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Northwest Ohio Students to Showcase Culinary and Hospitality Talents During the French Ambassador's Visit


Students from Owens Community College's Culinary Arts Program and the University of Findlay's Hospitality Management Program will showcase their talents by preparing and serving a luncheon for French Ambassador Francois Delattre during his visit to Northwest Ohio on Wednesday, April 23. During the visit, which is organized by Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), Co-Chairman of the Congressional French Caucus, the Ambassador will also meet with local business leaders to discuss economic relations, deliver an address at the University of Findlay, and visit the Toledo Museum of Art’s new exhibit, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden.

“It is an honor to host Ambassador Delattre in Northwest Ohio,” said Latta. “During the Ambassador's visit, we will showcase all that our area has to offer and demonstrate France’s economic ties to Northwest Ohio. In addition, it is an excellent opportunity for us to highlight the wealth of talent we have in our area, as our students put their skills to work by preparing and serving a meal fit for a foreign dignitary."

“The University of Findlay embraces professional, cultural and intellectual diversity and is honored to host His Excellency Delattre on campus,” said Katherine Fell, Ph.D., president of the University of Findlay. “Findlay's hospitality management students will have a unique experiential learning opportunity through their involvement behind the scenes of a formal event, and our entire campus community will be enriched through learning from what the Ambassador shares in his public address.”

“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the talents of our Culinary Arts program to Ambassador Delattre,” said Mike Bower, Ph.D., president of Owens Community College. “Faculty and staff have been training students in our new Culinary Arts Center, and I am pleased the Ambassador will be able to experience the results of the skills and training of those students.”

The luncheon will feature traditional French cuisine with highlights including Salade Nicoise with Tarragon Vinaigrette, House-Made Baguettes, and Poached Pear and Frangipane Tarts. Hors d'oeuvres of French Cheeses, House-Made Charcuterie with an Olive Trio, Chilled Mussels, and Crostini of Tenderloin Carpaccio with Capers will also be served.

Media are invited to attend the Ambassador’s visits to the University of Findlay and the Toledo Museum of Art, but must RSVP to Sarah Criser by Monday, April 21. Details include the following, but times are subject to change.

University of Findlay

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta and French Ambassador Francois Delattre

WHAT: Address at the University of Findlay

WHEN: Wednesday, April 23, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. 

WHERE: Winebrenner Theological Seminary Auditorium, University of Findlay, 950 North Main St, Findlay, Ohio

Toledo Museum of Art 

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta and French Ambassador Francois Delattre

WHAT: Toledo Museum of Art Tour, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden Exhibit

WHEN: Wednesday, April 23, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Canaday Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo, Ohio


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Latta Votes to Protect American Workforce


Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today released the following statement in support of H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers (SAW) Act, which the House passed today. The legislation would reinstate the definition of full-time employment to 40 hours, ultimately protecting jobs and ensuring that the American workforce is not pushed to part-time as employers determine how to pay for the significant cost increases of providing healthcare coverage under Obamacare.

“Today, the House took an important step to ensuring hardworking Americans do not lose hours or their jobs as a result of the President’s signature law,” said Latta. “The 30-hour rule included in Obamacare forces employers to fundamentally alter their employee’s work schedule by cutting hours and shifting a larger proportion of their workforce to part-time. It could also draw workers away from certain industries, like the food service industry, where workers rely on the flexibility to build a work schedule that meets their needs – whether taking on extra shifts or working around a class schedule. By aligning the definition of full-time employment to the traditional industry standard, the House has taken action to reform the President’s health care law and mitigate obstacles to American workers and businesses, and I urge the Senate to do the same.”

Under Obamacare, a 30-hour workweek is considered full-time, triggering the employer mandate. This rule puts 2.6 million lower income workers, those with a median income of less than $30,000, at risk of losing their jobs or hours. One-half of small businesses have stated that they plan to either cut hours to reduce full-time employees or replace full-time employees with part-time employees to avoid these significant cost increases. Industries that employ lower skill workers or a large number of entry-level positions will also be hardest hit under Obamacare’s 30-hour rule, as 89 percent of impacted workers do not have a college degree.


