Representative Robert 'Bob' Edward Latta's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (OH) - District 5, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 5
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Issue Positions

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Vote Smart's Research

  • National Organization for Women. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, the National Organization for Women attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2008, the National Organization for Women gave Bob Latta a rating of 25 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Bob Latta voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Statement on 2011 March for Life. 24 January 2011. "As an elected official, protecting the sanctity of life has been a cornerstone of my policy objectives over the past twenty years. Now that Republicans control the majority in the House of Representatives, it is vital that we pass meaningful legislation to ensure important pro-life protections and to correct the last two years of pro-abortion policy passed by Congressional Democrats." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Statement On Health Care Bill Executive Order. 23 March 2010. "On Sunday, March 21, Congress held a career-defining vote on the issue of government funding of abortion and for the pro-life community. I voted against H.R. 3590, the Senate-passed health care bill, because it contains several provisions that will facilitate the federal funding of abortions. Furthermore, the bill does not provide for the conscience protection for health care workers. Many lawmakers who consider themselves 'pro-life' voted in favor of this legislation after a promise from President Barack Obama to sign an Executive Order (EO) to correct the problem of abortion funding in the bill. However, President Obama is the most pro-abortion chief executive to ever reside in the White House and a piece of paper signed with his name will do nothing to make this health care legislation acceptable to protect the unborn." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Congressman Latta Votes to Stop Government-Funded Abortions Under Obamacare. 11 February 2011. "On Friday, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) cast his first pro-life vote of the 112th Congress; he voted in support of the Protect Life Act during a meeting of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. The bill would prevent federal funding of abortion or abortion coverage in the Democrat passed health care law -- the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Additionally, the bill also provides conscience protections for health care professionals who do not participate in providing abortions. 'One of the reasons I opposed the health care law last year was because the bill did not protect the sanctity of life. In order to ensure funding restrictions on abortions, Congress must pass permanent statutory language defending the rights of the unborn.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Advertiser Tribune - Latta Delivers Pro-life Message In B.G.. 9 December 2007. "Bob Latta contrasted his pro-life views with those of his opponent, who apparently has the backing of Planned Parenthood and EMILY's List. 'One of the most important things a congressman can do is represent the values of his constituents. Just like me, the people of northwest Ohio are conservatives who believe in protecting life, preserving traditional marriage, keeping taxes low on Ohio families, and preventing illegal aliens from getting free, taxpayer funded health care.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Abortion. 21 January 2009. "I have always been pro-life. When I was in the Ohio Legislature, I had the privilege of chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Criminal Justice Committee. Probably one of the toughest days that we ever had was when we had the partial birth abortion ban bill up. [¦] We got that bill passed in Ohio to ban that horrible, horrible procedure, as discussed a little bit earlier." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. The Hill: Let's Not Give Up on Ending Taxpayer-Funded Abortions. 25 January 2012. "The rights of the unborn and conscience rights of others should not be violated, that's why we must restrict abortion funding. Not only is it the right thing to do, but it saves lives. The pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute reports that policies such as the Hyde Amendment -- a legislative provision that bans federal funding for abortions through Medicaid -- prevent abortions by 20 to 35 percent. This isn't just my belief but an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose public funding of abortion by a margin of 61 to 35 percent, according to an April 2011 poll by CNN. Currently, the Hyde amendment and other funding bans constitute a patchwork of policies, and don't cover certain funding streams in the President's new health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. For this reason, we must continue to pressure Congress to enact laws like the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. We must remain vigilant in protecting the unborn and I will continue to be an unyielding supporter of legislation that affirms the sanctity of human life." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Statement on the 39th March for Life Rally. 23 January 2012. "'Throughout my 21 years in public service, I have been proud to stand with the pro-life community and have worked to protect the rights of the unborn and the conscience rights of Americans,' said Rep. Latta. 'Now more than ever, it is important that we protect the lives of the unborn. This is evident from the Obama Administration's latest assault on the pro-life community.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Project Vote Smart: 1996 Ohio State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • National Right to Life Committee. 04/18/2012. "Bob Latta supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Planned Parenthood. 04/18/2012. "Bob Latta supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 04/18/2012. "Bob Latta supported the interests of the Family Research Council 93 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. H Amdt 509. 111th Congress. Prohibiting Federally Funded Abortion Services. Bob Latta voted Yea on 11/07/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Bob Latta voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 04/18/2012. "Bob Latta supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Latta signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Repeats Call for Permanent Extension of Current Income Tax Rates. 