Bob Latta

Bob Latta


Latta Discusses the Internet of Things at Owens-Illinois


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) met with industry leaders to discuss the benefits that the Internet of Things (IoT) provides, the obstacles to integrating it in their operations, and how federal policy is affecting IoT at an event today held at Owens-Illinois in Perrysburg. Latta is Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection which has oversight of IoT issues including cybersecurity. Recently, the committee held an IoT Showcase at the Capitol complex in Washington, D.C.
“The Internet of Things is already changing the way we live, work, and interact,” said Latta. “With such rapidly changing technology, it’s important to stay engaged with manufacturers and businesses that are implementing IoT into their operations to find out how it’s benefiting their company and the barriers they still need to overcome. IoT has the capacity to greatly boost our economy, and Ohio is taking full advantage of this innovation. Today’s event will be helpful as we develop the proper long-term approach toward this cutting-edge technology.”

Latta also led the Committee’s Internet of Things Working Group last year with Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont. The Internet of Things is technology that uses connectivity to transmit and analyze data on objects that traditionally aren’t connected to the web. This technology can be beneficial in a number of sectors like health care, manufacturing, agriculture, and others. One study estimates that IoT will add $14 trillion to the world economy by 2030.
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Latta Meets with Small Business Groups in Perrysburg, Archbold


Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) spoke with members of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) at a breakfast and lunch in Perrysburg and Archbold, respectively. NFIB represents 325,000 businesses in all fifty states and advocates on issues that impact small businesses. The discussions focused mainly on the work Congress is doing to simplify the tax code and streamline burdensome regulations.
“Small businesses are the engines of our economy, responsible for creating two out of every three new jobs,” said Latta. “This is despite the fact that many are struggling under loads of regulations and a complex tax code that disproportionately affects them. What I heard today from these small business leaders will be invaluable as Congress tackles tax reform in the coming months. At the same time, I was able to share with them the progress we’ve already made this year to provide regulatory relief, including 14 Congressional Review Acts that were signed into law.”

Latta at the Perrysburg NFIB event

Latta speaking to NFIB members in Archbold

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Reps. Latta, Dingell Highlight Self-driving Vehicle Legislation at American Center for Mobility


After working hand in hand to advance automated vehicle legislation through the House Energy and Commerce Committee in July, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, along with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI), toured the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run (ACM) to learn about the groundbreaking work taking place on automated vehicle testing, evaluation and standard setting. The Representatives were joined by ACM President John Maddox to discuss ways to support the safe deployment of automated vehicles and how the SELF DRIVE Act will impact the future of mobility in the United States and save lives on the road.
“Self-driving cars have the potential to make our roads safer and improve quality of life,” said Latta. “Facilities like the American Center for Mobility will prove essential to the development, testing, and deployment of autonomous vehicles as these controlled environments help produce cars that can reduce traffic fatalities and improve mobility. That’s why I worked with Rep. Dingell to develop the necessary federal framework we need to allow our innovators to bring this technology to our roadways. In addition, Ohio and Michigan are perfectly positioned to benefit from the economic boost and jobs that this new technology will bring to the region.”

“This is a critical time in the history of the auto industry,” said Dingell. “Highly automated vehicles will transform transportation as we know it with the promise of saving lives, improving mobility for seniors and the disabled community, and reducing congestion on our roads – but only if we in Congress get it right. I was proud to work with Congressman Latta and my colleagues to advance the bipartisan SELF DRIVE Act last month. It’s critical that we continue to engage with experts at ACM and all stakeholders to ensure we’re a building a regulatory framework that first and foremost protects consumers, but also keeps the U.S. at the forefront of innovation and technology. Automated vehicles are going to be developed whether we like it or not – the only question is where and by whom. We want this next wave of innovation to take place here in the United States, and we look forward to continuing to work with ACM and all partners to ensure we stay in the driver’s seat.”
In 2015, over 35,000 people died on our roadways and early estimates indicate the number could rise to over 40,000 in 2016. NHTSA estimates that 94 percent of highway crashes are due to human error. The development of automated vehicles has the potential to significantly reduce traffic fatalities in the United States.
The bipartisan SELF DRIVE Act, which passed the Energy and Commerce Committee by a 54-0 vote, clarifies the federal and state roles for regulating highly automated vehicles (HAVs) to encourage the testing, development and deployment of HAVs in the United States. The legislation includes important safety provisions, including requiring the submission of safety assessment certifications by manufacturers of HAVs and requiring NHTSA to initiate a rulemaking to develop new HAV standards. The legislation also requires manufacturers to develop a written cybersecurity plan that includes vulnerability detection and response practices and a process for controlling access to automated driving systems.
As one of 10 automated vehicle proving grounds in the country designated by the Department of Transportation, ACM is leading the way to ensure government, business and academia are all working in concert to ensure the safe deployment of automated vehicles.
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Latta Tours Stone Laboratory with OSU President Drake


On Tuesday afternoon, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined the Ohio State University (OSU) President Michael V. Drake on a tour of the Stone Laboratory, Ohio Sea Grant’s education and outreach facility on Lake Erie. The tour consisted of a program overview and focused on research and outreach efforts at the lab, along with a tour of Gibraltar Island. Ohio Sea Grant is a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric’s (NOAA) Sea Grant program, which Congressman Latta has supported and advocated for during his time in Congress. Stone Lab has been a freshwater field station since 1895 and part of OSU since 1925 and is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States.
“Ohio Sea Grant has been an incredibly beneficial program that educates, conducts research, and provides important outreach to help ensure a diverse ecosystem in Lake Erie,” said Latta. “I’ve been a supporter of Sea Grant in Congress, and today’s tour showed the benefits that this funding provides for the region when coupled with an institution like Ohio State University. I’d like to thank President Drake and Director Chris Winslow for the up-close view of Stone Lab and also for their continued work to protect Lake Erie.”