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Latta to Host French Ambassador Francois Delattre in Ohio’s Fifth District


Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) will host French Ambassador to the United States Francois Delattre in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District on Wednesday, April 23. During his visit, the Ambassador will meet with local businesses and companies to discuss economic relations, will deliver an economic address at the University of Findlay, and will visit the Toledo Museum of Art’s new exhibit, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden.

“It is an honor to host Ambassador Delattre in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District,” said Latta. “During his visit, we will not only showcase all that our area has to offer, but also demonstrate France’s economic ties to Northwest Ohio.”

Media are invited to attend the Ambassador’s visits to the University of Findlay and the Toledo Museum of Art, but must RSVP to Sarah Criser by Monday, April 21. Details include the following, but times are subject to change.

University of Findlay

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta and French Ambassador Francois Delattre

WHAT: Economic Address at the University of Findlay

WHEN: Wednesday, April 23, 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. 

WHERE: Winebrenner Theological Seminary Auditorium, University of Findlay, 950 North Main St, Findlay, Ohio

Toledo Museum of Art

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta and French Ambassador Francois Delattre

WHAT: Toledo Museum of Art Tour, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden Exhibit

WHEN: Wednesday, April 23, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Canaday Gallery, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St., Toledo, Ohio


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Latta: Unnecessary EPA Regulations Harm Real American Businesses and Families


At an Energy and Commerce Committee joint hearing between the Subcommittees on Energy and Power and Environment and the Economy, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy regarding the unnecessary and over burdensome regulations imposed by the EPA on businesses and their impacts on Americans throughout the country. 

“The EPA has imposed excessive regulations on American businesses, especially in the manufacturing sector, making it harder for them to expand and hire,” said Latta. “This unnecessary red tape is harming real American businesses and families with tidal wave effects throughout our nation’s economy. It’s time for the EPA to refocus its efforts on implementing standards that are reasonable and allow American ingenuity to thrive.”


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Congressmen Latta and Welch Issue Rural Call Completion Resolution


Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT), Co-Chairmen of the Rural Telecommunications Working Group, today introduced a bipartisan resolution that outlines steps the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can take to improve telephone service in rural areas.

“Uncompleted calls to rural areas continue to be a problem for many of the constituents we represent,” said Latta and Welch. “While the FCC is taking action to pursue those entities responsible, this bipartisan resolution highlights the lingering prevalence of the problem and emphasizes the need for sustained efforts by the Commission to aggressively pursue those who violate call completion rules. We must protect the communications needs of our rural economies, public safety officials, families and all others residing in rural areas who depend on and deserve reliable telephone service.”

Reliable telephone service is vital to keeping rural parts of the United States competitive in the national economy. One of the main causes of poor rural call completion stems from retail long-distance providers’ increasing use of third parties to deliver calls to rural areas at reduced rates. 

Latta and Welch’s resolution expresses a sense of Congress that telephone service must be improved in rural areas of the country. It states that no entity should unreasonably discriminate against telephone users in these areas. It also encourages the FCC to aggressively pursue entities that violate FCC call completion rules and contribute to poor quality telecommunications service in rural areas.


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Reminder: Congressional Art Competition Deadline is April 2


The deadline for high school students to submit their original artwork in the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, hosted by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), is Wednesday, April 2.

“The Congressional Art Competition is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase the wealth of artistic talent in Ohio’s Fifth District,” said Latta. “I encourage all high school students to submit their artwork this year and look forward to seeing our district’s artwork on display in the United States Capitol.”

All submitted artwork will be on display at the Dudley and Mary Marks Lea Gallery in the University of Findlay's Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion from April 25 through May 3. The winners of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition will be announced at a reception held in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion on Saturday, May 3. The overall winner will have their artwork displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol, alongside the artwork from other nationwide contestants. In addition, three honorable mentions will also be announced and displayed in Congressman Latta's district offices.

Each student is allowed one entry. Eligible artwork includes the following:

•           Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.

•           Drawings: pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers

•           Collage: must be two dimensional

•           Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints

•           Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums, such as pencil, ink, etc.

•           Computer generated art

•           Photography

Applicants can drop off their application and artwork at one of the following district offices before Wednesday, April 2:

•           Bowling Green – 1045 N. Main Street, Suite 6, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402

•           Defiance – 101 Clinton Street, Suite 1200, Defiance, Ohio 43512

•           Findlay – 318 Dorney Plaza, Room 302, Findlay, Ohio 45840

District staff is also available to pick up artwork from students. To arrange a pick-up time, contact the Defiance office at (419) 782-1996.

