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Latta Recognized for Conservative Voting Record by American Conservative Union

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) has been awarded the American Conservative Union (ACU) Award for Conservative Excellence based on his conservative voting record and values. The ACU highlighted Latta’s votes to repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood, and his support of the tax reform bill. Founded in 1964, the ACU is the nation’s original conservative organization.

“I’m honored to receive this award based on my conservative votes on issues involving life, healthcare, and our economy,” said Latta. “There is no greater duty as a Member of Congress than ensuring that the values of my constituents are represented on each and every vote. They expect me to support legislation that shrinks government, reduces burdensome regulations, and promotes sound fiscal policies that let Americans keep more of their hard-earned money. This award highlights the fact that my record is in lockstep with the conservative values of Northwest and West Central Ohio.”

“Whether it’s defunding Planned Parenthood or providing historic tax cuts for American families, Congressman Bob Latta can be counted on to enact conservative policies in Congress,” said ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp. “The constituents in Ohio’s 5th District can rely on Rep. Latta’s consistent voting record supporting the Constitution and conservative principles.”

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Latta Votes to Pass Legislation to Reform, Modernize the IRS

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted for a package of legislation this week to reform, modernize, and hold accountable the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The policy reforms would represent the largest amount of changes made to the agency in more than 20 years. The centerpiece of the bipartisan bills passed by the House is H.R. 5444, the Taxpayer First Act, which would require the agency to submit a plan to Congress to restructure the IRS with a focus on improving efficiency, enhancing cyber security, and better serving taxpayers.
 
“Many of my constituents still have a sour taste in their mouths when it comes to the IRS due to the agency’s targeting of Americans based on political beliefs in 2013,” said Latta. “More than that, examples of the IRS acting with very little accountability are rampant. Businesses and families can have their assets seized without fair notice. Taxpayers often must wait for hours on the phone waiting for help. Just this week, on Tax Day, the IRS had their online payment system crash.
 
“With a new tax code, it’s time for a new tax collection agency.
 
“The Taxpayer First Act and the others bills passed by the House this week will make needed changes to the IRS to ensure they are held accountable. The legislation provides taxpayers with more tools to resolve disputes with the agency, including having access to an impartial review of the facts. The bills also modernizes the agency by making IRS data available in a searchable, electronic format.”
 
Legislation passed by the House this week in addition to the Taxpayer First Act also includes H.R. 5445, the 21st Century IRS Act, which requires the Secretary of Treasury to work collaboratively with the public and private sectors to protect taxpayers from refund fraud. Nine additional bipartisan bills were passed to improve and modernize the agency this week.
 
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E&C Subcommittee Approves Latta-authored Bill to Improve Grid Cybersecurity

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT

Today, the Energy and Commerce (E&C) Subcommittee on Energy voted to approve legislation authored by Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) to improve the nation’s grid security and resiliency in the face of cyber attacks. The legislation, H.R. 5239, the Cyber Sense Act, would create a voluntary Department of Energy ‘Cyber Sense’ program that would test the cyber security of products and technologies for use in the bulk-power system. It would require the Secretary of Energy to keep a related database on the products. This would aid electric utilities that are evaluating products and their potential to cause harm to the electric grid.

“Bad actors are looking to weaken the American energy sector in any way possible,” said Latta. “We’ve seen that with recent cyber attacks coming from Russia that have targeted our nation’s electric grid. I’ve long been a proponent of modernizing and updating our aging grid for a number of reasons, but improving cyber security is one of the most critical. The Cyber Sense Act will let electric utilities make more informed decisions about the cyber security of the products they are purchasing, increasing resiliency for the entire grid.”

Latta spoke on the legislation before the E&C Subcommittee on Energy. Video is available here.

The Subcommittee also passed legislation that Latta introduced with Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA), H.R. 5240, which directs DOE to facilitate and encourage public-private partnerships in order to improve cybersecurity of electric utilities. The legislation would improve sharing of best practices and data collection, along with providing training and technical assistance to electric utilities in order to address and mitigate cybersecurity risks.

Latta and McNerney co-chair the Grid Innovation Caucus, which was founded to provide a forum for discussing solutions to the many challenges facing the grid, and to educate Members of Congress and staff about the importance of the electric grid with relation to the economy, energy security, and advanced technologies being utilized to enhance grid capabilities.

