Bob Latta

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Representative from HHS Will Participate in Defiance Forum on Opioid Epidemic

2017/10/16

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has announced that a representative from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will participate in the forum addressing the opioid epidemic being held on Wednesday in Defiance. The forum is on Wednesday, October 18 in Schomburg Auditorium on the campus of Defiance College. Resource tables will open at 5:30 p.m. and the panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. In addition to a representative from HHS, representatives from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and local advocates will also be participating, as previously announced.
 
For media that plans to attend the forum, please RSVP with Drew Griffin in Rep. Latta’s office at drew.griffin@mail.house.gov or 202-225-6405.
 
Last week, Latta testified before the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee where he announced that he is crafting legislation to better track data and information on efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in order to develop the most effective ways to find solutions.
 
In addition, Congressman Latta released a public service announcement about the forum and encouraging people to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 28.
 

 
 
Background
 
More than 2.1 million Americans are addicted to — or abuse — prescription opiate-based painkillers. More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids. That number nearly doubled over the past decade according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2016, 4,050 Ohio residents died of unintentional drug overdoses, the highest in the nation.
 
Rep. Latta is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over a majority of the bills aimed at stopping the opioid epidemic. As a member of the Committee, Rep. Latta helped craft the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act which were signed into law last year. Under these laws, policies have been implemented and resources have been provided to address the opioid epidemic including nearly $30 million of grant funding in Ohio.
 
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Latta Speaks to E&C Committee About Opioid Epidemic in Ohio; Plans to Introduce Legislation

2017/10/11

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) addressed members of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee today about the opioid epidemic in Ohio and legislation he is planning to introduce that would create a public electronic database of information relating to nationwide efforts to combat the opioid crisis. The Energy and Commerce Committee has much of the jurisdiction over legislation that would address the opioid epidemic. The Health Subcommittee convened the hearing to hear from Members of Congress on how the opioid issue is affecting their districts and proposals they have that would address the problem.

In his testimony, Latta said that 4,050 Ohioans died of unintentional drug overdoses in 2016, a 32% increase over the previous year. Video of Latta addressing the subcommittee is available here.

Latta said, “This problem knows no limits and has affected husbands, wives, children, brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers. It has destroyed marriages, ruined careers, and cut lives far too short. When I read through the obituaries in my local newspapers, over the past year or two, I have noticed more younger individuals without a cause of death. Unfortunately, in too many instances, it is due to overdoses.”

Additionally, Congressman Latta will be holding a forum on the opioid epidemic next Wednesday, October 18, on the campus of Defiance College. Resource tables will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. and the forum will start at 6:30 p.m. More information is available here.


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On the Passing of Vernon Sloan

2017/10/07

“We lost a wonderful man today, my father-in-law, Vernon Sloan, 91, of rural Stryker, Ohio – loving husband, father & community leader,” said Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green).
 
Obituary for Vernon Clark Sloan
            Vernon Clark Sloan, age 91, of Stryker, Ohio, passed away October 7, 2017, at his home.
            He was born January 22, 1926, to Otis and Dora (Mann) Sloan on the family farm, and worked the land and raised livestock throughout his life.  Following graduation from Stryker High School in 1944, Vernon joined the U.S. Army and served in the Pacific Theater toward the end of the war and post-war, primarily in the Philippines and Korea, with the 1st Infantry Regiment (Semper Primus) which was attached to the 6th Infantry Division.
            His military service and the hunger he witnessed among the rural people in these countries made a strong impact on him and influenced his beliefs and involvement throughout his adult life.  In mid-life, these beliefs led him to initially organize efforts among area churches and farmers to deliver high-lysine corn to people in Haiti, Honduras, Angola, and Liberia; in 1999 he and a few others co-founded Foods Resource Bank, a Christian-based response to address hunger through sustainable agriculture that now operates in more than 30 countries around the world and has impacted more than a million people.  For many years he volunteered his time on its board of directors.
            In 1954, Vernon married Carol Bretthauer, whom he met at a 5-H dance in Bryan, and together they had six children: Rebecca (Judd) McClarren, Pettisville; Julia Sloan (Oleg Smirnoff), NY, NY; Diana Sloan-Basner (Ralph Basner), Palmer, AK; Marcia (Bob) Latta, Bowling Green; Scott (April) Sloan, Stryker; and Lisa Sloan, Worthington.  In addition to his children and Carol, he is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
            He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Gertrude Goachee, Virgil Sloan, and Donna Belle Jones.
            Vernon was a strong believer in his Christian faith, in service to others, and in agricultural development.  His life was one of deep commitment and leadership in each of these areas, with a lasting impact in Williams County and in several developing regions of the world.  Among his leadership positions, he served as chairman of the building campaign for the United Methodist Church of Stryker, was co-chair of the building campaign for the Springfield Township Park, was a founder and past president of the Williams County Pork Producers, the Williams County Soil & Water Conservation District, and the Williams County 4-H Endowment Committee.  He was also very active in Farm Bureau. For many years he served as a 4-H advisor and always assisted club members at the county fair. His long involvement and support led to his induction into the Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame in 2013.  He was also active in the Stryker American Legion, the Williams County Fair Foundation, and many other agricultural and service organizations.  In support of the Foods Resource Bank mission, Vernon and Carol visited several African and Central American countries to share agricultural practices.  They also hosted several young farmers from these countries during planting and harvest seasons. For these efforts Vernon received the Heart for the Hungry Award from the international organization “Stop Hunger Now” in 1998.  He was named the Stryker Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2000.
            Music was a very important part of Vernon’s life.  In addition to playing trombone when off-duty in the Army band and the local community band, he also sang in many choirs and gospel quartets throughout his life.
            Visitation will be held at the Stryker United Methodist Church on Friday, Oct. 13, from 2-6 p.m. preceding the memorial service which will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by fellowship time with the family.  Interment will be at the Evansport Cemetery.
            The family requests that any memorial gifts of tribute be given in Vernon’s memory to the Foods Resource Bank, the Stryker United Methodist Church, or the Williams County 4-H Endowment Fund.
            The family is most grateful to the many care providers who assisted Vernon in his final months.
 

