Bob Latta

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Latta Votes to Eliminate HHS Rule Prohibiting States From Redirecting Funds Away From Planned Parenthood

2017/02/16

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing legislation this afternoon that eliminates an Obama Administration rule prohibiting the redirecting of Title X funding away from Planned Parenthood to health care centers that don’t provide abortions. The bill, H.J. Res. 43, uses the Congressional Review Act to eliminate the ‘midnight rule’ from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that was finalized just two days before the end of President Obama’s second term. That regulation blocks states from diverting Title X family planning grants away from Planned Parenthood to community health centers, county health departments, or other providers.
 
“I’ll continue to support measures like H.J. Res. 43 that roll back the myriad of midnight rules put into effect at the end of the Obama Administration,” said Latta. “There are twenty community health centers for every one Planned Parenthood clinic, and states shouldn’t be stopped from directing funding to more comprehensive health care centers that don’t provide abortions. The resolution simply rolls back this HHS rule and allows states the freedom and flexibility to direct Title X funds to the health care providers of their choice.”
 
The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to remove midnight rules by allowing votes within sixty days of any rule implemented at the end of an Administration.
 
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Latta Tours VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Toledo

2017/02/13

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) visited the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Toledo this past Friday morning. Joining Congressman Latta was Acting Director of the VA’s Ann Arbor Health Care System, Dr. Mary Beth Skupien. Latta and Skupien toured the clinic, greeted veterans, and spoke with physicians. This week is National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, where the 98,000 military veterans that are cared for in VA facilities every day are honored and celebrated.
 
“Our nation’s veterans have made countless sacrifices in defense of our freedoms, and our country is forever indebted for the actions of these brave men and women. While words can’t fully express our appreciation, I was happy to share my thanks and praise with the veterans at the Toledo CBOC on Friday. I also enjoyed being able to speak with the physicians and medical staff that serve these heroes on a daily basis. National Salute to Veteran Patients Week is a reminder of all that our veterans have done along with the commitment we’ve made to honor their service.”

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Latta, McNerney Launch Grid Innovation Caucus

2017/02/03

This morning, Congressmen Bob Latta (R-OH) and Jerry McNerney (D-CA) relaunched the bipartisan Grid Innovation Caucus for the 115th Congress. The caucus will seek to discuss policy related to innovative Smart Grid technology that can reduce outages and improve the security and reliability of our nation’s electric grid.
 
“Cutting-edge Smart Grid technology will mean more reliable, efficient, and secure energy delivered to households and businesses across the country,” said Latta. “Implementing this technology, and updating our aging grid, also means less outages that are detrimental to public safety and our economy. I’m excited to join Congressman McNerney in launching the Grid Innovation Caucus to better explore this new innovation, educate our colleagues on its potential, and discuss it’s role in meeting our future energy needs.”

“Our nation’s energy infrastructure is becoming outdated, but the electricity sector and its operations are undergoing dynamic changes,” said McNerney. “We must build upon benefits to consumers while enhancing reliability and security. Modernizing the grid will allow for increased use of clean energy and will create thousands of jobs across our country. The Grid Innovation Caucus will continue serving as a forum to educate members and staff on issues related to electric transmission and distribution, and will work toward improving grid infrastructure, technology, and enhanced coordination. I look forward to working with Rep. Latta on this bipartisan issue; one that effects every aspect of our lives.”

Smart Grid refers to the use of automation and digital technology to improve efficiency, reliability, and security of the electric grid. The Smart Grid technology allows more real-time data to be used to monitor demand and meet consumer needs.

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Ozone Bill Reintroduced in 115th Congress

2017/02/02

U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) were joined today by Representatives Pete Olson (R-Texas), Bill Flores (R-Texas) and Bob Latta (R-Ohio) in reintroducing the Ozone Standards Implementation Act in the 115th Congress. This legislation, which was introduced in both the House and Senate, would update how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) addresses ozone requirements in the Clean Air Act.
 
Currently, the EPA must review national ambient air quality standards every five years. This has resulted in new ozone standards being issued before previous standards are implemented, leaving states faced with the prospect of simultaneously implementing two ozone standards. The Ozone Standards Implementation Act would elongate the time between each review from five years to 10 years, making it easier and more cost-effective for states to comply.
 
“Providing more time and flexibility for states to implement the EPA’s 2015 standards will lower regulatory costs that harm job creation in our energy, manufacturing, and chemical sectors," said Rep. Bob Latta. “While we all share the goal of clean air, this legislation alleviates the challenges that many states, including Ohio, are facing as they seek to meet the new requirements. This commonsense legislation allows us to maintain high environmental standards without placing an undue burden on our economy.”  