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Latta Statement on April 17, Tax Day

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement regarding this year’s Tax Day, April 17.

“April 17 will be the last day that nearly all Americans will have to think about that old, outdated tax code that punished U.S. businesses, confused countless families, and forced Americans to buy a product they didn’t want. After today, the full focus is on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which simplifies the tax code and lets taxpayers keep more of their own hard-earned money. With a tax deduction that is nearly doubled, 90% of Americans won’t need to itemize and will see more of their income protected. The new law also lowers rates across the board, so families will be paying less on the money that is taxed. Families with children will see their child tax credit doubled.

“That’s good news for individual taxpayers, but what about small businesses? They will be able to deduct 20% of their income which is money that they can reinvest in their workforce or use to expand operations. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has also put U.S. businesses on equal ground with their foreign competitors — resulting in a flood of repatriated money and jobs coming back home.

“Since it’s signing, we’ve seen economic indicators hit levels they haven’t seen in a years. Unemployment claims are the lowest they’ve been since 1973. Manufacturing and small business confidence are the highest they’ve been in decades. Every day, new companies are announcing expansions of employee benefits, plans for business growth, and energy savings for customers because of this new tax code.

“There is still room to fix the tax system, including reforming an unaccountable IRS. This week, the House is voting on a number of bills to bring change to the agency and protect taxpayers from overzealous agents and audits.

“While many Americans have slogged through the storm that is this year’s tax season, know that sunny days are ahead. Thanks to the biggest overhaul in a generation, we now have a tax code that rewards innovation and growth and sets the table for a dynamic American economy.”

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Latta Statement on Former First Lady Barbara Bush

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement on the news that former First Lady Barbara Bush is focusing on comfort care and will not seek additional medical care after recent hospitalizations.
 
“Marcia and I have former First Lady Barbara Bush in our prayers. She is a person we can all look up to, and it’s no surprise to hear that she has tackled her recent health obstacles with her characteristic toughness and grace. Our thoughts are with all of the Bush family during this difficult time.”
 
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Latta Statement on U.S. Military Action in Syria

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT

 Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) released the following statement after the U.S., U.K., and France deployed precision airstrikes to destroy chemical weapons facilities in Syria.
 
“In response to the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons on innocent men, women, and children, the U.S. military launched precision airstrikes last night to destroy chemical weapons facilities in the country. Joined by two of our closest allies, this action affirms the Administration’s stance that the use of these sorts of weapons on innocent populations is unacceptable. For too long, Barshar al-Assad has acted with impunity in the region, and it has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands in Syria’s bloody civil war.
 
“The international community needs to step up and let it be known that the use of chemical weapons must end. That also means applying diplomatic pressure to Assad’s enablers – Iran and Russia.
 
“To the men and women in our military – we are praying for you. Thank you for all you do to serve this country.”
 
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Congressman Latta Votes in Support of a Balanced Budget Amendment

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT

Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted in favor of H.J.Res. 2, a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) to the Constitution, in order to curtail runaway government spending. The Amendment failed to reach the required two-third majority vote after most Democrats voted against it.
 
The Amendment would require that total outlays not exceed total receipts for a given fiscal year, unless there is a three-fifths vote in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The Amendment does provide for a possible waiver in a time of war.
 
“It’s a concept that families in my district understand — you can’t spend more than you take in,” said Latta. “However, the national debt now exceeds $20 trillion and shows no sign of slowing down. The annual interest on the debt that taxpayers are on the hook for is $300 billion for FY2018 — more than half the cost of the Medicare program. Forty-nine out of fifty states balance their budget every year, and the federal government should be no different. We have a responsibility to future generations not to bury them under mountains of debt because of reckless government spending. For this reason, I voted against the most recent spending bill passed by Congress which didn’t address our growing debt.
 
“It’s disappointing that Democrats would block this important step toward fiscal sanity. A Balanced Budget Amendment would force Washington to make the tough choices when it comes to our spending. Tough choices we desperately need to make before it’s too late.”
 