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Latta to Host Forum in Defiance on Opioid Epidemic

2017/10/06

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will host a forum addressing the opioid epidemic on Wednesday, October 18 in Schomburg Auditorium on the campus of Defiance College. Resource tables will open at 5:30 p.m. and the panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. Joining Rep. Latta will be representatives from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and local advocates.
 
For media that plans to attend the forum, please RSVP with Drew Griffin in Rep. Latta’s office at drew.griffin@mail.house.gov or 202-225-6405.
 
Opioid Forum Details
 
Who: Congressman Bob Latta, Representatives from the DEA, SAMHSA, and local advocates.
 
What: Forum on the opioid epidemic
 
When: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 18
Resource Tables Available from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Introductory Remarks Will Begin at 6:30 p.m.
 
Where: Schomburg Auditorium
Defiance College
701 N. Clinton St.
Defiance, OH 43512
 

Background

More than 2.1 million Americans are addicted to — or abuse — prescription opiate-based painkillers. More than 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, including illicit drugs and prescription opioids. That number nearly doubled over the past decade according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2016, 4,050 Ohio residents died of unintentional drug overdoses, the highest in the nation.
 
Rep. Latta is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over a majority of the bills aimed at stopping the opioid epidemic. As a member of the Committee, Rep. Latta helped craft the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act which were signed into law last year. Under these laws, policies have been implemented and resources have been provided to address the opioid epidemic including nearly $30 million of grant funding in Ohio.
 
The Energy and Commerce Committee will be debating further efforts to address this issue at a hearing in October.
 
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Latta Recognizes National Manufacturing Day

2017/10/06

Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) recognized National Manufacturing Day and the importance of manufacturing to the economies of Ohio and the United States. The manufacturing sector contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and employs 12.3 million workers across the country. Latta also cosponsored a bipartisan concurrent resolution to recognize National Manufacturing Day.

As part of National Manufacturing Day, Latta toured Valfilm in Findlay.
 
“I’m proud to represent the more than 60,000 men and women that work in manufacturing in Ohio’s 5th Congressional District,” said Latta. “The manufacturing sector is a critical part our economy both here in Ohio and around the nation. We should recognize the importance of producing American-made goods and pursue policies that allow our manufacturers to grow and create jobs. That includes reforming our broken tax code which puts U.S. manufacturers at a disadvantage. Today, on National Manufacturing Day, we recognize the importance of manufacturing in our communities, our state, and our nation.”

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Latta Votes for Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

2017/10/03

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted for legislation, H.R.  36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits abortions after 20 weeks. According to substantial medical evidence, an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain 20 weeks after fertilization, if not earlier. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 232 to 187. Nearly two-thirds of Americans support legislation to prevent abortions after a baby can feel pain in the womb. The bill also contains Born-Alive Infant Protections, which require medical efforts to be made to save babies that survive abortion attempts.
 
“Every unborn life is sacred and should be protected,” said Latta. “It’s even more horrific when babies that are able to feel pain are allowed to be aborted under current law. I stand with the pro-life community in supporting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect the most vulnerable in our society.”
 
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is supported by Americans United for Life, Concerned Women for America, the Family Research Council, March for Life, National Right to Life, the Susan B. Anthony List, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The U.S. is only one of seven countries – including North Korea and China – that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks.
 
