Bob Latta

Bob Latta

OHIO's 5th DISTRICT

Latta Supports Legislation Strengthening Career and Technical Education

2017/06/22

Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) supported passage of the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act to modernize career and technical education (CTE) programs and help students gain the skills and knowledge they need in today’s workforce. The bill, H.R. 2353, brings programs established under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act up to speed with demands of the current job market.

“With a job market that continues to change, it’s critical that Ohioans have options when it comes to training for jobs in the modern economy,” said Latta. “This legislation updates federal law to ensure that those in the K-12 and workforce development systems have access to training in the most in-demand fields. Ensuring people have the skills to compete will help them find jobs and help businesses that are having difficulty filling positions. This legislation accomplishes these goals, and that’s why I joined my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in support of this bill.”

The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act provides more flexibility to state and local community leaders for using federal CTE funds in order to better serve their area. The bill would also increase engagement with employers to improve training alignment with current in-demand jobs. The legislation also increases transparency and streamlines performance measures to better identify and evaluate successful federal programs.

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The Crescent-News: Robert Latta - Rolling Back Dodd-Frank

2017/06/21

For countless families and businesses across America, the local bank is a pillar of the community. When someone has a product to sell, they go to their local bank to get a loan to start a business. It’s the place a husband and wife go to obtain a mortgage to purchase a new home. It’s where a teenager that just started their first job goes to open up a savings account.

Unfortunately, small community banks are in somewhat of a crisis. Since 2010, approximately one bank or credit union a day is closing its doors, making it more difficult for Americans to access needed capital. This hits especially hard in northwest and west central Ohio, which has more community banks than any other Congressional District in Ohio.

Much of this crisis can be traced to the implementation of Dodd-Frank, legislation that in theory was supposed to curb the practices on Wall Street that helped lead to the economic downturn in 2007. However, instead of solving the problem on Wall Street, government made it difficult for our banks on Main Street. The biggest financial firms are bigger than ever and “Too Big to Fail” is now the law of the land. Dodd-Frank has threatened the very existence of banks that know their customers’ needs and understand their local community.

For example, one small bank in my district told me about the difficultly of complying with federal regulations and what it ultimately costs their customers. Despite having less than a dozen employees, they would face twelve regulators at their bank. Who worked the teller window, made loans, and helped the bank operate when they were on call with the regulators?

Consumers are being harmed as well. Only 37 percent of Americans have access to free checking now — down from 75 percent before the passage of Dodd-Frank. Businesses have greater difficulty obtaining loans to grow and expand because of stifling regulations.

Recently, I voted to pass legislation, the Financial CHOICE Act, to provide relief to Ohio community banks and revitalize Main Street.

For starters, the Financial CHOICE Act ends the disastrous policy of “Too Big to Fail” and ensures that not one cent of taxpayer dollars is spent bailing out Wall Street banks.

The bill provides greater flexibility to smaller banks by allowing them to have regulatory relief if they meet specific capital reserve requirements. The legislation would also rein in federal agencies by requiring that any new regulation with more than a $100 million impact must be first approved by Congress. It also tailors federal regulations to include factors outside of assets such as the bank structure and risk. One-size-fits-all regulatory models don’t make sense when banks are of different sizes and are structured differently.

The Financial Choice Act also repeals the Department of Labor’s ‘fiduciary rule’ which would hamstring the ability of lower- and middle-income families to seek and find affordable financial advice. Everyone agrees that retirement advisors should act in the best interest of their clients, but this massive regulation, as currently constructed, threatens the ability of obtaining even basic financial help without costly up-front fees.

At the same time, I voted to ensure that bad actors in the financial system are punished. Under the bill, the Securities and Exchange Commission would be able to triple financial penalties for fraud, deceit, and manipulation that result in losses for investors.

On top of all these provisions, the bill also reduces the deficit by $25 billion.

Our local banks are a staple in their communities. But, they are struggling to swim upstream against a flood of federal regulations. The House has taken action to right the wrong of Dodd-Frank, and I encourage our friends in the Senate to continue this work and revitalize the Main Street economy.

(Republican Robert Latta of Bowling Green represents Ohio’s 5th Congressional District.)

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At E&C Hearing, Latta Discusses Increasing Broadband Access in Rural America

2017/06/21

Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) questioned witnesses at an Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee hearing about the mapping and coverage measurements of broadband in rural America and how it could be improved to better identify underserved and unserved areas. At the hearing, entitled, “Defining and Mapping Broadband Coverage in America,” Latta mentioned that high-precision techniques used in modern farming require access to high-speed broadband, especially to incorporate advances in Internet of Things technology. Latta, who serves as Co-Chair of the Rural Broadband Caucus, directed his question to J. Brent Legg, Vice President of Government Affairs for Connected Nation. Video is available here.