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Latta Highlights Action Taken by the U.S. House in the 115th Congress


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) is highlighting all of the actions taken by the U.S. House of Representatives through the first seven months of the 115th Congress. Legislation that the House has passed includes bills to boost job creation, eliminate unnecessary regulations, repeal and replace Obamacare, reform the VA, rebuild our nation’s military, and make fixes to our broken immigration system. Overall, the House has passed more than 280 pieces of legislation so far in 2017, with several of the bills being signed into law.

“The U.S. House of Representatives has been working for the American people by passing a multitude of bills to create jobs, fix our health care system, help our veterans, and strengthen our military,” said Latta. “While historic obstructionism in the Senate has prevented more of these bills from becoming law, the House has not stopped doing its work. We need to keep the pressure on to ensure that the priorities of the American people are enshrined into law.”

Actions taken by the House this year include:

Regulatory Reform: The House passed 15 Congressional Review Acts, 14 of which were signed into law, which remove overregulation put in place at the end of the Obama Administration. The 14 CRA’s are estimated to contain $86 billion in savings for taxpayers and $18.8 billion in regulatory savings. Congress also passed the REINS Act to require that all major agency rules must be approved by Congress. (14 CRAs Signed Into Law)

Reform the VA: The Department of Veterans Affairs and Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act empowers the Secretary of the VA to fire, demote, or suspend VA employees that are performing unsatisfactorily or break the law. (Signed into Law)

Repeal and Replace Obamacare: The American Health Care Act delivers needed relief from Obamacare’s taxes and mandates while keeping in place protections for those with pre-existing conditions. The legislation would reduce premiums and increase choice for Ohio families.

Improve our Health Care System: On top of repealing and replacing Obamacare, the House passed reforms that would increase health care competition and empower patients. The legislation would remove antitrust protections for insurers, allow small businesses to pool together to purchase insurance, and save costs by reducing frivolous lawsuits.

Provide Relief to Main Street: Dodd- Frank has had a debilitating affect on community banks on Main Street. The House passed the Financial Choice Act to end “too-big-to-fail”, prevent bank bailouts, and provide needed regulatory relief for community financial institutions.

Rebuild our Military: The House passed the National Defense Authorization Act to rebuild our nation’s military after six years of draw downs. The bill includes a 2.4% pay increase for troops and funds needed equipment, vehicle, and ammunition acquisitions.

Enforce Immigration Law: Kate’s Law would enhance penalties for deported felons who return to the U.S. The bill is named after Katie Steinle, who was killed by a criminal felon that had been deported multiple times. The House also passed legislation that would stop federal funding to dangerous sanctuary cities.

Restore American Leadership on Global Stage: The House passed sanctions on rogue states North Korea, Iran, and Russia. (Signed Into Law)

Protect Life: Action was taken in the House to prevent Title X funding from going to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood and to make the Hyde Amendment permanent.

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Latta’s Self-Driving Car Legislation Passed by Energy and Commerce Committee


This morning, legislation authored by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) to aid self-driving car development, testing, and implementation by establishing a federal regulatory framework was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee in a 54-0 vote. Latta, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, has been a leader in the bipartisan effort to address safety issues and regulatory obstacles regarding autonomous vehicles. More information on the bill is available here.

“Self-driving cars have the potential to reduce traffic accidents and deaths, increase mobility, and improve quality-of-life,” said Latta. “The legislation passed by committee was the result of a bipartisan effort, which involved over 250 meetings with interested stakeholders in 2017 alone. Congress can’t get caught flat-footed on this new technology, and this bill ensures that a definitive framework is in place as industry develops, tests, and deploys autonomous vehicles.”

View Latta’s opening statement here.

In addition to the self-driving car mark-up, the Energy and Commerce Committee also passed a drinking water infrastructure package that includes provisions authored by Latta. More information on how Latta’s provisions would help states and communities undertake drinking water infrastructure projects is available here.

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Latta Votes to Increase Sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted in favor of increased sanctions on Russia, Iran, and North Korea in a vote held Tuesday evening. The legislation, H.R. 3364, the Russia, Iran, and North Korea Sanctions Act, passed by a strong bipartisan vote and would levy greater economic and political sanctions on the three nations. Sanctions on Iran and North Korea were added to the House legislation after the Senate recently approved sanctions on Russia.
“The three nations addressed by this legislation have flaunted international laws and each is a threat to stability around the globe,” said Latta. “Russia’s cyber attacks and support for the Assad regime in Syria needs to be met with additional sanctions to curb their flagrant behavior. At the same time, North Korea’s advancement of their nuclear weapons program poses a grave threat to the United States and our ally, South Korea, and Iran steadfastly violates U.N. resolutions regarding ballistic missiles. It goes without saying that all three regimes also have atrocious human rights records. We need to hit these countries where it hurts — in their pocketbook — and provide American leadership at a time when the world desperately needs it.”