In addition to H.R. 36, Congressman Latta has also voted to pass H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which would make permanent the Hyde Amendment, a prohibition on taxpayer money for abortions. He also voted to roll back an Obama-era Department of Health and Human Services rule that attempted to stop states from diverting Title X family planning grants away from Planned Parenthood to community health centers. Additionally, Latta has repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood, including voting to pass the American Health Care Act earlier this year.

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Latta Highlights Ohio’s Rural Electric Cooperatives, Internet of Things at Hearing

2017/09/26

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) highlighted Ohio’s rural electric cooperatives and discussed the impact of the Internet of Things at an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy hearing this morning. The hearing, “Powering America: Technology’s Role in Empowering Consumers,” examined how technology and changing consumer preferences has transformed our nation’s way of delivering energy.

During his questioning, Latta mentioned that Ohio’s 5th Congressional District has the most rural electric cooperatives in the state and asked Dr. Bryan Hannegan, President and CEO of Holy Cross Energy, how the company determines which technologies to deploy in order to benefit consumers. Congressman Latta also asked Monica Lamb, Director of Regulated Markets for LO3 Energy, what potential applications exist for the Internet of Things within the electricity sector and how they would benefit consumers.

Video of Latta’s questions and the witnesses’ response is available here.

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U.S. House Passes Resolution Authorizing American Legion Centennial Coin

2017/09/25

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green), a cosponsor H.R. 2519, the American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act, applauded its passage by voice vote in the U.S. House of Representatives this evening. The resolution authorizes the U.S. Mint to issue a commemorative coin in 2019 for a one year period in honor of the 100th anniversary of the organization. The proceeds for the sale of the coins will help support American Legion programs and services.
 
“The tireless work that the American Legion has undertaken for our nation’s veterans for nearly one hundred years is worthy of our praise and commemoration,” said Latta. “Since 1919, the organization has been an integral part of communities across this country. The minting of a centennial coin will allow veterans to celebrate the rich history of the American Legion while raising funds for the important work they do.”

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Latta Celebrates Success of Ohio Bald Eagle License Plate in Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

2017/09/21

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) hosted an event this morning celebrating the Ohio bald eagle license plate at the boardwalk in Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. Since the commencement of the license plate in 1999, funds from the program have helped acquire, develop, and restore habitats for bald eagles throughout Ohio. Latta was the original sponsor of the legislation in the Ohio General Assembly, and the sale of the license plates has generated nearly $3 million in revenue for conservation purposes.
 
The funds have helped purchase parcels of land to provide nesting and essential grounds for bald eagles, including 41 acres at Pickerel Creek Wildlife Area, 261 acres at Big Island Wildlife Area, 20 acres at Grant River Wildlife Area, and a 56 acre conservation easement with Seneca County Park District. Since 1979, total bald eagle pairs have gone from 4 to 221 in Ohio and the nesting area has grown from Lake Erie to the Ohio River. Birding in Ohio has an economic impact of $36 million annually.
 
Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Jim Zehringer also announced at the event that a new redesign of the plate was in the works.
 
“The bald eagle license plate has been a massive success in the preservation of habitats for our national symbol,” said Latta. “It’s exciting to see how far we have come in rehabilitating this species, and the next phase of license plates will continue to raise important funding to further this conservation work. It doesn’t get more American than a soaring bald eagle, and the popularity of the eagle license plates means we will continue to see them soar over northern Ohio for years to come. I want to thank all the nest watcher volunteers, the Division of Wildlife and Department of Natural Resources employees, and all the wildlife lovers that have brought us to this place today.”
 
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Latta Discusses Smart Cities at Impact Ohio Conference in Toledo

2017/09/15

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) participated in a panel discussion on Smart Cities at the 2017 Impact Ohio Toledo Conference this morning at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Toledo. Latta shared his perspective as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection on technology like autonomous vehicles, the Internet of Things, and other emerging innovation. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed his landmark legislation, the SELF DRIVE Act, which is the first bill to pass either body of Congress addressing self-driving cars. Joining Latta on the panel were Chairman of IEEE Smart City Technology and Planning Standards Committee and CEO of Venture Smarter, Zack Huhn, Ohio House Finance Committee Chairman Rep. Ryan Smith, and AT&T’s Digital Infrastructure Specialist for the Internet of Things Jamie Sullivan. 
 
“Emerging technology and innovation like Smart Cities, the Internet of Things, and self-driving cars has the potential to be an economic driver in the region for years to come,” said Latta. “Events like the Impact Ohio Toledo Conference foster important discussions that bring the perspective of policymakers, industry representatives, and civic leaders to the table in order to develop strategies, identify obstacles, and share information. Today’s panel was timely as the House just passed the SELF DRIVE Act last week, and I was able to share how this legislation could benefit Ohio in the future.”


 
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Latta Opening Statement on Self-Driving Car Legislation

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Contact Information

2448 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6405
Fax 202-225-1985
latta.house.gov

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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