During his questioning, Latta said, “Broadband support programs aim to increase broadband coverage in rural America where agricultural production generate significant value to the national economy and are an essential source of revenue and jobs in rural communities. Today, modern high precision farming operations require access to high-speed broadband to support advanced operations and technologies that significantly increase crop yields, reduce costs, and improve the environment. A program that only seeks to measure broadband coverage based on population centers, households, or road miles will overlook coverage gaps in agricultural communities.”



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Latta Statement on DOJ Announcement of the National Public Safety Partnership

2017/06/20

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement after the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Toledo is one of twelve cities to be selected to receive assistance as part of the newly created National Public Safety Partnership. The partnership provides a framework for enhanced federal support of state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecutors, specifically regarding gun crime, drug trafficking, and gang violence. More information on the program is available here.

“It goes without saying that violent crime is a problem that many communities grapple with,” said Latta. “It inflicts a sense of a fear in residents, it can remove the feeling of safety in our neighborhoods, and of course, it often results in devastating injuries and the senseless loss of life. The National Public Safety Partnership will be a valuable resource for local law enforcement as they implement proven strategies in Toledo to help combat violent crime. Coupled with the professionalism and dedication of the police officers in Northwest Ohio, the help from the Department of Justice and other federal agencies will aid in efforts to keep the community safe from violence. I applaud the DOJ’s decision and thank the administration for their leadership on this important issue.”

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Latta Statement on Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice

2017/06/14

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement after today’s shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.
 
“Marcia and I send our thoughts and prayers to Steve and the other victims of this morning’s shooting in Virginia. We are praying that everyone makes a full recovery from their injuries. From the early reports, the quick actions of the U.S. Capitol Police and Alexandria Police at the scene kept this situation from being much, much worse. As a Member of Congress, I’m thankful for the men and women of the Capitol Police that protect Representatives, Senators, staff, and the public every single day.”
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Latta Helps Send VA Accountability Bill to the President’s Desk

2017/06/13

Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing S. 1094, the bipartisan Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act by a vote of 368-55. The legislation will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law. S. 1094 reforms the agency and allows the VA Secretary to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee for poor performance or misconduct. The legislation also contains a number of important whistleblower protections.
 
“Our nation’s veterans, who have made countless sacrifices for our country, deserve to have access to timely, quality care,” said Latta. “If a VA employee is not helping with the mission, either through misconduct or poor performance, than appropriate punitive action should be taken. Currently, there are far too many hoops to jump through to fire or punish misbehaving employees, and it’s veterans that are suffering the consequences. I look forward to the President signing this important piece of bipartisan legislation into law.”

According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), it takes six months to a year on average to remove federal employees, even for examples of malfeasance. In one particular case, a VA employee took a veteran off-site from a substance abuse clinic to buy illicit drugs. It took over a year for the VA to even begin procedures to remove the employee for clear misconduct. Senior VA officials have testified before Congress that it is often difficult to fire bad employees at the agency.

In addition, the legislation also establishes the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection and creates a new assistant secretary position in charge of whistleblower protections and accountability. Employees that have come forward with examples of wrongdoing at the VA have faced retribution from supervisors, and S. 1094 would provide tools to ensure whistleblowers are able to disclose problems at the agency to higher-ups without fear of punishment.
 
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Latta Votes to Provide Relief to Community Banks, Revitalize Main Street

2017/06/08

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing landmark financial reform that would revitalize main street, provide relief for small and community banks, and roll back the most burdensome aspects of the Dodd-Frank regulatory bill. H.R. 10, the Financial CHOICE Act, ends taxpayer bailouts of Wall Street banks and cuts the deficit by $24 billion. More than 1,900 banks closed their doors between the implementation of Dodd-Frank and 2014 as regulations were greatly expanded.
 
“The effect of Dodd-Frank on small, community banks is an example of government taking a problem and making it much worse,” said Latta. “Instead of protecting taxpayers from Wall Street bailouts, small banks on Main Street were flooded with new rules and regulations that have made it difficult to operate. In the most egregious cases, small banks in my district would end up with more regulators in their bank than employees. Our country is losing the equivalent of a bank a day since the implementation of Dodd-Frank.
 
“The Financial CHOICE Act gives banks the option to have greater regulatory relief if they meet capital reserve requirements. It will also ensure that not one cent of taxpayer money is spent on bailing out Wall Street, and it ends the disastrous policy of ‘Too Big Too Fail.’ At the same time, federal regulatory agencies will be reined in by requiring that any new major rule must be approved by Congress, ensuring any regulation that has an $100 million impact will be thoroughly vetted and evaluated. With the majority of loans originating from community banks, the Financial CHOICE Act is a win for the small businesses that are served by these local banking institutions.”
 
