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Latta Statement on the Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act

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Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5) released the following statement after voting in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). “The NDAA is a critical piece of legislation that authorizes funding for our military, provides a pay increase for our troops, includes needed support for military families, and holds the Biden Administration accountable for its disastrous withdrawal from Af...

Latta: Leaving Americans Behind is Entirely Unconscionable and Un-American

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Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5) provided the following statement on President Biden’s decision to continue with the withdrawal from Afghanistan while knowingly leaving American citizens behind: “President Biden made the decision to leave Americans behind by not extending the deadline to withdraw from Afghanistan, which is today, August 31st. We no longer have troops on the ground, yet there a...

Latta Statement on Death of Ohio Navy Corpsman Maxton “Max” Soviak

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Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5) released the following statement on the death of Maxton “Max” Soviak, who was killed in the suicide bombing attack in Kabul yesterday. “We are heartbroken to learn that one of the brave servicemembers that gave their lives yesterday was a native of Northwest Ohio. Max will be remembered for his service to his country – paying the ultimate sacrifice in order to get Ame...

Latta Statement on Deaths of U.S. Servicemembers in Afghanistan

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Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5) released the following statement after the deaths of American servicemembers in a suicide bombing attack in Kabul. The Pentagon has said that 12 servicemembers were killed in the blast and 15 were injured. “We have lost 12 American servicemembers in today’s suicide bombing in Kabul. These troops represent the best our country has to offer. They stood their ground at a...

Latta Condemns Biden’s Afghanistan Failure, Calls on President to Extend August 31 Withdrawal Date

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Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH5) joined a resolution led by Congressman Michael Waltz (R-FL), an Afghan War veteran, to condemn President Biden’s failures in Afghanistan and calls on the President to commit to maintain the evacuation as long as necessary to evacuate U.S. citizens and Afghan partners that would like to leave the country. President Biden has held firm in his commitment to the arbitrary...

Latta Votes to Pass Appropriations Bill to Increase Troop Pay, Continue Military Rebuild

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Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) joined his colleagues in voting to pass H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations bill that funds a 2.6% increase in pay for members of the military, improves readiness, modernizes equipment, and boosts health care programs for troops and their families. The bipartisan legislation passed by a vote of 359-49. “The DoD Appropriations bill last ...

Latta Meets with Middle East Leaders on Congressional CODEL

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Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) and a bipartisan delegation of United States House members met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi Minister of Defense Irfan al-Hiyali, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, Kuwaiti government officials, and United States military personnel during a Congressional visit to Iraq and Kuwait recently. Latta’s discussions with the leaders of the...

Medal of Honor Recipient, Senior Chief Edward Byers, Jr., to Join Latta at Presidential Address to Congress

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Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will be joined by Medal of Honor Recipient and Otsego High School graduate, Senior Chief Edward Byers, Jr., at today’s Presidential Address to a Joint Session of Congress. Chief Byers is one of two recipients of the Medal of Honor currently serving on active duty and is the most decorated living Navy Seal. Byers received the Medal of Honor for his actions du...

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...

Latta Statement on Administration Memo Detailing Political Strategy to Veto Defense Bill

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Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) issued the following statement in response to the publication of an Obama administration memo that described a political strategy to veto the national defense bill. The memo, which was prepared in May, details efforts by the Pentagon to “play hardball” with Congress over the annual legislation. “While there is plenty of disagreement in Washington, our countr...

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