Bob Latta

Bob Latta


Latta Discusses Smart Cities at Impact Ohio Conference in Toledo


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) participated in a panel discussion on Smart Cities at the 2017 Impact Ohio Toledo Conference this morning at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Toledo. Latta shared his perspective as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection on technology like autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things, and other emerging innovation. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed his landmark legislation, the SELF DRIVE Act, which is the first bill to pass either body of Congress addressing self-driving cars. Joining Latta on the panel were Chairman of IEEE Smart City Technology and Planning Standards Committee and CEO of Venture Smarter, Zack Huhn, Ohio House Finance Committee Chairman Rep. Ryan Smith, and AT&T’s Digital Infrastructure Specialist for the Internet of Things Jamie Sullivan. 
“Emerging technology and innovation like Smart Cities, the Internet of Things, and self-driving cars has the potential to be an economic driver in the region for years to come,” said Latta. “Events like the Impact Ohio Toledo Conference foster important discussions that bring the perspective of policymakers, industry representatives, and civic leaders to the table in order to develop strategies, identify obstacles, and share information. Today’s panel was timely as the House just passed the SELF DRIVE Act last week, and I was able to share how this legislation could benefit Ohio in the future.”

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Latta Applauds Passage of All 12 House Appropriations Bills


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues on Thursday in passing H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act. The passage of the bill is notable as it is the first time in nearly a decade that the U.S. House of Representatives has passed all 12 of the annual funding bills on time. The bills included a number of provisions supported by Latta including a pay increase for military members, funding to strengthen border security, and it rolls back a number of regulations that are harmful to job creation and economy.

In addition, the appropriations bills fully fund the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the National Sea Grant College Program — two important programs that help protect Lake Erie. Toledo’s 180th Fighter Wing also received funding for infrastructure improvements.

The appropriations bills were passed at a time when the House continues to advance legislation at a faster rate than the beginning of recent administrations.
“While it may not get the attention from the national media, the House has been doing its work,” said Latta. “That includes passing all 12 appropriations bills, on-time, through the standard committee process. We fully debated and passed funding to secure our border, provide our military with the resources they need, and roll back burdensome and unnecessary regulations. I share the frustrations of many Americans that most of the legislation passed in the House has been stymied by an obstructionist minority party in the Senate, and urge that body to consider the elimination of the 60-vote threshold on appropriation bills so we can keep our government running.”

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Latta, Schrader Author Legislation Providing Regulatory Relief From FCC Rules for Small Businesses


Congressmen Bob Latta (R-OH) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) have authored bipartisan legislation, the Small Entity Regulatory Relief Opportunity Act (SERRO), to provide regulatory relief for small businesses and entities under the jurisdiction of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules. Any entity that qualifies as a small business as defined by the Small Business Administration would be able to seek this regulatory relief.

SERRO seeks to reduce the regulatory burden for these entities in several ways.

The bill directs the FCC to establish streamlined procedures for small businesses seeking relief through petition waivers.
The legislation also would provide a one-year grace period before new regulations apply to small entities after they become effective for larger businesses, except in certain cases where statute specifically bans deferment or to protect public safety.

SERRO would also direct the FCC to review all existing regulations applicable to operations of service providers to determine whether there is a good cause for relief to be granted to smaller entities.
“Small businesses are the engines of our economy — creating two out of every three new jobs,” said Rep. Latta. “We also know small businesses are the most susceptible to burdensome regulations that harm their ability to grow, expand, and hire new employees. In the telecommunications sector, smaller entities often do not require the same level of regulatory oversight as large entities — as both Congress and the FCC have recognized. While the FCC has provided regulatory relief on a case-by-case basis, small businesses and their customers would benefit from greater certainty, fewer costs, and more administrative efficiency that this legislation would provide.”

“As a former small business owner, I know how burdensome many rules and regulations from Washington, D.C. can be to a small business’s ability to grow and innovate,” said Rep. Schrader. “By establishing streamlined procedures for obtaining waivers from regulations that are often unnecessary and not designed for small entities, we are providing relief for our small telecommunications providers while creating greater certainty and efficiency to help them continue to provide vital services to many of our smaller and often rural communities. I’ve always said DC should be in the business of producing outcomes, not micromanaging, and our bill will help to do just that.”

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Latta Invites High School Students and Families to Military Service Academy Night


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) invites all interested high school students and their parents to attend an informational meeting at Owens Community College, Findlay Campus, on Thursday, September 21 at 7 p.m., to learn about the United States Military Service Academy nomination and appointment process for the 2018 academic year.

At the meeting, potential candidates will be advised of the congressional nomination process and have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York; and U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut. Potential candidates may also obtain an application for a military service academy nomination at the meeting. Applications and additional information are available on Congressman Latta’s website here. Applications will be due September 30, 2017.

Details for the event are as follows:

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta’s staff, Representatives from the U.S. Military Service Academies

WHAT: Military Service Academy Informational Event

WHEN: Thursday, September 21, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m.