Title I of the legislation addresses Iran and those involved in the country’s ballistic missile program, their efforts to threaten Israel, and ongoing human rights abuses. Sanctions are imposed on any individual that materially contributes to the regime’s ballistic missile program, weapons of mass destruction program, international terrorism, or participates in the sale of military equipment with Iran.

Title II of H.R. 3364 addresses Russia by applying new sanctions on corrupt actors, those seeking to evade sanctions, human rights abusers, individuals responsible for supplying weapons to the Assad regime, or conducting cyber activity on behalf of the Russian government. The bill also authorizes assistance to nation’s susceptible to Russia aggression in eastern Europe.

Title III increases Presidential authority to levy sanctions on individuals in violation of specific U.N. Security Council resolutions dealing with North Korea. Specifically, the bill targets people that support the regimes nuclear program, those who employ North Korean slave labor, and cracks down on North Korea’s use of international ports.

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Latta Statement on Senator John McCain


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement regarding John McCain’s cancer diagnosis.

“There is no doubt that John McCain is an American hero who has committed his life to public service — both in the military and in elected office,” said Latta. “While much can be said about his time in the Senate, there has been no bigger advocate for freedom around the world than Senator McCain. After surviving years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, an onboard ship explosion, and a battle with skin cancer — nobody can question Senator McCain’s toughness. I’m convinced that he will persevere in his latest battle with cancer and wish him well as he begins his treatment. Marcia and I send our thoughts and prayers to John, Cindy, and the entire McCain family.”

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Latta, McNerney Author Legislation to Modernize Electric Grid


Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA), co-chairs of the Grid Innovation Caucus, have introduced legislation, H.R. 3290, to modernize the nation’s aging electric grid and improve reliability, security, and resiliency. The legislation directs the Secretary of Energy to develop and implement voluntary model pathways that would seek to update the grid. These blueprints would result from a collaborative approach of bringing industry and regulators to the table in order to increase innovation, empower consumers, and develop real-time situational awareness for the electric grid.

“There are countless reasons why now is the time to upgrade our aging electric grid,” said Latta. “Whether it’s improving resilience and reliability, ensuring better protection from cyberattacks, or increasing efficiency, we need to empower states to make the necessary changes to modernize the grid. Instead of government mandates and taxpayer money to fix the problem, let’s have industry and regulators work together in a collaborative way to find solutions that can be applied across the country. That’s exactly what this bill would do, establish voluntarily model pathways that would provide a blueprint for bringing our aging grid into the 21st century.”
“Technology is constantly evolving, yet we have not addressed the issue that is paramount to efficiently keeping up with new trends and demands,” said McNerney. “In light of the recent string of cyberattacks around the globe, which have targeted companies’ and countries’ energy systems, it’s time to have a serious discussion about how we can improve resiliency and stability and bring our grid system into the 21stcentury. By bringing industry leaders to the table with government regulators, we can carve a path to a modern grid system that will protect Americans from the growing number of cyber threats while maintaining accessibility and affordability.”

McNerney and Latta also have introduced a resolution that states the sense and commitment of the United States House of Representatives is to advance the modernization of the United States’ energy delivery infrastructure. More information on that resolution is available here.

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House Approves Legislation to Provide More Time and Flexibility to Implement Ozone Requirements


The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation today, H.R. 806, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act, to provide more time and flexibility to meet federal ozone requirements and streamline the implementation process. Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted in favor of the legislation. He was an original co-sponsor of the legislation when it was introduced in February. The bill updates how the Environmental Protection Agency addresses ozone standards under the Clean Air Act in order to ensure that states aren’t complying with two different standards simultaneously.

“We don’t need to punish our energy, manufacturing, and chemical sectors in order to achieve our clean air goals,” said Latta. “Our country has made tremendous progress in reducing ozone levels and improving air quality. A major reason for that is because we’ve set goals that have been realistic and attainable. Providing more time and flexibility to meet the EPA’s most recent standards will help give states the ability to reach these benchmarks without harming job creation and local economies. We all share the goal of clean air and water, and we can do it in a way that makes fiscal and economic sense.”

The Ozone Standards Implementation Act addresses the overlap between standards issued by the EPA in 2008 and 2015. Despite only receiving implementation guidelines from the EPA for the 2008 ozone standards in March 2015, they were expected to implement 2015 guidelines only seven months later as well. This meant that states are effectively complying with two separate standards at the same time. The Ozone Standards Implementation Act extends the compliance date for the 2015 standards to 2025, as states attempt to meet the 2008 EPA standards. The phased in schedule would ensure less confusion, complexity, and uncertainty for states trying to meet the EPA’s requirements.

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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

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

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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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