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BG Independent: Southern border must be prioritized

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As the Representative for Ohio’s Fifth District in Congress, I have visited and inspected our nation’s southern border four times. I take these opportunities because I believe the federal government has a duty and responsibility to protect and secure our nation’s borders.  That is why I traveled to the small southern border town of Eagle Pass, Texas, this month. What I witnessed and…

Washington Times: Harnessing nuclear power key to U.S. energy independence

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Tags: Energy

Just outside the village of Piketon, Ohio, a clean, renewable form of energy is on the brink of being unleashed. Centrus Energy, the first high-assay low-enriched uranium, or HALEU, production site in the United States licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, is leading the way in advancing U.S. gas centrifuge uranium enrichment technology to produce HALEU. In other words, HALEU is…

Norwalk Reflector: Honoring our nation's heroes on Veterans Day

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Tags: Veterans

As we take time to honor and thank our nation’s heroes this Veterans Day, I have been reflecting upon a journey I embarked on with an outstanding group of Vietnam veterans — and it all started more than two years ago. In July of 2021, I received a book at my Bowling Green office entitled Up Close & Personal that detailed the history of a group of men serving in the Vietnam War as…

Washington Times: Rush to expand electric vehicle fleets is misguided

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Since our inception as a nation, our people have thrived on a free-market economy rooted in the basic principles of freedom, individual liberty, and personal responsibility. This economic prowess, however, remains threatened by the looming heavy hand of the federal government. As we have seen time and time again, when government imposes its will on free markets, economies falter and…

Washington Times: U.S. Writes its Own Destiny with Energy Independence

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Tags: Energy

When President Joe Biden assumed the office of the presidency, he stated, “America writes its own destiny.” I agree. As Americans, we write our own destiny. It’s through the core tenants of freedom, self-responsibility, hard work, entrepreneurship, and free markets that have helped write and shape America’s destiny. While I would hope President Biden’s remarks would be rooted in these…

The Courier: Solutions to the fentanyl, southern border crisis

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107,622. Each digit of that number represents an American who died of a drug overdose in 2021. Hitting even closer to home, right here in Ohio, there were 5,017 drug overdose deaths in one year. The vast majority of these deaths have been attributed to a deadly, illicit substance that has become a scourge in communities across our nation. Its name? Fentanyl. These statistics are…

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

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Tags: Economy

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…

Latta in the Bryan Times: Lack of American Leadership Has Led to Rising World Tensions

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As I traveled around Northwest and West Central Ohio this past August, I continued to hear the same concern from constituents – our country is increasingly less safe and people are worried. Their concerns are founded in a laundry list of international problems; the rise of ISIS, an emboldened Iran that is flaunting U.N. regulations, Russia’s aggressive posture in Eastern Europe, and the…

Protecting American families from counterfeit pharmaceuticals

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Our national pharmaceutical supply chain is one of the securest in the world, but according to recent reports, the counterfeiting of prescription drugs is on the rise within the U.S. and often times goes unreported or unnoticed. As recently as February of this year, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning that a counterfeit cancer medicine had entered the pharmaceutical…

Healthcare reform tax on medical devices is a mistake

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During a time when our nation’s economy struggles to stabilize and manufacturing jobs continue to diminish there has been one industry within the manufacturing sector that has ascended as a global leader – America’s medical device industry. This industry, described as an American success story, has brought us lifesaving technologies such as pacemakers, CT scanners, artificial joints,…

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