned the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation, Janet McCabe, regarding the agency’s proposed carbon dioxide regulations on power plants and their impacts on Ohio. At the conclusion of the hearing, Congressman Latta issued the following statement:

“The EPA’s proposed carbon dioxide regulations on power plants will have negligible environmental benefits and severe impacts in my home state of Ohio, costing thousands of energy and manufacturing jobs and resulting in higher energy costs for consumers,” said Latta. “In proposing these regulations, President Obama is attempting to unilaterally implement his failed Cap-and-Trade energy sector overhaul, ignoring the wishes of the American people and Congress. We have seen the negative impacts nationalizing critical sectors of our economy can have on the American way of life. This proposal will allow the EPA, a federal agency run by unelected bureaucrats, to dictate the best energy mix for each state and further require EPA approval for any changes to that plan. This raises serious legal questions and intrudes on the constitutionally protected role of state authority over wholly intrastate matters.”  

To view Congressman Latta’s questions for Honorable McCabe, watch the video below:


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Walden, Latta Respond to FCC Report Showing Broadband Speeds are Higher than Ever

2014/06/18

The House Energy and Commerce Committee's Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Vice Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH) today responded to the FCC’s release of its annual report on the state of broadband in America.

“This year’s report again shows that broadband Internet access is flourishing across the country and consumers continue to reap the benefits of American innovation and investment,” said Walden and Latta. “The evidence continues to mount that the administration’s call for ‘net neutrality’ regulations is grounded in finding solutions for problems that don’t exist.”

The leaders continued, “Regulations that dictate how content is handled and networks are managed reduce the incentive to invest in next-generation networks and technologies and tie the hands of companies that wish to experiment with innovative service offerings. As today’s report shows, the networks that are most regulated are beginning to show their age, while lesser-regulated competitors continue to invest to improve the consumer experience. We hope the commission walks away from this report with a healthy skepticism that regulation somehow fosters better Internet service for American consumers. The FCC does not need to take our word that unnecessary regulations are harmful, they just need to take a look at their own report.”

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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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