WHERE: Owens Community College, Findlay Campus
Conference Room EC 111 ABC
3200 Bright Road
Findlay, Ohio 45840
*Media: Please contact Drew Griffin at 202-225-6405 for more information or to RSVP.

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Latta Highlights OTC Monograph Draft Legislation at E&C Health Subcommittee Hearing


At an Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) highlighted his recently released bipartisan draft legislation to reform the outdated over-the-counter (OTC) monograph system. The draft, the Over-the-Counter Monograph Safety, Innovation, and Reform Act, would modernize the monograph framework to allow the FDA to make scientific determinations for OTC ingredients through an administrative order process, an approach closer to new drug application procedures. The health hearing was entitled, “Modernizing FDA’s Regulation of Over-the-Counter Drugs,” and witnesses included health care advocates, industry professionals, and Dr. Janet Woodcock, Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration.

Latta remarked, “Over-the-counter medicines are in nearly every household across our nation; yet despite widespread utilization, the system in place to regulate these drugs has been outdated for decades. It’s time to move toward a more flexible framework that will spur innovation, expand consumer choice, and better address potential safety concerns. I believe the discussion draft before us today will achieve these goals and provide predictability to the drug approval process.”

Video of Latta’s statement is available here.

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Lawmakers Release Bipartisan Draft Legislation to Reform Over-the-Counter Monograph System


Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and a group of bipartisan Members of Congress have released a discussion draft of reforms to the over-the-counter (OTC) monograph system. Joining Latta in releasing the draft are Energy and Commerce Committee members Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX), Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI). The draft would modernize the monograph framework to allow the FDA to make scientific determinations for OTC ingredients through an administrative order process, an approach closer to new drug application procedures. These updates will allow new, safe products to come to market more quickly, rapidly address safety issues, and expand consumer choice.
“The outdated OTC monograph system stifles innovation and harms consumer confidence,” said Latta. “Moving to a more flexible system that uses new information and scientific advancements ultimately means more certainty for manufacturers and better products for consumers. Working in a bipartisan manner, we’ve released this draft legislation that adds predictability to the monograph process and would create a more robust over-the-counter marketplace.”
“This bipartisan initiative is a victory for patients and consumers,” said Burgess. “The current over-the-counter monograph system is outdated and deters updates and innovations to over-the-counter medications. This bill will allow for meaningful modifications to the monograph that will equip manufacturers to continue to deliver high-quality products to consumers. We must continue to strive to do more to reform approval processes at the FDA and subsequently increase access to care.”
“Americans utilize over-the-counter products dozens of time every day” said Green. “The FDA’s regulatory framework for oversight of most over-the-counter products has not been updated for decades and is widely regarded as flawed. The current system is unable to keep pace with scientific discovery or respond quickly to safety concerns. We have been working in a bipartisan manner with the FDA and stakeholders to create a more flexible, modern process and give the FDA the resources is needs to respond to new drugs and keep patients safe. This draft is the next step in that process, and we will continue to work across the aisle   to advance this important issue.“
“Virtually every American uses over-the-counter medications to treat headaches, colds, and other common ailments,” said DeGette. “The market for these products has grown substantially and the science has advanced, but the system for reviewing them remains outdated. It’s virtually impossible for the FDA to respond to safety risks promptly, which needlessly puts consumers in harm’s way. Our bipartisan bill will give the FDA new tools to protect consumers, provide badly-needed resources, and streamline the FDA review process.”
“As our medical and pharmaceutical technology rapidly advances, we must ensure that the FDA keeps up with innovations in over-the-counter drugs,” said Guthrie. “I was proud to join Rep. Latta and other members of the Energy and Commerce Committee to introduce this bipartisan legislation that will give the FDA more flexibility to help get new medicines to Americans faster.”

“Our over-the-counter drug system has been broken for years,” said Dingell. “New and innovative products do not have a consistent or reliable pathway to market, which ultimately hurts patients. I’m pleased to be working with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner on draft legislation to reform this broken system so we can ensure these products get to the patients who need them.”
The OTC monograph system was established in 1972 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to review the safety and efficacy of the OTC medicine ingredients then on the market, including doses, formulations, and labeling. Any OTC that conforms to a monograph may be manufactured and sold without an individual product approval. In the 45 years since the system was created, the process has not been completed and movement on unfinished items has been slow. The system has become a hindrance that does not allow for advances in science and new information concerning the safety of an ingredient.
The draft legislation updates the monograph process by specifically adding a new section to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to:
•    Move away from the cumbersome current monograph finalization process to an administrative order procedure. Additional processes will be in place to ensure recourse should issues arise.
•    Create new pathways to innovation for monograph products benefiting consumers, where none currently exits.
•    Ensure the new drug approval pathway and other nonprescription drugs otherwise lawfully marketed are not affected.
•    Include by reference existing OTC Review Final Monographs and deem final Tentative Final Monographs by statute.
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Latta Statement on the Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
“We all remember where we were on that fateful day sixteen years ago when our nation came under attack. What the terrorists didn’t expect, however, was the strength and resolve that the American people possess. We witnessed countless acts of heroism on that day including first responders rushing into burning buildings and airline passengers storming the cockpit to prevent even more destruction. In the aftermath, rescue workers sifted through the rubble to the point of exhaustion to try to save any life they could. As a nation we pulled together to comfort each other. Out of our darkest day, came one of our country’s finest hours.

