Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a legislative hearing on the Advanced Nuclear Technology Development Act of 2016 (H.R. 4979), bipartisan legislation which Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) recently introduced.
“The future of the nuclear industry needs to start now, with Congress ensuring that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is able to provide the certainty that the private sector needs to invest in innovative technologies,” said Latta. “As the United States looks to the future, more energy will be needed and nuclear power provides a reliable, clean baseload power option. Investment in new technologies is already happening, with approximately 50 companies in this country working to develop the next generation of nuclear power.”
“We have introduced H.R. 4979 because it is time for Congress to ensure that NRC provides a framework so that innovators and investors can prepare to apply for licensing technologies. I am pleased that we held this hearing and I look forward to moving toward passage of this legislation.”Read More
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) will recognize and congratulate seven students from Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District on their acceptance to one of the U.S. Military Service Academies at an event on Sunday in Bowling Green. The students were nominated by Congressman Latta and have received offers of appointment for the Class of 2020 at their respective schools.
The following are the students who will be recognized:
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Andrew Hammond, Van Wert, Van Wert High School
Trey Smith, Delphos, Delphos Jefferson High School
U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York
Alexander Dolan, Bryan, Bryan High School
Adam Hug, Bryan, Bryan High School
Thomas Koizumi, Findlay, Liberty-Benton High School
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
James Reneau, Jr., Findlay, Findlay High School
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, King’s Point, New York
Collin Keil, Whitehouse, Anthony Wayne High School
*Media is invited to attend the event. Details include the following:
WHO: Congressman Bob Latta and U.S. Military Service Academy Appointees
WHAT: U.S. Military Service Academy Appointment Reception
WHEN: Sunday, May 1, at 1 p.m.
WHERE: Bowling Green Parks, Simpson Meeting Room, 1291 Conneaut Avenue, Bowling Green, OhioRead More
Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce passed legislation introduced by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Ohio), Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
“My bill, H.R. 2593, would reform the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision-making process to hold the agency more accountable and increase transparency,” said Latta. “Specifically, the bill would require the FCC to identify and describe on its website all items to be adopted by the Commission staff on delegated authority 48 hours prior to action being taken, if those items are given a delegated authority identification number. While most of the decisions made on delegated authority are routine and minor, there are isolated incidents where the use of such authority is abused as a way to get around having the necessary votes on an item. My bill will capture those occurrences and increase public awareness of the agency’s day-to-day decisions.”
In addition, FCC Commissioner O’Rielly offered a statement in support of H.R. 2593.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today voted in favor of H.J. Res. 88, a joint resolution utilizing the Congressional Review Act to disapprove and nullify the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule relating to the definition of the term “fiduciary” and the conflict of interest rule with respect to retirement investment advice:
“For months, the Department of Labor has worked in secret to put the finishing touches on this rule, which has been referred to as the Obamacare for financial planning. This one-size-fits-all regulation will restrict access to quality investment advice for millions of Americans with IRAs and increase costs for those individuals seeking financial advice,” said Congressman Latta. “Both Republicans and Democrats agree that a standard should be defined to ensure retirement advisors act in their clients’ best interests. Unfortunately, this final rule as it is currently written would result in unintended consequences that will have a negative impact on our economy. I applaud my colleagues for passing this joint resolution and will continue to work with them to offer an alternative standard that would require advisors to serve their clients’ best interests and maintain access to quality financial advice.”
In addition to cosponsoring and supporting H.J. Res. 88, Congressman Latta is also a cosponsor of H.R. 4293, the Affordable Retirement Advice Protection Act, and H.R. 4294, the Strengthening Access to Valuable Education and Retirement Support Act. These two pieces of legislation would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code, respectively, to allow for Congress to review and vote on the Department of Labor’s final rule. If Congress votes to disapprove of the rule, this legislation would then offer an alternative standard to ensure that retirement investors receive advice in their best interests.
This week, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Ohio), a Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, joined his colleagues in approving twelve bills addressing the nation’s opioid and drug abuse epidemic.
“All across America, individuals are becoming addicted to opioids and it’s not just destroying the addict, but their families and communities as well,” said Latta. “In 2014 in Ohio, 2,531 lives were lost due to unintentional drug overdoses. Ohio has one of the nation’s most comprehensive approaches to tackling this crisis; however, the issue persists and more needs to be done. That is why I am encouraged by the committee’s actions to recognize and combat this epidemic as a public health issue and address it at a federal level.”
Congressman Latta voted in support of the following bipartisan bills, which were all reported out of committee and are expected to come to the House floor early next month:
Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce voted to advance H.R. 5050, the Pipeline Safety Act of 2016, after adopting a bipartisan provision sponsored by Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) as part of the Chairman’s manager’s amendment.
The provision calls for a study by the Transportation Research Board on propane distribution systems. The study focuses on best practices relating to the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of these systems and calls for recommendations to enhance safety and coordination between federal and state regulations to ensure that safety can remain the highest priority.
“In the winter of 2013-2014 the United States experienced a devastating propane shortage across the country. As Chairman of the Congressional Propane Caucus, I have and will continue to work to ensure that we have accurate data and information that promote best practices relating to all aspects of getting propane to market,” said Latta.
