Bob Latta

Bob Latta


Latta Statement on FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s announcement that the commission will vote on his draft Restoring Internet Freedom Order at the FCC’s Open Meeting on December 14.

“I commend the current FCC for its commitment to a free and open Internet with a lighter regulatory touch, and today’s announcement is a major step in that pursuit. The Internet has been a powerful tool for private enterprise and economic growth since its inception thanks to a relatively hands-off government approach. I’m a staunch believer in net neutrality principles such as no blocking, no throttling, and no paid prioritization. However, top-down regulation of the Internet is not the best way to ensure user access to content — in fact, it’s counterproductive. Ultimately, the most effective path to providing certainty for consumers, providers, and businesses that rely on the Internet is to find common ground in Congress and pass legislation.

“The decision by the Wheeler-led FCC to use the Title II framework to regulate the Internet was misguided from the start. Using an 80-year old law meant for monopoly-era telephone companies doesn’t make sense for technology as dynamic and ever-changing as the Internet. This heavy-handed approach stifles investment, curbs innovation, and limits consumer choice.”

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U.S. House Passes Tax Legislation; Latta Votes for Historic Reform


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues today in passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, legislation that would simplify the tax code and provide needed relief to middle-class families and small businesses. Under the bill, H.R. 1, an average family of four making an annual income of $59,000 would receive a tax cut of $1,182. The last time the tax code was significantly reformed was 1986.

“It’s been 31 years since the last overhaul of the tax code,” said Latta. “And in that time, our tax system has become complicated, confusing, and unfair. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides needed relief to the middle-class families and small businesses that drive our economy. At the same time, under this legislation, nine out of ten families will be able to file their taxes on a form the size of a postcard. The time is now to simplify our outdated tax code and let Ohioans keep more of their hard-earned money.”

According to the Tax Foundation, the legislation would also create more than 33,000 full time jobs in Ohio and nearly a million nationwide. H.R. 1 uses a new 25% rate for small businesses so that they can grow, buy more equipment, and hire new employees. The bill also would reduce the corporate tax rate, which is the highest in the world, in order to put American businesses on more level ground with foreign competitors.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act nearly doubles the standard deduction — increasing it for individuals from $6,350 to $12,000 and for married couples from $12,700 to $24,000 — allowing families to protect more of their income from taxation. H.R. 1 also reduces the number of brackets from seven to four. At the same time, the bill protects certain credits and deductions enjoyed by Ohioans. That includes maintaining the tax-exempt status of 401k and Individual Retirement Account (IRA) contributions and strengthening popular 529 college savings plans.

This week, Congressman Latta authored an op-ed in the Findlay Courier on the tax reform legislation, you can read the piece here.

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Latta Column in the Findlay Courier: Time to Fix Our Broken Tax Code


For Ohio families and small businesses, complying with our nation’s confusing mess of a tax code can be a nightmare. It’s tens of thousands of pages of complicated provisions that often take tax software, an accountant, or a lawyer in order to comply.

More than 31 years ago, President Ronald Reagan signed an overhaul of our tax code that paved the way for economic growth, higher wages, and more American jobs. At that time, many of the pundits and prognosticators said bold tax reform couldn’t be accomplished. However, under Reagan’s leadership, tax reform overcame the odds and was signed into law, unleashing a new era of American growth and innovation. 

Unfortunately, much has changed in the last three decades and our tax code has fallen behind the times.

However, Republicans in Congress and President Trump have been working on bold tax reform, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, aimed at middle-class families and the small businesses that drive our economy. While this is the beginning of the process, not the end, there is a lot to like in the bill.

First, this legislation provides much-needed relief for those in the middle-class. For example, a family of four making $59,000 a year would keep $1,184 more of their hard-earned money in their pocket. A single teacher making $48,000 annually would see a tax cut of $1,300 thanks to a standard deduction that is nearly doubled and lower rates. A single mother making $30,000 a year would receive a refund of more than $1,000 to help pay the bills and buy groceries.

Second, this bill will produce a tax code that will be dramatically easier to use for all Americans. With a much higher standard deduction, nine out of every ten taxpayers will be able to file their taxes on a form the size of a postcard. By reducing the number of tax brackets from seven to four, it’s easier to figure out exactly what you will owe.

Third, this reform bill would restore American competitiveness and create jobs. It allows small businesses to use a new 25% rate so that the engines of our economy can grow, expand, and hire more employees. That means a Main Street bakery that has an annual income of $59,000 would be able to keep $3,000 more of their income each year. That’s money that can help navigate the highs and lows of business ownership, or it can be reinvested back into the business. According to the Tax Foundation, more than 36,000 new jobs would be created in Ohio thanks to the growth from this tax plan.

In addition, the plan puts businesses on equal footing with their foreign competitors to ensure jobs are created here at home, not in China or India. U.S. businesses are subject to the highest corporate tax rate in the world. However, some of the biggest companies skirt this by utilizing a team of lawyers and accountants to scour the code looking for every tax break. We fix this problem by eliminating tax havens and loopholes companies receive while lowering the overall corporate rate to ensure American businesses aren’t at a disadvantage.

