Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) toured the Ohio State University’s ElectroScience Lab Thursday afternoon and met with the lab’s director, John Volakis. Latta and Volakis discussed advancements in wireless communication, textile antennas, remote sensing, and radar frequency technologies. The ElectroScience Laboratory is one of the largest radio frequency optics research laboratories in the world. Congressman Latta serves as Vice-Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
“The work they are doing at the ElectroScience Lab is pushing the limits in advancing technology,” said Latta. “The research that is being conducted will pay countless dividends in the wireless communication and radio frequency fields. I want to thank Professor Volakis and his team for showing me around the facility.”
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) joined a roundtable discussion hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Owens-Illinois, Inc. Wednesday morning to discuss the Internet of Things (IoT) and the impact it has on modern manufacturing. The event took place at the Headquarters of Owens-Illinois in Perrysburg, Ohio. Latta is co-chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s bipartisan IoT Working Group with Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT).
“The manufacturing sector is rapidly embracing the use of the Internet of Things to improve efficiency in production,” said Latta. “Today’s roundtable discussion provided important insights into how different companies are incorporating this technology into their manufacturing process. As machinery and devices continue to become more interconnected, it’s important that federal policy encourages innovation and growth, while protecting privacy and security.”
“Connected technology and the data it is generating is revolutionizing manufacturing and we need partners in Washington to help foster its continued growth,” said National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Director of Innovation Policy Brian Raymond. “The NAM was pleased to bring together innovative manufacturers to talk with Rep. Latta about what policies are needed to build and grow the Internet of Things (IoT). We applaud his leadership of the bipartisan IoT Working Group that will help Members of Congress better understand the technology leadership of manufacturers in Ohio and around the country.”
“The concept of the Internet of Things holds a lot of promise for companies like O-I as a way to tap into data and information that has previously been difficult or impossible to access,” said James Nester, Director, Global Manufacturing & Engineering at Owens-Illinois, Inc. “Insights from this data can provide a competitive advantage for O-I, help us operate more efficiently, and improve the value of products and services we deliver to our customers. In that way, the Internet of Things is foundational to enabling improved decision making from shop floor operator to CEO.”
The Internet of Things is technology in which physical objects and machines are embedded with Internet connectivity in order to allow them to process data and communicate in real-time with their surrounding environment. IoT can be used to gather information during the manufacturing process that can save money and resources.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) hosted Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) and officials from local banks to discuss regulatory issues that banking institutions are facing at forums held in Findlay and Defiance on Tuesday morning. Luetkemeyer serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance on the Financial Services Committee. The Congressmen both gave updates on current action in Congress to help community banks and reduce burdensome regulations, especially those imposed by Dodd-Frank legislation that was signed into law in 2010.
“Our communities were built thanks to the help of banks on Main Street that know the needs of their neighbors and provide the capital and services that small businesses and families thrive on,” said Latta. “Unfortunately, we are seeing the death of many of these banks due to one-size-fits-all approaches from this Administration and overzealous regulators. I want to thank Chairman Luetkemeyer for coming to Northwest Ohio to listen to these concerns and to share what is being done at the Congressional level to try to relieve the burden that these banks are facing.”
Speaking to the group, Congressman Luetkemeyer pointed out that since the passage of Dodd-Frank, the country is losing one bank per day on average due to closures and acquisitions. He also pointed out that banks offering free checking to customers have dwindled from 75% to 37%. Both can be attributed to financial and administrative burdens imposed by a more rigid regulatory structure.
In addition to raising concerns with the increased regulations, participants in the forum also pointed to uncertainty and costly delays from Federal agencies that are making it more difficult to expand services and serve their customers.
The two forums were held at Owens Community College in Findlay and Kissner’s Restaurant in Defiance.
Congressman Luetkemeyer (at the podium) and Congressman Latta listen to a question at the Findlay banking forum
Luetkemeyer and Latta addressing the group at the Defiance event
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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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Met with John Volakis, Director at the OSU ElectroScience Lab today and talked advancements and research in wireless communication, textile