Bob Latta

Bob Latta


Latta Statement on Obamacare Premium Hikes


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) issued the following statement after Federal regulators announced substantial premium increases for people purchasing health insurance on
“It’s very evident that promise after promise made by Obamacare proponents have not been kept. However, it’s hard to find as damaging a falsehood as what the public was told about the cost of their health care. While many said that premiums for the typical American family would decrease — some said by as much $2,500 a year — we’ve instead seen premiums skyrocket year after year. Even worse, the recent announcement that premiums will increase by 25% on show that the problem is getting exponentially worse.
“While many of these problems were predicted by opponents of the law, it’s still no solace to Ohio families that are being harmed. Problems like premium hikes, higher deductibles, and the loss of health care plans are putting people in financial binds. It’s crystal clear that this law is unworkable and needs to be replaced with patient-centered health care, as outlined by the Better Way plan put forward by House Republicans.”

House Republican’s Better Way Health Care Plan is available here.  
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Latta Recognized as Congressional Tax Fighter


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has been presented with the Tax Fighter Award from the National Tax Limitation Committee (NTLC) for his strong pro-taxpayer voting record in the 114th Congress. Latta scored a 90% on key votes highlighted by the organization.

“It’s important to stand up for Ohio taxpayers that see a significant portion of their paycheck heading to Washington each month,” said Latta. “Whether it’s getting rid of the ill-conceived death tax, simplifying a broken tax code, or reducing rates on small businesses so they can reinvest and grow, we need to be working toward solutions that support taxpaying families and businesses. With our nation still struggling with a sluggish economic recovery, it’s imperative that we implement pro-growth tax policies that create jobs and allow our economy to thrive.”

“Representative Latta has been a leader in the battle on behalf of taxpayers to kill the hated death tax, reduce tax rates and the complexity of the tax code, to provide incentives for private savings, investment and job creation, to control the growth of federal spending and to force Congress to act on major, economic growth-inducing tax reform,” said NTLC President Lewis K. Uhler. “Representative Latta has been a major asset to taxpayers all across America during his congressional service. He has had the courage to challenge the orthodoxy of Washington special interests. His leadership is vital to America’s future.”

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Michael Garver Oxley Memorial Post Office Building to be Dedicated on October 28


Next Friday, October 28, 2016, the Findlay Post Office will be officially dedicated as the Michael Garver Oxley Memorial Post Office Building in a ceremony held at the Marathon Performing Arts Center. The joint ceremony will also include the naming of a portion of U.S. Route 30 as the Congressman Michael G. Oxley Memorial Highway.

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), author of the legislation to name the post office, will give remarks. State Representative Robert Sprague, who introduced the highway memorial legislation will also speak. In addition, Oxley’s son, Elvis, and a representative from the U.S. Postal Service will give remarks.

The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. Any individuals that would like to attend should RSVP with Andy Lorenz, District Director in Congressman Latta’s office, by phone at (419) 354-8700 or by email at RSVPs are requested by Friday, October 21.

Congressman Oxley, a Findlay native, served over thirty years in the Ohio House of Representatives and Congress where he rose to become the Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. Rep. Oxley passed away earlier this year.
Congressmen Oxley Post Office and Highway Dedications
What: Joint Dedications of the Findlay Post Office, Portion of U.S. Route 30, to Honor Late Congressman Michael Oxley
Who: Congressman Bob Latta, State Representative Robert Sprague, Elvis Oxley, Representatives from the USPS
When: Friday, October 28 at 10 a.m.
Where: Marathon Performing Arts Center
200 West Main Cross, Findlay, Ohio 45840
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Congressman Latta and Ohio Auditor Yost Discuss SNAP Program


BOWLING GREEN, OH – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) and Ohio State Auditor Dave Yost discussed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) with local stakeholders yesterday in Defiance. The meeting covered the recent audit conducted by Auditor Yost’s office regarding structural weaknesses of SNAP. Administrators, investigators, and educators affiliated with the SNAP program also participated.