For more information about the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, click here. Additional rules and guidelines can also be found here.


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Reps. Latta and Matsui Joint Statement on FCC's 5 GHz Band Announcement


Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, today issued the following joint statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced it is moving forward on the 5 GHz band:

"We are pleased that the FCC has demonstrated its commitment to the 5 GHz spectrum band, allowing flexibility for America's innovators to tap into unlicensed spectrum and begin the development of next generation Wi-Fi devices and technologies.”

"Now it is time that the FCC turn its attention to the rest of the 5 GHz band to unleash even more unlicensed spectrum for consumers and innovators. We support current efforts by the U.S. technology and auto industries to find a workable solution to the remainder of the 5 GHz spectrum band. We encourage all stakeholders to work diligently to find a middle ground that will spur American innovation and improve car safety, and we will continue to work with our colleagues, relevant agencies and stakeholders to help move the ball forward."


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Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Passes STELA Reauthorization with Latta Provision


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today released the following statement after the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee passed the reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) to ensure more than one million households across the country do not face a disruption or loss in their satellite television service. The legislation also included a provision sponsored by Congressman Latta to eliminate the integration ban regulation on leased set-top boxes.

“I am pleased that the Communications and Technology Subcommittee passed legislation reauthorizing STELA, which included my provision eliminating the integration ban that has resulted in more than $1 billion in costs for consumers and businesses,” said Latta. “This marks a critical step forward in protecting satellite television subscribers’ access to broadcast TV and advances the removal of regulatory barriers currently in place that impede investment, innovation and consumer choice in the video industry. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to advance this legislation out of the full committee and to identify other areas where we can better align this country’s laws with the 21st century communications marketplace.”

The STELA reauthorization extends the provisions in the Communications Act that allow satellite providers to offer these distant signals for five years. It also eliminates the sweeps week prohibition on signal changes. In addition, it includes Congressman Latta’s provision from H.R. 3196, eliminating the section of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules that require CableCARDs in leased set-top boxes. This provision will give cable companies more set-top box flexibility, allowing the FCC to use other means to regulate the set-top box marketplace.

At the end of 2014, the provisions that allow satellite providers to transmit distant signals to 1.5 million unserved households will expire, unless Congress reauthorizes these provisions. Distant signals are used to serve subscribers in markets where satellite providers do not offer local programming and in unserved parts of the country where one of the four national broadcast networks does not have an over-the-air affiliate.

VIDEO: Congressman Latta’s Opening Remarks Before the Communications and Technology Subcommittee 


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Latta Responds to FCC's Telephone Service Rate Increases for Rural Customers


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today issued the following statement regarding the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) reforms to  the Universal Service Fund, which will increase telephone service rates for customers in rural areas, like Ohio's Fifth Congressional District: 

"As Co-Chairman of the Rural Telecom Working Group, I am extremely concerned about the impact increased universal service rates will have on my constituents in Ohio's Fifth Congressional District and across rural America," said Latta. "This will only exacerbate the challenges this population already faces in obtaining quality telecommunications services and potentially threatens critical gains made in expanding access to advanced technological services for those living and working in these areas. The FCC should take immediate steps to address this issue and ensure it implements policies that actually support and advance the goal of the universal service fund rather than thwart it."


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Latta Leads Letter to EPA, NHTSA Regarding Impact of Fuel Economy Standards on Trucking Industry


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) yesterday led a bipartisan letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Acting Administrator David Friedman, requesting that they consider the trucking industry’s role in job creation and economic growth when drafting the proposed second phase of fuel economy and greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.

“One in every fifteen Ohioans are employed by the trucking industry, which moves more than 85 percent of all manufactured freight in Ohio,” said Latta. “The trucking industry’s significant economic impacts in Ohio and throughout the nation must be taken into account as these agencies draft and implement new standards, so they do not unnecessarily harm the industry’s ability to grow and hire.”

The letter asks that the agencies examine how the current standards are affecting the trucking industry and consumers, while also taking them into account when proceeding on new standards. In addition, the letter asks that new standards be written in a manner that can be achieved using economically and commercially viable technology and be based on available and sound science. 


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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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