Bob Latta

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Latta on Passing of Clyde Shull

2015/08/25

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement regarding the passing of Clyde Shull of Upper Sandusky: 

“Mr. Shull dedicated his life to the service of his country. From his heroism on the shores of Normandy, to his advocacy for fellow veterans in Wyandot County, Mr. Shull exemplified his generation and their commitment to protect the freedoms that define America. As we mourn the loss of such a great member of our community, we commemorate the long and distinguished life he led.”

About Mr. Shull

Mr. Shull was drafted into the military on February 9, 1942, and was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. His service was the only time he had lived outside of what is today’s Fifth Congressional District of Ohio. He served in the Ninth Infantry Division, 34th Field Artillery Battalion – one of the first to go onshore in North Africa.

During the D-Day invasion, Mr. Shull landed on Utah Beach, from where he fought through France, Belgium and Germany. His division participated in eight major battles throughout the war. 

For his service in France, Mr. Shull was awarded the French Legion of Honor. The award is the highest accolade given by the French government.  

Mr. Shull was honorably discharged on June 21, 1945, and remained active in the veterans community ever since. He held many positions in American Legion Post 225, including Commander and Finance Officer. He also served for 40 years on the Post’s Honor Guard, and the Wyandot County Veteran Service Commission, of which he was selected and appointed in August 1985.

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Latta, Daniels Tour 5th District Agriculture Operations

2015/08/25

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) and Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels toured agricultural sites across Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District, which Latta represents. It is one of the largest agricultural districts in the state, and the top producer of soybeans, corn and wheat.

“We have thousands of farms across our district, and the overly wet season this year had far reaching impacts on our farmers, and the businesses that supply them,” said Latta. “It was important for me to meet with these farmers, and I am very glad Director Daniels once again came out to travel across the District with me to hear their concerns.”

“The agricultural community will continue to be a driving force in our economy, creating jobs, and providing families across the country with a safe, reliable food source. Supporting the industry is essential to the growth of our district, and I will continue my work to promote the policies that ensure their future success.”

“We often talk about how food and agriculture is the number-one industry in the state.  Tours like this are important because they remind us how the work of each individual farmer contributes to that figure,” said Director Daniels. “I always enjoy the opportunity to tour this district with Congressman Latta. I thank him for the opportunity to meet and learn about the work these farmers and agribusinesses are doing.”

Stops on the tour included:
Planson Farms, Stryker
Archbold Equipment, Archbold
Sunnyville Dairy Farm, Deshler
Like Farm, Hamler

For photos, please visit our Facebook page.

 

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Latta on Planned Parenthood Allegations

2015/08/22

"I am disgusted over the series of 7 undercover videos that have been released over the past few months showing top Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of fetal body parts, and altering abortion procedures. The act of abortion is egregious enough, but to alter procedures to procure and then sell organs from the intentional destruction of unborn children is absolutely appalling.  Every unborn life is sacred, and should be protected.

In light of these allegations, I’ve joined many of my colleagues to begin to address this horrific situation. Immediately following the release of the first video, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which I am a member, and the Judiciary Committee launched investigations into these allegations. I applaud these investigations, and joined with over 120 of my colleagues in signing a letter of support.

Additionally, I have signed two letters calling on U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate this matter and appoint an independent counsel to investigate the actions of Planned Parenthood.

In the past I have voted to defund Planned Parenthood – unfortunately, it did not become law. I will continue to monitor the actions of Planned Parenthood, and work to promote policies that ensure the protection of the unborn."

More:

Latta Cosponsors H.R. 3134, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015: (LINK)

Letter to U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Upton, Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte upon the announcement of investigation of Planned Parenthood actions: (LINK)

Letter to Department of Justice requesting an immediate and thorough investigation into the practices of Planned Parenthood regarding the sale of fetal body parts: (LINK)

Letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch asking that the Department of Justice appoint an independent counsel to investigate the actions of Planned Parenthood: (LINK)

Latta Cosponsors H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Act, which prevents abortions at 20 weeks – the time in which an unborn child can feel pain: (LINK)

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Latta Tours Farms in Van Wert, Paulding, Putnam Counties

2015/08/22

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement following a tour of farms in Van Wert, Paulding and Putnam Counties:

“Ohio’s farms have suffered through an overly difficult year from an over abundance of rain, and it was important for me to meet with those who have been affected by these unfavorable conditions. The agricultural community plays an enormous role in our region. With over 10,000 farms in the Fifth District, they are one of the driving forces in our economy, creating the jobs that support our communities, and providing the nation with a reliable food source. I will continue to work with our farmers, and continue my efforts to help the industry thrive.”

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Latta Statement on EPA Proposed Methane Standards

2015/08/18

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed methane emissions standards for the oil and gas sector:

“Today’s EPA rule proposal is a solution in search of a problem. The EPA has already identified that ‘voluntary reductions’ by the industry have led to a dramatic decline in methane emissions.  According to the Agency’s own research, methane emissions from natural gas production have dropped 38% percent since 2005, while production of shale gas has increased by 26% over the same time. U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz has also stated the industry is already addressing methane emissions through green completion techniques that capture methane for economic benefit. The proposed rule is duplicative, and serves as another example of how this administration is using the EPA to target specific industries with costly, unnecessary regulations in an attempt to build a political legacy. The development of our natural gas resources across the country has generated hundreds of thousands of jobs, billions of dollars in investments, and provided the opportunity for this country to have the energy security we’ve sought for decades. Additional unnecessary regulations like those proposed today will only further weaken the country’s competitiveness in the global energy market, discourage future investment, and stifle further economic growth.” 

