Congressman Latta with OSS Veterans and their families
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing legislation this evening to improve call quality in rural communities. The bill, H.R. 2566, the Improving Rural Call Quality and Reliability Act, requires intermediate providers to comply with service quality standards set by the FCC. Rural call quality is often poor due to inconsistency with ‘least cost routers’ that are not subject to the minimum FCC standards. The bill also establishes a public registry which increases transparency and accountability for least cost routers.
“Rural communities are often subjected to telephone service that is of poor quality with dropped calls, false ringing, and white noise making it difficult for users,” said Latta. “These problems are caused by intermediate providers, not local phone companies, and often make it more troublesome for those living in rural areas to conduct business. Even worse, inconsistent call reliability is potentially dangerous in life threatening and emergency situations. H.R. 2566 fixes the issues associated with least cost routing and brings rural call quality in line with FCC standards.”
Latta participated in an Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on the legislation in September with Lance Miller, President of the McClure Telephone Company in McClure, Ohio.
In addition to H.R. 2566, the House also passed H.R. 2669, the Anti-Spoofing Act. The legislation takes aim at those committing phone scams targeting vulnerable populations. Scammers will often disguise their phone number on caller ID in order to trick unsuspecting victims. While this has been made illegal through the Truth in Caller ID Act, H.R. 2669 expands the law to include banning this practice through text messaging as well.
BOWLING GREEN, OH – Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) hosted a broadcaster forum in Perrysburg today with Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O'Rielly. The event, held at Owens State Community College, touched on a number of issues including the importance of broadcasting in local communities, incentive auction repacking, and cross-ownership rules.
“Hearing from Commissioner O’Rielly on the most pressing issues facing broadcasters provided an insightful look into the thinking at the Federal Communications Commission,” said Latta. “The conversation was lively and hearing from the region’s broadcasters will provide important context for me as Congress discusses its role on a number of these topics as well. I want to thank the Commissioner for taking the time to come to this event and share his perspective.”
Congressman Latta and Commissioner O’Rielly addressing the broadcasters
Michael O’Rielly was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late 2013 and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. He was sworn into office on November 4, 2013. Congressman Bob Latta serves as Vice-Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
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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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