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

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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 communi...

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 recent act...

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 supply chain in t...

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, defibrillator...

Sugar Subsidies Remain Artificially Sweet for Consumers and the Economy

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Just like the batches of candy at Spangler Candy Company, America’s sugar policies have been mixed, blended, and twisted for over 75 years. Originating back to 1934, the Sugar Act was created to stabilize sugar prices and protect sugar farmers during the Depression. This program, which was initially set to expire in 1940, includes outdated sugar policies that artificially inflate prices, limit dom...

Ohio’s Shale Revolution Fuels Job Creation

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With vast, untold resources thousands of feet below the surface, Ohio is experiencing an industrial renaissance that’s reigniting the state’s manufacturing base and growing the economy. Across the state, we are seeing ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new manufacturing facilities, expansion projects, and hiring announcements due to shale activity. The Utica Shale’s potential is having a direct and imm...

Obama doesn’t back up his energy rhetoric

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“We need an all-out, all-in, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every source of American energy — a strategy that’s cleaner and cheaper and full of new jobs,” President Obama said during his State of the Union address. I welcome Obama’s newly found commitment to developing every available source of American energy. This “all-in” strategy for U.S. energy should have an end goal of bolstering ...

Let's not give up on ending taxpayer-funded abortions

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On Monday, hundreds of thousands of Americans came to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life rally to exercise their freedoms of speech, assembly and religion. Individuals of all ages braved the cold, rainy January weather for hours to support the rights of the unborn and remember the over 52 million lives that have been lost by abortion. This number is staggering. Imagine the talent that has bee...

‘Tis the season for spectrum reform

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Consider this – during this year’s holiday season, nearly half of the web browsing done on smartphones and tablets will be conducted through Wi-Fi networks. As more people turn to web-enabled smartphones and tablets for shopping deals, retailers will be turning their marketing efforts to target today’s convenience-seeking, bargain-hunting shoppers that rely on their handheld devices. The key ingre...

The power of recycling

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We typically give an immediate sigh of relief when we throw out our waste. Out of sight, out of mind. However, that isn’t necessarily the end of the story. Every one of us generates approximately four pounds of waste per person per day. That amounts to Americans generating 243 million tons of paper, plastic, metal, glass and other waste annually. Of that, we typically recover and reuse 34 percent...

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