“Preserving the integrity of the SNAP program is important so that taxpayers know that their money is not being abused, and those truly in need can access the program," said Latta. "The audit performed by the Auditor’s office has shined a light on potential issues with the application of the program, and today’s discussion was insightful. As Congress begins to prepare the next Farm Bill, it is vital to hear from those on the ground about ways to improve the program.”

“SNAP provides vital assistance to many in Ohio, and it’s important to protect the tax dollars that feed our hungry,” Auditor Yost said. “We appreciate Congressman Latta hosting this meeting to bring together local leaders for an open discussion to gather input about the challenges facing the program and ideas to improve the integrity and accountability of the system.”

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Latta Hosts Ag Internet of Things Discussion in Defiance


BOWLING GREEN, OH – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) hosted a discussion today in Defiance about the Internet of Things (IoT) and its impact on agriculture. The Internet of Things is the connection of physical devices, vehicles, buildings, and other items that are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity. IoT enables these objects to collect and exchange data, increasing efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
“The Internet of Things has the potential to be a gamechanger for a number of industries and agriculture is one that can reap the benefits,” said Latta. “Hearing from farmers about how they are currently using IoT, and the challenges they face in implementing it, is very helpful as we pursue policies that will help this technology grow. Whether it’s making it easier to maintain equipment, improving planting and harvesting efficiency, or growing crop yields, IoT can be very helpful to the agricultural community.”
Much of the discussion focused around the current implementation of the IoT for grain management, GPS for driving farm machinery, and the ability to regulate and control temperature in storage facilities. Cybersecurity and protecting sensitive data was also addressed.

One study estimates that IoT will have a potential economic impact between $4 trillion and $11 trillion by 2025. Latta currently serves as co-chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Bipartisan Internet of Things Working Group.

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Congressman Latta Hears From Army Corps of Engineers About Luckey Cleanup Site


BOWLING GREEN, OH – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) heard from representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers yesterday who gave an update on the progress made toward clearing contaminated land in Luckey. The 40 acres of property, located at 21200 Luckey Road, was previously used for beryllium and magnesium processing. Last year, the Corps awarded a contract for remediation of the Luckey Site. On hand for the discussion were local officials from the Village of Luckey, Troy Township, and Wood County.
“A safe and effective cleanup of the contamination on this property will be helpful for future development of the location and ensure the safety of local residents,” said Latta. “The first steps taken by the Army Corps of Engineers are promising, and I appreciate them sharing their progress with myself, local officials, and community stakeholders. This is a long-term commitment from the Corps to this important project for the area.”
Last year, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $100 million contract for cleanup of contaminated soils at the Luckey site, and cleanup work is expected to commence sometime next year. In addition to the removal of soil, the representatives from the Corps also spoke about groundwater monitoring measures that they will be taking.
The site is the result of a magnesium processing facility that was constructed at the Luckey location in 1942. In 1949, the Atomic Energy Commission built a beryllium production facility at the location as well. The facilities were closed in 1959. In 2006, the Army Corps of Engineers signed a record of decision (ROD) regarding contamination in the soil on the site, and the Corps signed an ROD for contamination in groundwater below the site two years later.  
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Congressman Latta Recognizes National Manufacturing Day


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) celebrated National Manufacturing Day by recognizing the work of Ohio manufacturers. Latta represents Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District which is home to 60,000 manufacturing jobs, and he serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee which oversees the majority of legislation affecting the the manufacturing sector.
In response to Latta’s strong track record of supporting Ohio manufacturers and employees, Whirlpool Corporation recently presented him with a Kitchenaid dishwasher door to display in his Washington, D.C. Office. The door was built in Whirlpool Corporation's Findlay plant.
“I’m privileged to represent 60,000 hardworking men and women in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District that produce American-made goods and help grow our economy,” said Latta. “On National Manufacturing Day, it’s important to recognize just how critical the manufacturing industry is to our success in Ohio and around the country. Instituting policies that allow our manufacturers to increase their global competitiveness and create jobs here at home is a focus of mine, and I appreciate Whirlpool for recognizing my efforts. From now on, any visitor to my Washington office will be able to see up close the outstanding work of one of Ohio’s manufacturers.”
“On behalf of our 10,000 Ohio-based manufacturing employees, and especially our 2,300 employees in Findlay, we thank Congressman Latta for his tireless efforts to support American manufacturing,” said David Szczupak, Executive Vice President for Whirlpool Corporation’s Global Product Organization. "We appreciate his leadership on the issues important to Whirlpool Corporation, the appliance industry overall, and the Findlay community.”