“In West Virginia and across the country, states have suffered job losses and economic devastation under the regulatory burdens of the previous administration. The Ozone Standards Implementation Act will provide more clarity, more regulatory certainty, and ease the economic burden of never-ending overreach,” said Senator Capito.
 
“This commonsense bill provides relief from the EPA’s burdensome ozone standard requirements and builds on the ORDEAL Act’s efforts to streamline costly agency regulations,” said Senator Flake. “Eliminating regulatory uncertainty will allow states and businesses to focus on creating jobs instead of complying with federal mandates.”
 
“I’ve always said we need to strike a balance between the environment and the economy and the Ozone Standards Implementation Act will do just that,” Senator Manchin said. “The current EPA rule is reviewed and implemented too frequently and leaves states unsure on which standards to implement, creating unnecessary confusion. This legislation also requires the EPA to consider technological feasibility when revising standards and report the impacts of foreign emissions to Congress. We must hold the EPA accountable and streamline these overreaching regulations that have been crippling West Virginia’s economy.”

"Our nation has worked hard to reduce ozone levels and improve air quality. As we continue this progress, we need to give states better tools to meet air quality goals efficiently. As we work to keep this trend moving in the right direction, this bill provides needed flexibility so that states and localities can properly achieve new, lower standards with time for compliance. I'm pleased that we have strong, early support for this bill in both the House and Senate,” Rep. Pete Olson said.

“The Ozone Standards Implementation Act gives states the needed time to fully implement two different ozone standards sequentially in a realistic and coordinated manner. By harmonizing the EPA’s conflicting ozone standards, this bill provides for a more efficient implementation process and protects American jobs and public health,” said Rep. Bill Flores.

The Ozone Standards Implementation Act also addresses the overlap between standards that were issued in 2008 and 2015. States did not receive implementation guidelines for the 2008 ozone standards until March 2015. Seven months later, in October 2015, the EPA issued new standards to replace the existing 2008 standards, which states are still working to comply with. This bill extends the compliance date for the 2015 standards to 2025. It also directs the EPA to submit a report to Congress within two years regarding the impact of foreign pollutions sources on compliance.
 
In addition to Senators Capito, Flake and Manchin, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act is co-sponsored by Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and James Inhofe (R-Okla.).
 
Highlights of the Ozone Standards Implementation Act:
 
Revised Timelines
·         Changes the mandatory review of national ambient air quality standards from five years to 10 years.
·         Phases in implementation of the 2008 and 2015 ozone standards, extending the compliance date for the 2015 standards to 2025.
 
Consideration of Feasibility
·         Calls on the EPA to consider technological feasibility when revising standards.
 
Congressional Oversight
·         EPA shall submit a report to Congress within two years regarding the impacts of foreign emissions on compliance and related matters.
 
Click here to view a one-pager on the bill.
 
Click here to view the bill text.
 
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Latta Votes to Roll Back Regulation That Infringes on Second Amendment Rights

2017/02/02

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in approving legislation Thursday to roll back an Obama Administration regulation that infringes on Second Amendment rights. The regulation, which was finalized by the Social Security Administration in December, labels anyone who has a representative payee as “mentally defective” and prohibits them from passing a background check under the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). There is no evidence that disability beneficiaries that have representative payees are prone to violence. The regulation was panned by both Second Amendment and disability rights groups who said the regulation was discriminatory. The bill, H.J. Res. 40, uses the Congressional Review Act to eliminate the ‘midnight rule.’  
 
“Like many midnight rules promulgated at the end of the Obama Administration, this one should never have seen the light of day,” said Latta. “In fact, this regulation is flat-out discriminatory. There is absolutely no evidence that this rule makes us any safer, and it’s blatantly unconstitutional. The Congressional Review Act was put in place for the purpose of eliminating regulations like this one, and this vote upholds Second Amendment rights for all Ohioans.”
 
The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to remove regulations passed in the last 60 legislative days of the previous Administration. The Obama Administration’s rule faced criticism by the National Council on Disability, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Many of these groups stated that the rule stigmatizes individuals seeking help with managing their benefits.
 
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Latta Statement on Nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court

2017/02/01

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement after President Trump announced his nomination of Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I applaud President Trump's nomination of Neil Gorsuch to serve on the nation’s highest court. Judge Gorsuch has a long established judicial history of supporting religious freedom, protecting the Second Amendment, and limiting government overreach. As a judge, Gorsuch is a firm believer that the courts should interpret the law and not make it. I strongly urge the Senate to work quickly to approve Judge Gorsuch as our nation’s next Supreme Court Justice.”