In a nutshell, this is big, bold reform.

With that being said, changing the status quo is never easy, and we’ve already seen this plan subject to ridiculous attacks. For example, the Washington Post Fact-checker gave “Four Pinocchios” to claims it would raise taxes on the middle-class. Don’t believe the nonsense coming from entrenched interests that have a stake in keeping the current tax code as complicated as possible. Under this bill, Ohio families will keep more of their hard-earned money, and all will benefit from an economy that is dynamic, strong, and growing.

The time to fix our broken tax code is now.

Latta, R-Bowling Green, serves in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Latta: The Rebuilding of Our Military Begins Now


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues today in voting to pass H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation that would improve military readiness, increase pay for service members, and preserve important payments to surviving military spouses. The bill also includes important provisions regarding recent military issues by improving aviation readiness, addressing the critical munitions shortage, and increasing our naval presence. The annual defense authorization bill was the result of a Conference Committee between the House and Senate and passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 356-70.

“After years of draw downs under the previous administration, today marks the beginning of the rebuilding of our military,” said Latta. “The NDAA improves military   readiness and ensures that our country’s men and women in uniform will have the resources they need to confront our global threats and to keep our nation safe. In addition, we ensure our troops and their families are supported by providing the largest pay raise in eight years for servicemen and servicewomen, and ensuring that more than 60,000 surviving spouses will continues to have access to special survivor indemnity allowance payments. This bill will provide our military with the tools they need to carry out their mission. In an increasingly dangerous world, U.S. leadership is needed now more than ever.”

The NDAA provides a 2.4% pay raise — the largest in eight years — for active duty military members. In addition, the bill also includes important acquisition reforms at the Pentagon including additional oversight to service contracts, as well as improvements to the process in which the Department of Defense purchases off-the-shelf goods by using online commercial websites. The bill also invests significant resources to strengthen our Missile Defense System in light of increasing threats from North Korea.

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Latta Attends Program at Miller City School to Honor Veterans


This morning, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) attended a Veterans Day program at Miller City School in Putnam County. Thirty-six veterans and their families were on hand for the event as students paid tribute to those that have served in the U.S. military. More than 900,000 veterans reside in Ohio, with approximately 50,000 currently living in the Fifth Congressional District.
“We forever owe our respect and gratitude to the men and women that have served in our military,” said Latta. “On Veterans Day, we honor the twenty million veterans that have answered their country’s call. Without their sacrifice, Americans would not enjoy the freedoms that we do. It was an incredible privilege to meet the veterans at the Miller City School this morning and thank them for their service. We are incredibly grateful for what they and their families have done for this country.”


In addition, Congressman Latta supported 14 pieces of legislation this week that passed to help the nation’s veterans. All of the bills passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation includes:
·         H.R. 2123 – The Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 (VETS) Act, which expands veterans’ ability to access quality healthcare, specifically for rural veterans who do not live within proximity to a veterans facility. The issue is important in Congressman Latta’s district, as a large number of the 50,000 veterans don’t live close to a VA facility.
·         H.R. 3949 – The Veteran Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform (VALOR) Act, which simplifies an approval process for GI Bill-approved apprenticeship program, making it easier for veterans to gain future employment opportunities.
·         H.R. 1900 – The National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act, which designates the Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, Ohio, as the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
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E&C Committee Holds Legislative Hearing on Latta-authored Draft to Modernize Energy Star Program


A discussion draft authored by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) to modernize the Energy Star program was one of the main focuses of an Energy and Commerce (E&C) subcommittee hearing this morning. The E&C Subcommittee on Energy hearing examined the effects of that draft legislation, the Energy Star Reform Act, along with one other energy bill. The Energy Star Reform Act incorporates previous legislation by Latta that would protect consumers and strengthen the program, and the draft would also lead to a more open and transparent process for setting standards.

Latta said at the hearing, “The Energy Star program has been a win-win for consumers and manufacturers over the past twenty-five years. This program has proven to be a successful tool in advancing the development and use of energy efficient technologies. It has also promoted economic expansion and job growth for participating manufacturers across the nation, including many in my home state of Ohio.”

He continued, “The Energy Star program is widely recognized by consumers and has seen major investments by the manufacturing community over the past two decades. The updates we are considering today are important for ensuring that this program remains strong.”

Video of Latta’s statement is available here.

The Energy Star program, which was created in 1992, is a voluntary program run by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. The program allows manufacturers to obtain ENERGY STAR labeling for products if specific energy saving guidelines are met, benefitting consumers that are looking to purchase energy efficient products.

The Energy Star Reform Act specifically:
Makes the Department of Energy the permanent lead agency of the Energy Star program. The Obama Administration had changed responsibility to the Environmental Protectin Agency in 2009, despite DOE having the requisite expertise.
Subjects the program to the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, ensuring actions taken by Energy Star are the same as other agency rulemaking.
Allows makers of electronic products that are in good standing with the program to self-certify.
Creates liability protections for program participants that are found to be out of compliance, ensuring that after being subject to all corrective measures and penalties, they are not further subject to litigation related to noncompliance.
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Latta Introduces the INFO Act to Combat Opioid Crisis


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has introduced the Indexing Narcotics, Fentanyl, and Opioids (INFO) Act to improve and make available important data on the opioid crisis and the effect of federal efforts to combat the epidemic. The INFO Act would establish a public electronic database that would compile information on federal efforts to stop the opioid crisis. The information would be used to help federal, state, and local officials develop the most effective strategies to prevent addiction, treat those that are addicted, and keep prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands. The INFO Act would also track federal funding being used to combat the epidemic.

