Today is National Tax Freedom Day; the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay its federal, state, and local tax bill for the year. Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement in recognition of Tax Freedom Day:
“Tax Freedom Day gives America’s hard-working tax payers the information on how much it costs to fund all levels of government. In 2015, Americans will pay $3.28 trillion in federal taxes and $1.57 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total tax bill of $4.85 trillion, or 31 percent of national income.”
The House passed many bills to help lower taxes and give more transparency to the government. They included the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, bills related to IRS transparency and accountability, a result of allegations that the agency targeted conservative groups seeking nonprofit tax status; the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015; the State and Local Sales Tax Deduction Fairness Act, to make permanent the deduction for state and local sales taxes; the Mortgage Choice Act; and the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act.
“I am committed to reducing the size of government and lowering taxes for all Americans,” Latta said.Read More
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today reintroduced the Protecting Our Great Lakes Act, legislation to help mitigate harmful algal blooms by prohibiting the discharge of dredged material into the waters of the Great Lakes.
“The Protecting Our Great Lakes Act is one step we can take to mitigate harmful algal blooms in our Great Lakes,” said Latta. “The lakes’ health is vital to our region, as millions of people rely on them for drinking water. I remain committed to working with my colleagues to get this legislation passed, so we may protect these national treasures for current and future generations.”
During the dredging process, material is discharged back into the lake, re-suspending buried harmful material as well as disturbing existing bottom sediments and the resting stages of harmful algal bloom species. The Protecting Our Great Lakes Act prohibits the discharge of dredged material into the waters of the Great Lakes.
This legislation is another piece of Congressman Latta’s bipartisan efforts to mitigate algal blooms and improve water quality in Lake Erie and the Great Lakes. In February, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed Congressman Latta’s legislation, H.R. 212, the Drinking Water Protection Act, which requires the U.S. EPA to develop and submit a strategic plan to Congress for assessing and managing the risks associated with algal toxins in drinking water. He is also the author of H.R. 349, the Great Lakes & Fresh Water Algal Blooms Information Act, to examine the causes of and current mitigation efforts in regards to algal blooms in the Great Lakes and H.R. 1705, the Clean Water Affordability Act, to assist municipalities in more affordably managing their wastewater infrastructure projects.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has introduced, H. Res. 215. This resolution is a strategy to a comprehensive national energy reform plan that includes taking advantage of America’s abundant domestic coal, oil, and natural gas supply; exploring and investing in advanced nuclear technology; expanding use of renewable and alternative energy sources, while promoting conservation and energy efficiency and reducing our dependence on Middle Eastern oil.
“This resolution encourages an “All of the Above” approach to energy, aiming to increase domestic production while reducing dependence on foreign supplies, resulting in greater American energy security and keeping American dollars here,” said Congressman Latta.
Latta has also introduced the Voluntary Verification Program Act, H.R. 1785. This legislation would require the federal government to recognize voluntary verification programs for air conditioning, furnace, boiler, heat pump, and water heating products to demonstrate compliance with federal energy efficiency and conservation standards and the Energy Star program.
“The Energy Star program has promoted economic expansion and job growth for participating manufacturers across the nation,” said Latta. “This legislation reduces duplicative efforts, encourages energy efficiency compliance, reduces regulatory burdens, and saves taxpayer dollars; all while enhancing market surveillance thanks to robust voluntary verification programs.”
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) invites all interested high school students and their parents to attend an informational meeting at the St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy McQuade Theater on Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m., to learn about the United States Military Service Academy nomination and appointment process for the 2016 academic year.
At the meeting, potential candidates will be advised of the congressional nomination process and have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York. Potential candidates may also obtain an application for a military service academy nomination at the meeting. Completed applications will be due September 30, 2015.
Media should contact Erin Partee at 202-225-6405 for more information or to RSVP. Details for the event are as follows:
WHO: Congressman Bob Latta’s staff, U.S. Military Service Academies representatives
WHAT: Military Service Academy Informational Event
WHEN: Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m.
WHERE: St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy, McQuade Theater, 5901 Airport Highway, Toledo, OH 43614Read More
This week, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) voted in favor of legislation designed to improve upon current tax policy and ensure taxpayers’ hard-earned money is being used responsibly. One piece of legislation in particular is H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, which was passed by the House of Representatives today and is similar to legislation Congressman Latta introduced earlier this year: H.R. 725, the Permanently Repeal the Estate Tax Act of 2015:
“Farmers and small business owners across Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District are forced to endure heavy costs as a result of the estate tax, also known as the death tax. By passing the Death Tax Repeal Act, which is similar to my own legislation, Congress is taking an important step towards ensuring the growth and prosperity of our future generations.”