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Latta Drinking Water Protection Legislation Signed Into Law

2015/08/11

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement regarding the President signing into law The Drinking Water Protection Act, legislation Rep. Latta authored and introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The law amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide for the assessment and management of the risk of algal toxins in drinking water. 

“The Drinking Water Protection Act, now signed into law by the President, is a major step in addressing the crisis Ohioans faced last year when microcystin contaminated public drinking water, leaving nearly 500,000 residents unable to safely use their water. As algal toxins continue to be a growing threat to public drinking water - not just in Ohio, but across the country - I authored this bill in order to begin addressing this problem. H.R. 212, passed the House and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support. The law is designed to better understand and further mitigate harmful algal toxins in the Great Lakes and other surface water. It guarantees that the proper short and long-term focus is on scientific understanding and mitigation efforts. Within 90 days, the EPA has to put forth a strategic plan for assessing and managing risks associated with algal toxins in public drinking water. Millions of Ohioans rely on these resources for their drinking water supply, and it is imperative that we take action in order to ensure their public health and safety.”

Summary: The Drinking Water Protection Act (LINK)

Congressman Latta on House Passage of H.R. 212 (VIDEO)

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Congressman Latta Applauds Senate Support of H.R. 212

2015/08/05

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage of H.R. 212, The Drinking Water Protection Act, legislation he first introduced in response to the water emergency in Toledo last August.

“The health of Ohio’s bodies of water is vital to our region, as millions of people rely on them for drinking water. This bipartisan legislation is a major step to better understand and further mitigate harmful algal toxins in the drinking water provided by the Great Lakes and surface water,” said Rep. Latta. “This legislation – developed through input from the States, as well as academic and scientific communities – will help ensure the protection of public health and safety, and the preservation of one of our greatest national gifts, Lake Erie. I applaud my colleagues for supporting this legislation in its passage in the Senate, and look forward to the President signing this important bill into law.”

More:

H.R. 212 – Summary (LINK)

Congressman Latta on House Passage of H.R. 212 (VIDEO)

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Congressman Latta Statement on EPA Emissions Rule

2015/08/03

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Power Plan” rule announced today:

“Despite the lofty rhetoric we heard at this afternoon’s press conference, these new rules are more about this President looking to build a legacy than build a better future. The rules, released under the guise of ‘Climate Change prevention’, will directly impact hardworking families all across Ohio with job losses, and increased energy costs – dramatic increases in some cases.  It will stifle economic growth, jeopardize our grid reliability and discourage future investment in our state at a time when we are enduring the slowest economic growth period in a generation. This administration continues to target specific industries with the regulatory overreach of one of its political weapons of choice – the EPA – and it is American working families who are going to bear the burden and heavy costs. I will continue to work in Congress to ensure access to affordable and reliable energy through commonsense policies based on best practices and sound science, not political posturing.”

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Congressman Latta Votes in Support of Veteran's Legislation

2015/07/30

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) voted yesterday in support of legislation that will protect American veterans by increasing the accountability of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA), and allow for small businesses to hire more veterans with greater ease.

H.R. 3236 includes the Hire More Heroes Act, which exempts veterans enrolled in health care provided by the VA or TRICARE from being counted as part of the 50 full-time employee thresholds for purposes of the employer mandate. It also includes a provision allowing eligible Veterans who are receiving care from the VA for a service-connected disability to continue to contribute to their Health Savings Account. Additional provisions in the bill further ensure the VA receives the necessary funding in order to provide access to healthcare services in a timely fashion.

 “The Hire More Heroes Act is a commonsense, bipartisan solution that encourages small businesses to hire more of our nation’s heroes by exempting veterans from the employer mandate if they already receive health insurance through the VA or TRICARE,” said Rep. Latta. “We owe it to our brave servicemen and women to provide the greatest opportunity for prosperity we can. This legislation supports our veterans in ensuring they are well positioned to find gainful employment, and access to timely care.”

H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act of 2015, makes it easier to hold VA officials at any level accountable, and if necessary, fire them. 

“As I often hear from veterans throughout my district, it is clear that the issues within the VA continue to be systemic. We have a responsibility to uphold our promise to the men and women who have served this country, and a duty to ensure they receive quality and timely care. It is incomprehensible that it takes Act of Congress to give the VA authority to fire employees who are not performing for our veterans,” continued Latta. “I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress to make sure the mismanagement of our veterans’ care is addressed, and will continue to urge the President to more diligently focus on addressing the unacceptable environment of the VA.”

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Congressman Latta Statement on Senator Portman's Efforts to Pass Drinking Water Protection Act Through Senate

2015/07/30

Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) issued the following statement in support of Senator Rob Portman’s efforts to bring H.R. 212, The Drinking Water Protection Act, for a vote on the U.S. Senate floor.  Rep. Latta introduce H.R. 212 earlier this year in the U.S. House of Representatives, and the legislation passed with overwhelming support. These efforts were procedurally blocked by Senate Democrats, causing further delay of passage into law legislation that is vital to the protection of the drinking water sources Ohioans depend on:

“This legislation is vital to helping ensure the protection of the public health and safety of Ohioans the who rely on the Great Lakes for their drinking water. I applaud Senator Portman for his continued efforts to advance this bill in the Senate, and urge others to join us in supporting its passage. I introduced this legislation in the House of Representatives at the beginning of the year, and as Senator Portman noted, it passed through the House nearly five months ago with overwhelming bipartisan support. With some scientists predicting the possibility of severe outbreaks of algal toxins as we get further into summer, we cannot afford to waste anymore time in getting this commonsense, widely supported legislation into law.”


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Contact Information

2448 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6405
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latta.house.gov

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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