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Latta: Russian Cyber Attack Shows that Congress Should Act to Improve Grid Security

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT

At an Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Hearing, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) questioned Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry about the agency’s efforts in light of Russian cyber attacks on the electric grid. Latta recently introduced a pair of bills with Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) to improve cyber defense of the nation’s energy infrastructure. H.R. 5239, the Cyber Sense Act, and H.R. 5240, the Enhancing Grid Security through Public-Private Partnership Act, were discussed in a subcommittee hearing earlier this month.
 
Latta began his questioning at the E&C Subcommittee on Energy hearing by saying, “In recent weeks, we have read news stories about malicious agents working to undermine the safety and security of our nation’s energy infrastructure. According to the Department of Homeland Security, this includes Russian cyber attacks that have remotely targeted the power grid, energy, nuclear, and commercial facilities, and critical manufacturing sectors.”
 
He continued, “Given the nature of these threats, I believe it is more important than ever that Congress acts. That is why I’ve worked with my colleague, Representative McNerney, to introduce two bipartisan pieces of legislation to address the threat of cyber attacks.”
 
Secretary Perry highlighted the importance of cybersecurity when it comes to the nation’s grid and stated that he believed that the bipartisan legislation mentioned by Latta could help improve safety and security of our energy infrastructure.

Video is available here.
 
Latta and McNerney are co-chairs of the Grid Innovation Caucus and have worked in a bipartisan manner to modernize and improve the resiliency of our electric grid.
 
H.R. 5239 would create a voluntary Department of Energy ‘Cyber Sense’ program that would identify and promote cyber-secure products for use in the bulk-power system. The bill also establishes a testing process for the products along with a reporting process of cybersecurity vulnerabilities. It would require the Secretary of Energy to keep a related database on the products. This would aid electric utilities that are evaluating products and their potential to cause harm to the electric grid.
 
H.R. 5240 directs DOE to facilitate and encourage public-private partnerships in order to improve cybersecurity of electric utilities. The legislation would improve sharing of best practices and data collection, along with providing training and technical assistance to electric utilities in order to address and mitigate cybersecurity risks.  
 
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Latta Announces Students Accepted to U.S. Military Service Academies

Sun, 08 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) congratulated students from Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District on their acceptance to one of the U.S. Military Service Academies at an event on Saturday at the Toledo Air National Guard Base in Swanton. All of the students were nominated by Congressman Latta and have received offers of appointment for the Class of 2022 at their respective academies. While the Congressman’s office nominates students, the respective service academies make the acceptance decisions.   

“These exceptionally talented students have made the decision to serve their country by attending our fine military service academies,” said Latta. “Acceptance at the academies is tough, and their task will get even tougher as they face rigorous academic course loads, military training, and physical fitness standards. I have the utmost confidence that these young men and women will meet these challenges and exceed them. I look forward to seeing their progress as they grow into the next generation of leaders.”    

The following students were recognized:  

U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Jenna Kill, Sylvania, Northview High School

McKenzie Mercer, Cygnet, Elmwood High School

Cole Ragan, Whitehouse, Anthony Wayne High School

David Mulligan, Sylvania, Northview High School

Austin Stoner, Toledo, Whitmer High School

 

U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York

Thomas Hilt, Whitehouse, Anthony Wayne High School

Daniel Walton, Perrysburg, Perrysburg High School

 

U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland

Ian Donahue, Sylvania, Northview High School

Cameron Smith, Maumee, Anthony Wayne High School

 

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Latta Invites High School Students and Families to Military Service Academy Night

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 04:00:00 GMT

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) invites all interested high school students and their parents to attend an informational meeting at McQuade Theater on the campus of St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo on Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m., to learn about the United States Military Service Academy nomination and appointment process for the 2018-2019 academic year. 

At the meeting, potential candidates will be advised of the congressional nomination process and have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado; U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York; and U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut. Potential candidates may also obtain an application for a military service academy nomination at the meeting. Applications and additional information are available on Congressman Latta’s website here. Applications will be due October 1, 2018.

Details for the event are as follows: 

WHO: Congressman Bob Latta’s staff, Representatives from the U.S. Military Service Academies

WHAT: Military Service Academy Informational Event 

WHEN: Monday, April 9, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. 

WHERE:

St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy

McQuade Theater

5901 Airport Highway

Toledo, OH 43615

 

*Media: Please contact Drew Griffin at 202-225-6405 for more information or to RSVP.

 

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