Congressman Latta’s legislation, the Permanently Repeal the Estate Tax of 2015, would repeal the federal estate tax, effective for estates of descendants dying after December 31, 2014. The bill passed today by Congress would also repeal this tax, as well as the generation-skipping transfer taxes for estates of descendants dying or for transfers made on or after the enactment date of the Act.Read More
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today issued the following statement on tax day:
“It is time to hold the IRS accountable. The United States tax code is entirely too complicated at nearly 4 million words; which is seven times the length of ‘War and Peace.’ We need a fair and simple tax code that will put our country on a path to creating jobs for hardworking Americans and allow them to keep more of their dollars in their wallets.
“Tomorrow’s good-paying jobs will come from the freedom to innovate from the ground up and not from top-down bureaucrats looking out for special interests. On this tax day, House Republicans are looking to create solutions to build a healthy economy that will empower all Americans to seek new opportunities and achieve a better life.”Read More
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) joined a bipartisan congressional delegation, led by Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL) to the Yucca Mountain nuclear storage site in Nevada. Other members on the tour were Reps. Jerry McNerney (D-CA), Cresent Hardy (R-NV), Mark Amodei (R-NV) and Dan Newhouse (R-WA).
“It is imperative that our nation’s nuclear waste is finally placed at a permanent storage facility. Yucca Mountain is clearly the best and safest site to do this. The president needs to put politics aside and allow for this long overdue project to move forward,” said Congressman Latta.
BACKGROUND: Congress originally selected Yucca Mountain as the site for the nation's nuclear waste repository in the 1980s. The Yucca project was nearing the finish line with DOE's submission of a construction license application, which the Nuclear Regulatory Commission docketed for review in September 2008 and was scheduled to decide within four years.
In 2010, despite Congress’ continued bipartisan support for Yucca Mountain, the Obama administration decided to terminate the project, attempting to withdraw DOE’s license application from the NRC’s review. In August 2013, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the NRC must resume its review of DOE’s license application. One of the first steps in restarting the licensing was for NRC to release Volume III of the Safety Evaluation Report. The report, which was finally released in October 2014, concluded that the Department of Energy’s license application meets the long-term nuclear waste repository regulatory and safety requirements, including that Yucca Mountain would remain safe for at least a million years.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), along with Congressman Tim Walz, (D-MN), have introduced the Clean Water Affordability Act of 2015. This bill will assist municipalities to more affordably manage their wastewater infrastructure projects.
“This bipartisan bill will help communities with EPA mandated wastewater infrastructure improvement projects, as well as assist with managing wet weather conditions. Clean water is vital to our health, environment and economy and we cannot take it for granted. However, one of the biggest hurdles in Ohio for these communities are increased EPA mandates and scrutiny, which is only causing stress and pressure on areas like these and others across the country that are still struggling towards economic recovery,” Latta said. “I will work towards getting H.R. 1705 signed into law so that municipalities have additional flexibility and tools for managing these wastewater projects.”
“Everyone should have access to a clean, affordable, and abundant supply of drinking water,” Representative Walz said. “This bipartisan bill will cut through red tape and give our rural communities the flexibility and certainty they need to provide that water supply.”
Specifically, H.R. 1705 amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (also known as the Clean Water Act), by updating the EPA’s clean water affordability policy to assist municipalities’ that cannot meet unfunded mandates to improve their wastewater infrastructure projects. The legislation also provides stronger tools for communities to manage their Clean Water Act obligations more effectively, allows municipalities extra time for implementing Long Term Control Plans, sets-aside Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) funds for rural communities, and provides additional tools for communities to manage heavy precipitation events in a more cost-effective manner while protecting public health and the environment.
H.R. 1705 has been referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.Read More
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today released the following statement regarding His Excellency Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s address before the United States Congress.
“This morning, President Ghani addressed a joint meeting of Congress, in which he expressed his nation’s gratitude for the sacrifice that the men and women of the United States armed forces have made for them.”
President Ghani cited the gains his country has made from the rejection of radical Islam, rooting out corruption, reversing government mismanagement, and women’s rights. In 2001, no girls were enrolled in school, while today over three million girls attend school. He also promised to bring four women into his cabinet.
Latta continued by saying, “President Ghani’s words were insightful. He acknowledged that much needs to be done, but pledged to forge ahead to help the Afghan people.”Read More
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) today joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in voting to support H.Con.Res 27 the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Resolution.
“We have seen the negative impacts that have resulted from this Administration’s out-of-control spending,” said Latta. “The passage of today’s budget resolution is a positive step toward getting our fiscal house in order and putting our nation back on a path to economic prosperity. It balances our budget in less than 10 years and cuts spending by $5.5 trillion, while also providing increased funding for our national defense to protect our nation from those who wish to do us harm. In addition, it provides reconciliation instructions that will fully repeal Obamacare and promote access to patient-centered health care reform.
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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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Today, I reintroduced the Protecting Our Great Lakes Act; which is legislation to help mitigate harmful algal blooms by prohibiting the discharge