In addition, the Financial CHOICE Act enhances penalties for financial fraud and self-dealing and gives the Securities and Exchange Commission the ability to levy greater financial penalties for fraud, deceit, and manipulation that result in investor losses.
 
The bill also repeals the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule which will have a negative effect on retirement advice for lower- and middle-income families.
 
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Latta Statement on Anthem’s Withdrawal From the Ohio Obamacare Exchanges

2017/06/06

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement after the announcement by Anthem to pull out of Ohio's Obamacare exchanges in 2018. In Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District, this could potentially leave three counties with zero insurers. Five other counties in the district could be left with only one insurer in their individual marketplaces as well.

“The failure of Obamacare continues to harm Ohio families,” said Latta. “With this announcement, many constituents in the district I represent will face the prospect of having no available options to purchase insurance, while others will be forced to choose from only one option. The current system is unsustainable. I voted to repeal Obamacare and replace it with patient-centered health care that would give more flexibility to states, lower costs, and increase choice for patients in order to provide desperately needed relief for Ohioans. Today’s announcement is a wake-up call – Obamacare is broken and will only get worse if nothing is done.”

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Latta Votes for Legislation Combating Trafficking and Protecting Vulnerable Children

2017/05/25

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in passing several pieces of legislation to combat trafficking and protect vulnerable children. The bills empower law enforcement to track and detain traffickers, strengthen victims rights, and improve reporting requirements for cases of abuse.
 
“Human trafficking is a heinous crime that continues to occur in communities across Ohio and the nation,” said Latta. “We need to give law enforcement the tools they need to bring traffickers to justice while providing protections to keep children free from exploitation. These crimes harm the most vulnerable of our society, and these bipartisan bills will go a long way in addressing the issue.”
 
The bills approved by the House include:
 
H.R. 695 – Child Protection Improvements Act – Ensures youth-serving organizations have access to national background checks on prospective staff and volunteers through the FBI’s database.
 
H.R. 2473 – Put Trafficking Victims First Act – Ensures that trafficking victims are perceived and treated as victims of a crime, with the same rights and protections. The bill calls for a report on Safe Harbor implementations as well as training for prosecutors on processing cases with a victim-centered approach.

H.R. 1761 – Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act – Closes a loophole for child pornography crimes. Under current law, a defendant that created child pornography may walk free if they are found to lack the specific intent prior to abusing a child.
 
H.R. 1188 – Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act – Reauthorizes the two primary programs of the Adam Walsh Act – the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act and Sex Offender Management Assistance Program – for five years and makes targeted changes to improve the programs.
 
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Latta Votes for Legislation Improving Care for America’s Veterans

2017/05/24

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted in favor of several pieces of bipartisan legislation improving care and services for America’s veterans that passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week. The bills establish a pilot program for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), provide a boost for veterans’ cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs), and streamline the disability claims appeal process at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

“With the Memorial Day Weekend approaching, we must remember the men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation,” said Latta. “At the same time, it also reminds us that there is more to be done in support of our living veterans in order to ensure that we keep the promises that were made to them. The bills passed this week in the House will put in place important reforms at the VA, establish new pilot programs for PTSD, and increase COLAs — all necessary steps to improving care and quality of life for our nation’s veterans.”

The legislation passed by the House this week:

H.R. 2288 – Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act – Allows veterans the choice to opt-in to a system that has ‘three lanes’ for appeals of disability claims; one which examines the original claim evidence, one where new evidence is presented for review and a hearing, and one where the appeal immediately transfers to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. The new system would allow appeals to be streamlined through the process.

H.R. 1162 – No Hero Left Untreated Act – Requires the VA to establish a pilot program that provides access to magnetic EEG/EKG-guided resonance therapy to veterans with PTSD, a Traumatic Brain Injury, Military Sexual Trauma, and chronic pain or opiate addiction.

H.R. 1329 – Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act – Increases the rates of compensation for veterans to bring it in line with the Social Security COLA.

H.R. 467 – V.A. Scheduling Accountability Act — Requires VA medical center directors to certify annually that their facility is in compliance with scheduling directives and report to Congress on compliance.

H.R. 1005
– Directs VA to enter into an agreement with state veterans homes to pay for adult health care for a veteran eligible, but not receiving, nursing home care.

H.R. 1545 – VA Prescription Data Accountability Act – Clarifies current law to stipulate that the Veterans Health Administration is required to disclose information to state controlled substance monitoring programs.

H.R. 1725 – Quicker Veterans Benefits Delivery Act – Seeks to reduce unnecessary disability examinations by requiring information to be provided to Congress regarding VA’s use of private medical evidence in support of VA claims.

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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


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


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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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