Today, during a markup before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted in support of H.R. 1818, the Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act. The legislation now awaits a vote by the U.S. House of Representatives:
“As more and more of our service men and women return home and re-enter civilian life, it is important more than ever that they are given opportunities to succeed. The unemployment rate for veterans is too high, in part because of barriers that are in place that block them from utilizing the skills and knowledge they have achieved during their military service in the civilian workforce,” said Congressman Latta. “At the same time, I have been hearing from my constituents about the shortage of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in Ohio. I believe this commonsense legislation would both remove roadblocks to the employment of these brave men and women and address the need for qualified EMTs. Our veterans have honored their commitments to this nation and now we must honor ours by assisting them with their transition.”
Introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and cosponsored by Congressman Latta, H.R. 1818 would direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a demonstration program for states with a shortage of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to streamline state requirements and procedures to assist veterans who completed military EMT training to meet state EMT certification, licensure, and other requirements.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) today voted in support of H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act, of which he is also a cosponsor.
Introduced by Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and passed by the House of Representatives, H.R. 699 would prohibit a third-party provider of remote computing services or electronic communication services from knowingly divulging to a government entity the contents of any communication that is in electronic storage or otherwise maintained by the provider, subject to exceptions. The government would be required to obtain a warrant from a court before requiring third-party providers to disclose the content of such communications regardless of how the communication has been held in electronic storage by an electronic communication service or whether the information is sought from an electronic communication service or a remote computing service:
“Technology has changed dramatically since the last time digital communication privacy laws were updated in 1986,” said Latta. “This legislation will modernize these outdated laws to ensure they keep up with the evolving technology and to provide courts with clarity over the legal standards for releasing emails and other electronic communications. I believe the federal government can and must play a role in upholding the Fourth Amendment and guarding against government intrusion into our personal lives.”
On Saturday, April 23, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) announced Delaney McQuown, a junior from Upper Sandusky High School in Wyandot County, as the winner of Ohio’s Fifth District 2016 Congressional Art Competition.
In a ceremony at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, Fisher/Wall Gallery, Latta honored Ms. McQuown and three other students for their winning art pieces. Ms. McQuown’s original photography artwork entitled “Freckled Jungle” will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Tunnel for one year.
“I congratulate Delaney for her creativity and artistic talent, and I look forward to seeing her artwork displayed in the tunnel of the U.S. Capitol,” said Congressman Latta. “I’d also like to thank all of our students who participated in this year’s Congressional Art Competition and applaud them for such outstanding work.”
The following students received Honorable Mention awards for their artwork:
The three Honorable Mention winners will have their artwork displayed in one of Congressman Latta’s congressional offices for the year. There were 68 high school students, representing 18 high schools that participated in the competition. Members of the University of Findlay’s art department judged the artwork.
Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nation-wide high school art competition to recognize the artistic talents of the nation’s youth. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 and has had more than 650,000 high school students participate in the competition.
This week, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted in favor of several pieces of legislation to ensure the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is putting the best interests of American taxpayers ahead of any political or agency agenda:
“Over the past few years, the IRS has become the face of government incompetence and corruption. In the aftermath of the scandal that revealed the targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, it is imperative that Congress restore oversight of the tax collecting agency and ensure that its employees are responsible stewards of taxpayers’ hard-earned money,” said Congressman Latta. “I supported these bills because I believe the IRS should be servicing customers first, instead of giving out bonuses and hiring unqualified workers, so that tax refunds may be issued in a timely manner. Tax dollars do not belong to the federal government to use as it pleases – they belong to the American taxpayer, and thus should be used responsibly.”
On April 20, 2016, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1206, the No Hires for the Delinquent IRS Act, and H.R. 4885, the IRS Oversight While Eliminating Spending (OWES) Act. H.R. 1206 would prohibit the IRS from hiring new employees until it publicly certifies that the agency does not employ any individual who has a seriously delinquent tax debt. H.R. 4885 would require the IRS to deposit fees in the Treasury Department’s general fund and prohibit the expenditure of such fees unless Congress appropriates it.
Today, the House passed H.R. 3724, the Ensuring Integrity in the IRS Workforce Act, and H.R. 4890. H.R. 3724 would prohibit the IRS from rehiring any individual who was previously employed by the IRS but was removed for misconduct or whose employment was terminated for cause. Finally, H.R. 4890 would prohibit the payment of bonuses to employees of the IRS until the Treasury Department develops and implements a comprehensive customer service strategy to improve customer service over the short-, medium-, and long-term.
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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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Pleased to pass out of @HouseCommerce 12 bills addressing the nation’s opioid and drug abuse epidemic.
It’s time for Congress to ensure that the NRC provides a regulatory framework so that innovators and investors can develop new technologies.
Yesterday, it was a privilege to present my friend Robert Shank with a flag flown over the United States Capitol and a certificate in recognition
America has been facing an opioid and drug abuse crisis for years. In 2014 in Ohio, 2,531 lives were lost due to unintentional drug overdoses.
Today, my bill, H.R. 2593, passed out of House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The bill increases transparency and accountability at the Federal
For months, the Department of Labor (DOL) has worked in secret to put the finishing touches on its proposed rule relating to the definition of