David Szczupak presenting the dishwasher door to Congressman Latta

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Latta Statement on the 40th Anniversary of the Hyde Amendment


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) issued the following statement for the 40th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment is a provision included in government funding bills that restricts taxpayer funding from being used for abortion.  
“The introduction of the Hyde Amendment to protect life was a revolutionary idea that still shares the support of the American people,” said Latta. “With a large majority believing that taxpayer money should not be used to carry out abortions, it’s important that we keep in place this amendment that has saved more than two million lives. With Hyde under attack more than ever before, it’s important that we continue to stand up for the unborn and keep the Hyde Amendment as a staple in all government funding bills.”     
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Latta Backs Bill Providing Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits


Wednesday evening, Congressman Bob Latta joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass H.R. 6094, the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act, legislation that would require a six-month delay in the implementation of the new Department of Labor (DOL) overtime rule. The rule was finalized earlier this year without Congressional approval despite concerns raised by small businesses, schools, and charitable organizations.  
“I’ve heard from a number of schools and nonprofits in the Fifth District that simply don’t know how they will be able to effectively pursue their missions when this rule goes into effect,” said Latta. “Of course, small businesses will also be at a significant disadvantage and employees are going to face less scheduling flexibility and opportunities for upward mobility at work. Passing this legislation will give these organizations needed relief from a rule that was poorly thought out and finalized without any Congressional input.”
The new DOL regulation was finalized in May of this year, and will go into effect less than six months later on December 1, 2016.

The rule dramatically alters the Fair Labor Standards Act, which establishes protections for America’s workers. While the law’s intentions are important, the regulatory structure under the law is complex, outdated, and burdensome — undermining worker protections and forcing law-abiding employers to be faced with expensive litigation. Bipartisan Members of Congress, schools, nonprofits, and small businesses have asked for a measured approach be taken by the DOL to improve the law for both employers and employees.

However, the proposal by the Administration is a radical approach that does not fix underlying problems with the Fair Labor Standards Act and more than doubles the threshold of overtime eligibility from an annual salary of $23,660 to $47,476. With the increase in threshold, many employees will now face reduced scheduling flexibility as employers are forced to meticulously count employee hours. According to the National Federation of Independent Businesses, approximately 44% of small businesses will be affected by the new rule.

The DOL rule is also subject to a lawsuit filed by 21 states, including Ohio, challenging the legality of the regulation.
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Latta Applauds Passage of Legislation to Honor Korean War Veterans


Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) applauded the recent passage of legislation, H.R. 1475, the Korean War Veterans Memorial Wall of Remembrance Act, to create a wall of remembrance at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the National Mall. The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week and was signed by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan yesterday. It now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Latta is a cosponsor of the legislation.  
“More than 36,000 Americans lost their lives in the conflict which is often called the ‘Forgotten War’,” said Latta. “Those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country should never be forgotten. Expanding the memorial in Washington to include recognition of these individuals will finally ensure their names — and their service — will be permanently represented and remembered.”

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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

Latta Supports STELA Reauthorization

2014-03-25 21:47:55

Latta: Obamacare HHS Mandate Violates First Amendment Rights

2014-03-25 18:52:39

Latta: Keystone XL Pipeline Will Bring More Than 2,000 Jobs to Ohio

2014-03-13 23:46:02

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Energy and Commerce

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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