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Latta Questions Witnesses on Cybersecurity Threats to Grid Infrastructure

2017/02/01

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) questioned witnesses about cyber threats to electric grid infrastructure at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Wednesday morning. The Energy Subcommittee hearing, entitled “The Electricity Sector’s Efforts to Respond to Cybersecurity Threats,” featured expert testimony on potential cybersecurity threats and what industry is doing to protect sensitive electric infrastructure. The hearing also touched on implementation of provisions in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) of 2015 specific to the Department of Energy’s ability to counter cybersecurity threats. That legislation included provisions authored by Latta to designate DOE as the lead sector specific agency for emergencies and also provide tools to facilitate the protection and voluntary sharing of critical infrastructure information to better respond to grid emergencies.
 
“The damage that a widescale attack on our electric grid could wreak on public health, national security, and the economy is alarming,” said Latta. “That’s why maintaining robust defenses of our electric infrastructure is essential to preventing cyberattacks from bad actors — whether they be terrorist groups, foreign states, or lone wolves. Today’s hearing showed that the FAST Act is helping industry and the federal government work together to address vulnerabilities and better protect our energy infrastructure, but there is still more that can be done to secure the nation’s electric grid.”

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Latta Joins National March for Life Rally in Washington

2017/01/27

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined tens of thousands who gathered for the annual March for Life rally today in Washington, D.C. Vice President Mike Pence became the first sitting vice president to speak at the annual event. Following the rally, Latta hosted a reception for over 300 constituents from Ohio’s 5th Congressional District.
 
“I’m always proud to stand with members of the pro-life community, and it was inspiring to see so many people participate in today’s March for Life rally,” said Latta. “I’ve been steadfast in my convictions that we need to protect the most innocent among us and defend the sanctity of life. Congress and the Administration are already taking action by banning the use of taxpayer funds for abortion, and reinstating the Mexico City Policy. The March for Life rally will help us continue to build on this momentum as we defend a fundamental human right — the right to life.”
   
Earlier this week, Congress passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. That legislation codifies and expands the Hyde Amendment, an annual provision in government funding bills that prohibits the use of taxpayer money to perform abortions. Latta supported that bill and also has co-sponsored H.R. 586, the Sancity of Human Life Act, which provides personhood status at conception.

In addition to these actions, President Trump signed an executive order on Monday reinstating the Mexico City Policy which prohibits taxpayer funding for organizations that support abortion abroad. Read More

Latta: No More Automatic Pay Raises for Congress

2017/01/26

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has re-introduced legislation, H.R. 668, to eliminate automatic pay raises for Members of Congress. Under current law, passed in 1989, Members of Congress are slated to receive automatic annual adjustments unless stopped by Congressional legislation. Because the pay increases are automatic, Members of Congress can receive a raise without having to go on record to vote for it. Members of Congress have voted to freeze Congressional pay over the previous eight years and have not received a salary increase since 2009.
 
“For our democratic system to work, it’s critical that the public trust their elected officials,” said Latta. “Unfortunately, current law allows Members of Congress to receive automatic pay increases without having to go on the record. As many small businesses and families are still grappling with a sluggish economy, it should be completely transparent who in Congress is voting to increase their own pay.”

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Latta Votes to Prohibit Taxpayer Funding for Abortion

2017/01/24

Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. Most taxpayer funding for abortion has been prohibited since 1976, due to Hyde Amendment, which is passed in annual government funding bills. However, this legislation would make the Hyde Amendment permanent and expand it to include all federal funding.
 
“One of the most basic ways we can protect innocent life is ensuring that taxpayer money is not being used to fund abortions,” said Latta. “Not only is this policy supported by a large majority of Americans, it’s the moral and right thing to do. Hardworking Ohioans have an expectation that their tax dollars will not be used to fund a practice that they abhor.”
   
In addition to preventing federal funding from being used to perform abortions, the legislation also includes an important provision that prohibits the use of taxpayer funding, in the form of Obamacare premium assistance credits, to pay for health insurance that covers abortion. A 2014 Government Accountability Office report found that taxpayer dollars were used on more than 1,000 Obamacare health insurance plans that included abortion.
 
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act passed the House days before thousands of people are expected to participate in the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. Congressman Latta will be participate in that event on Friday, January 27.
 
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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


Latta Remembers Toledo Mayor Mike Collins on the House Floor

2015-02-12 18:25:42


Latta Speaks in Support of the Drinking Water Protection Act

2015-02-12 16:43:41


Congressman Latta Supports Right to Life on House Floor

2015-01-22 19:28:12


Latta Reads U.S. Constitution On The House Floor

2015-01-09 15:30:33


Congressman Latta Speaks in Support of STELAR

2014-11-19 20:04:01


House Passes Latta's E-LABEL Act

2014-09-11 18:37:22


Latta Speaks in Support of STELA Reauthorization

2014-07-22 20:36:00


Congressman Latta Says #Yes2Energy

2014-06-25 20:27:10


Latta Questions EPA Regarding Proposed C02 Regulations' Impact on Ohio

2014-06-19 16:41:10


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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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