“Communities in Ohio and around the nation continue to suffer from the rise of opioid abuse and addiction,” said Latta. “While the magnitude of this crisis is evident in the number of opioid-related deaths, we’re still lacking basic information on the effectiveness of federal programs and other efforts. In order to develop the best plans to attack this problem, we need the best information. The INFO Act would improve data collection relating to addiction, prescription guidelines, treatment, pain management, patterns of abuse, and other areas in order to find help find solutions. When it comes to this crisis, failure is not an option.”

In 2016, 4,050 Ohio residents died of unintentional drug overdoses, the highest in the nation and a 32 percent increase over 2015. More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids.

In October, Congressman Latta held a forum in Defiance with representatives from federal agencies, local advocates, first-responders, and health care professionals to discuss obstacles and possible solutions to addressing the opioid crisis. Latta also recently participated in a White House event, where President Trump declared the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency.

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Latta Receives Award for Conservative Excellence


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has been given the Award for Conservative Excellence from the American Conservative Union (ACU), a leading conservative group. In 2016, Latta received a score of of 92% on the ACU scorecard based on his voting record.

“Our country was founded on the principles of individual freedom and limited government, and we have an obligation in Congress to adhere to those values,” said Latta. “I’m honored to receive the Award for Conservative Excellence from the ACU, as it shows my commitment to representing the people of Ohio’s 5th Congressional District and ensuring their voice is heard in Washington.”

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Latta Votes for Legislation to Reauthorize Children’s Health Insurance; Community Health Centers


Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted for legislation, the Championing Healthy Kids Act, to reauthorize and fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and community health centers. H.R. 3922, which was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives, is a five year extension of the CHIP, which provides health insurance for more than 8.4 million lower-income children. Without the passage of a CHIP extension, states will begin to run out of funding for the program in December.

The legislation also includes a two year extension of Federally Qualified Health Centers, which serve over 24 million patients. The bill is fully offset.

“It’s essential that Congress act to reauthorize a program that millions of children count on before funding runs out in December,” said Latta. “The House took decisive action today by passing legislation to extend the CHIP program for five years. At the same time, the bill supports community health centers, which many of the people I represent in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District utilize. I urge the Senate to act quickly in passing this legislation to ensure American children are not put at risk.”

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Latta Introduces Legislation to Prevent Vehicular Terrorism


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has introduced legislation to combat vehicular terrorism and direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide feedback to Congress on the issue. The Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act, which follows up on previous efforts by Latta to protect Americans against vehicular terrorism, directs the DHS to report to Congress on their efforts to assess and prevent terrorist acts involving vehicles. Specifically, the report would include the current threat level for vehicular attacks, what the department is currently doing to prevent vehicular terrorism, how the threat can be mitigated, and a clarification on the extent to which DHS is doing outreach to private sector partners. It would also include any recommendations on what Congress can do to aid DHS efforts to prevent vehicular terrorism.

In response to these sorts of attacks in Europe, Congressman Latta introduced an amendment to the Making America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act in September that granted DHS more flexibility to address the threat of vehicular terrorism.     

“Seeing the rise of this type of tactic in Europe gave me great concern that it was only a matter of time before terrorists would use similar means in the U.S. to kill and injure Americans,” said Latta. “This week’s tragic attack in New York City shows that this fear is well-founded, and DHS needs to take the appropriate actions to prevent these assaults on innocent lives. The bipartisan Vehicular Terrorism Prevention Act will ensure that steps are taken — and the necessary tools are provided — to prevent these heinous attacks.”

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Latta Speaks About Discussion Draft to Modernize Energy Star Program

2017-11-07 18:47:07

Latta: Disasters Highlight Need for Modernized Electric Grid

2017-11-02 17:07:59

Latta Questions Witnesses on Cybersecurity in Light of Equifax Breach

2017-11-01 17:13:24

Congressman Latta Opens DCCP Hearing on Equifax Breach

2017-11-01 17:05:40

Latta Questions FCC Commissioners About Reducing the Regulatory Burden on Small Businesses

2017-10-25 23:53:34

Latta Asks Federal Officials About Efforts to Combat Opioid Epidemic

2017-10-25 18:15:25

Latta: Forum on the Opioid Epidemic Being Held Wednesday at Defiance College

2017-10-16 15:54:23

Latta Questions DOE Secretary Perry at Energy Subcommittee Hearing

2017-10-12 21:35:15

Latta Speaks to Health Subcommittee on Opioid Epidemic

2017-10-11 20:43:27

Latta Discusses Rural Electric Co-Ops and IoT at E&C Hearing

2017-09-26 17:25:00

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

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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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