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Strangled by Red Tape

Since 2009, we have seen an unprecedented surge in federal regulations. In fact, according to the Republican staff of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC), this administration has expanded red tape by 52% in completed regulations that cost the economy at least $100 million annually, compared to the previous administration over the same time frame. In 2012 alone, there have been 41,662 regulations published. The biggest victim of this regulatory onslaught: America’s small businesses. During these tough economic times, federal regulations and its high costs, along with the steady thr... Read More »

National Healthcare Leaders Honor Congressman Bob Latta For Leadership in Healthcare Innovation

The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of leaders of the nation’s premier health care companies and organizations, honored Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) as a “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” at an award ceremony in Washington. “Perfecting a 21st century healthcare system that is both affordable and accessible for all Americans and that provides care of the highest quality hinges on support for healthcare innovation. We need to constantly develop new and better ways to deliver care and link patients and consumers to the healthcare system,” said HLC president Mary R. G... Read More »

Latta Honors U.S. Military Service Academy Appointments

On Sunday, April 29, Congressman Latta honored U.S. Military Service Academy Appointments for the incoming class of 2016. This year six students received appointments and were recognized at an afternoon reception with Congressman Latta and their families. “I am extremely proud to have nominated great students to our nation’s Service Academies,” said Latta. “I want to congratulate them for what they have already achieved in their lives and wish them the best of luck in their bright futures ahead.” Academy Appointments Brittney Wolford from Woodmore High School received appointment to the Air Fo... Read More »

The Truth About the President’s Energy Strategy

White House Claim: “Domestic oil production has increased every year President Obama has been in office.” Truth: Domestic oil production is up in spite of President Obama’s obstructionist policies. The president likes to boast that American oil production has risen, but that is due to production increases on private and state lands. Production on federally controlled lands actually declined from 2010 to 2011 by 14 percent. White House Claim: “Since 2009, the United States has been the world’s leading producer of natural gas. In 2011, U.S. natural gas production easily eclipsed the previous all... Read More »

Help House Republicans pass 27 jobs bills

Data reported by POLITICO shows our economy isn't improving. • The Federal Reserve has announced it will keep interest rates low through 2014, a sign of its pessimism about the pace of the economic recovery. • The Commerce Department found the nation’s economy grew at a 2.8 percent rate in the fourth quarter of 2011, a faster pace than the rest of the year but worse than expected. If the economic growth slows in the next quarter, it will be tough to keep unemployment down. • The Congressional Budget Office projected a wider budget deficit and rising unemployment for the rest of the year, with ... Read More »

Three years later: Stimulus hasn't worked

On February 1, 2009, President Obama said when speaking on the economy, “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one-term proposition.” Three years later, the results couldn’t be clearer. The failed policies and broken promises of the President’s trillion-dollar stimulus have made things worse. As the chart below illustrates, the policies of the Obama Administration have left Americans worse off now than before Obama took office. Post courtesy of Ways and Means Read More »

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

I serve on the Environment & Economy Subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy & Commerce, which has jurisdiction over the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The NRC is responsible for ensuring the safety of the United States’ 104 nuclear reactors, as well as managing nuclear waste. In May, the Subcommittee held a hearing with the NRC’s Inspector General regarding the problems facing the Commission under the leadership of Chairman Jaczko. In October, the remaining four commissioners, two Democrats appointed by President Obama and two Republicans, wrote a letter to White House Chief of St... Read More »

The Utica Shale in Ohio: Getting it Right

On Tuesday, Congressman LaTourette and I will host a natural gas round table with Ohio regulators, shale oil and gas development companies and end-users. The discussion will focus on addressing the following three key points: What are the potential economic benefits of shale development to the State of Ohio? How would the economic benefits be affected from a federal/state regulatory scheme? Which regulatory body (federal/state) is best suited to protect health and safety of Ohioans? The round table will allow us to hear first-hand how shale development can spur job creation and what environmen... Read More »

Latta Embraces National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

In support of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) is urging all Ohio small businesses to take cybersecurity precautions to protect themselves against cyberattacks. Congressman Latta is one of 12 members serving on the House Republican Cybersecurity Task Force. What is Cybersecurity? Cybersecurity is measures taken to protect a computer or computer system against unauthorized access or attack. Why is Cybersecurity Important to Your Business? Cybersecurity affects anyone and everyone, from individuals to the government, and poses serious thre... Read More »

Letter to President Obama: Independent investigation needed in Fast and Furious

Dear President Obama, Gun trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border is a serious issue that cannot be ignored. However, I am greatly concerned about the details that are surfacing about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) Operation Fast and Furious that was a failed attempt to track this growing problem. Along with many of my constituents, I am disturbed by the reports of how BATFE officials were complicit in the trafficking of large quantities of firearms to gunrunners and other criminals. Tragically, several of these weapons were found at the scene after U.S. Bord... Read More »

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