“As the years tick by, and we get further away from September 11, 2001, it becomes even more important that we keep that day and the aftermath fresh in our minds. We remember and pray for the lives lost. We remember the brave men and women who have answered the call to protect our nation and keep us safe. We remember the collective feeling of patriotism and unity that was felt across the United States.”

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Latta Anti-Terrorism Amendment Added to House Funding Bill


An anti-terrorism amendment proposed by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has been added to a House appropriations bill, H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, that will be voted on this week. The provision allows the Department of Homeland Security to use existing funds to partner with rental car agencies for the purpose of strengthening background checks to guard against potential terrorist attacks. In recent European terror attacks, perpetrators have rented large trucks and vans and driven them into crowded areas, killing innocent people. A number of the suspects had previous known ties to terrorism by European authorities. Countries in Europe are already implementing background checks on those renting large vehicles.
“We shouldn’t wait for terror groups to use their most recent modus operandi in the United States before reacting,” said Latta. “By being proactive, we can give rental agencies the tools they need to ensure that large trucks and vans don’t fall into the hands of terrorists that wish inflict harm on the American people. While we haven’t experienced a large scale vehicle attack like we’ve seen in Nice, Barcelona, or London, it’s reasonable to think that the tactics of these terror groups will be used here in the U.S. sooner rather than later.”

The amendment was approved by the House ‘En Bloc’ with several other amendments. Latta spoke in favor of the amendment on the House floor. Video is available here.

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Latta Introduces Pro-Life Amendment to Appropriations Legislation


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) introduced an amendment to a U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Bill that would protect the life of unborn children diagnosed with Down syndrome. The amendment would prohibit federal funding to international organizations that promote or perform abortions for the sole reason of a Down syndrome diagnosis. A recent CBS News article highlighted that nearly 100% of Down syndrome diagnoses of unborn children in Iceland leads to them being aborted.
While the amendment was not ruled in order to H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, due to House procedural rules, Congressman Latta intends to introduce related legislation that would prohibit domestic abortion providers to conduct an abortion solely based on a Down syndrome diagnosis.
“Children and adults with Down syndrome are valued members of our society,” said Latta. “Many live independently, work, and attend school. Targeting babies based on a disability is shameful, discriminatory, and inhumane. Every life is precious and must be protected.” Read More

Landmark Latta-authored Self-Driving Car Legislation Approved by House


Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved landmark self-driving car legislation authored by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), the SELF DRIVE Act, with unanimous support. The legislation, H.R. 3388, is the first bill passed at the federal level to address self-driving technology. The SELF DRIVE Act aims to improve consumer safety by reducing traffic-related fatalities and injuries, clarify the federal and state roles, and stimulate job growth and economic opportunities. Latta serves as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, which oversees self-driving cars, and he has toured facilities in both Ohio and Michigan that are testing this technology.
“The passage of the SELF DRIVE Act is an important milestone in the development, testing, and deployment of self-driving cars,” said Latta. “Autonomous vehicle technology has the possibility to reduce deaths on our nation’s roadways by the tens of thousands, and accidents by the millions. At the same time, seniors and those living with disabilities would find their mobility greatly increased by self-driving cars. Today’s passage of this legislation is the result of countless meetings, discussions, and hearings where stakeholders, federal officials, and Members of Congress shared their perspectives. Our region is leading the way in the development of this technology with sites like the Transportation Research Center right in our backyard. With the number of auto part manufacturers in Ohio, self-driving cars will be a job creator and economic driver for years to come.”

Video of Congressman Latta discussing the legislation on the floor is available here.

It’s estimated that there were more than 40,000 deaths in 2016 due to traffic accidents in the United States. There were also more than 2 million injuries resulting from 6 million accidents nationwide — 94% of which are due to human error. Self-driving car technology has the potential to greatly reduce the prevalence of these accidents and make the nation’s roadways safer. Read Congressman Latta’s op-ed from earlier this year on the emerging technology.
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Latta Speaks on Amendment Protecting 2nd Amendment Rights

2017-09-14 19:03:27

Latta Highlights Over-the-Counter Monograph Reform at E&C Health Hearing

2017-09-13 19:43:16

Latta: Give DHS Ability to Prevent Van Terror Attacks

2017-09-07 14:04:55

Latta: SELF DRIVE Act Will Save Lives, Improve Mobility

2017-09-06 16:18:38

Latta Opening Statement on Self-Driving Cars

2017-07-27 21:42:37

Latta Opening Statement on Self-Driving Car Legislation

2017-07-19 20:42:50

Latta Discusses Increasing Broadband Access in Rural America

2017-06-21 17:07:59

Latta: Ohio Becoming an E-Commerce Hub

2017-05-23 16:07:38

Latta Questions Witnesses on IoT, Cybersecurity

2017-04-05 17:13:39

Latta Questions Witnesses on Cybersecurity Threats to Grid Infrastructure

2017-02-01 22:43:48

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

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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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