1 December 2010. "With an already struggling economy, we cannot afford more job losses, decreased income, and tax increases that come from inaction. I have repeatedly called for a permanent extension of the current income tax rate at all levels. If passed, these tax cuts will continue to help our struggling economy create jobs and spur economic growth. It is of the utmost importance that Congress pass, and the President sign into law, a permanent extension of these tax cuts at current levels." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Calls For Debate On Tax Cuts Set To Expire. 29 September 2010. "As I continue to tour businesses large and small across my district, I ask them what Congress needs to do to get our economy back on track. They tell me over and over that Congress continues to kill the entrepreneurial spirit that has made our country great. It is time for Congress to pass legislation that will help stimulate real economic growth, and stop these tax hikes." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Tax Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bob Latta supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 75 percent in 2007." (votesmart.org)
  • National Taxpayers Union. 04/18/2012. "Bob Latta supported reasonable tax and spending policies as defined by the National Taxpayers Union 90 percent of the time in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Opposes Democrat Budget. 13 March 2008. "Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) protected the constituents of Ohio's Fifth District today from the height of fiscal irresponsibility by voting against a $683 billion tax increase in the Democrat budget proposal. This tax increase, the largest in American history, would directly affect middle-income families, low-income earners, families with children, and small businesses over the next five years. 'This budget proposal is an irresponsible and reckless way to spend taxpayer dollars. The working-class families and small businesses in my district should not have to shoulder the burden of this tax increase, especially at a time when our economy is slowing and energy costs are rising at alarming rates.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. 15 February 2011. "The President released his budget proposal this week which reflects a pattern of record spending and even higher taxes, continued spending of funds that the United States Government does not have as we continue to borrow from other nations. During the last session of Congress alone, the President signed into law over $1.8 trillion in new government spending and over $670 billion in new job-damaging tax hikes." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. WBCO: Latta Votes to Extend Tax Cuts. 3 August 2012. "According to an independent study, these scheduled tax increases will destroy more than 700,000 jobs in the U.S. and shrink the wages of struggling Americans by 1.8 percent. Additionally, if the current tax levels are not extended, a family of four earning $50,000 a year will see a tax increase of nearly $2,200." (wbco.com)
  • Bob Latta. Representative Bob Latta Signs Pledge to Oppose Any and All Efforts to Raise Taxes if Elected to Congress. 14 September 2007. "The federal government is too big, spends too much and taxes us too often. I'll support tax relief so families can keep more of what they earn. I oppose any and all efforts to increase the income tax or any efforts to eliminate deductions or credits." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Statement on H.R.1. 28 January 2009. "The Republican alternative reduces the lowest individual income tax rate from 15% to 10% and 10% to 5% which will put an average of $500 and $1200 respectively back into the pockets of American taxpayers. This plan would also save married couples up to $3,200 per year as well. This package allows businesses to take an (up to) 20% deduction on their income which will allow them to put our neighbors and friends back to work. People in the housing market with 5% down would receive a $7,500 tax credit for new home purchases. By drastically reducing the size of the spending package, including much needed tax relief and an extension of unemployment benefits, our package is far better suited for both short and long-term economic growth." (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Latta. Latta Statement On "Stimulus" Anniversary. 17 February 2010. "One year ago today, President Obama signed the 'stimulus' package into law making a promise that with this bill, our national unemployment rate would not exceed eight percent. Unfortunately, this $1 trillion legislation has done nothing to combat our 9.7% unemployment nationwide and our 10.9% unemployment in Ohio where over 107,000 jobs have been lost since the "stimulus' package was signed into law. Littered with pork barrel spending, the 'stimulus' package continues to disappoint a majority of Americans who do not believe it created jobs or stimulated the economy. Over the past year the Administration continued to modify data as to how many jobs were 'created or saved' and failed to provide legitimate oversight as to how taxpayer dollars have been spent within this legislation." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Statement on President Obama's Address to the Joint Session of Congress. 24 February 2009. "Unfortunately, President Obama's proposed tax and spend policy outlined tonight will only send our nation further into debt and do nothing to correct the recession we are facing right now. During last week's recess, I met with over 170 constituents at local courthouse conferences one on one, and they made it very clear that they do not support these massive spending bills, whether it was the so-called 'stimulus' package or the financial market bailout. President Obama proposed billions more in spending this evening, financed by tax increases, with no guarantee to American taxpayers that these plans will work." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. HR 5297. 112th Congress. Small Business Lending Fund and Tax Law Amendments. Bob Latta voted Nay on 09/23/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Congressman Bob Latta Statement On President Obama's State Of The Union Address. 27 January 2010. "Any 'jobs' bills that are brought before Congress should focus on tax cuts and incentives for businesses who hire new employees instead of another 'stimulus' package that we now know to be nothing more than a bloated government spending program that has failed miserably, leaving taxpayers with the $862 billion dollar cost. House Republicans continue to offer cost-free legislation that will create jobs and invigorate our economy, as opposed to the Administration's position of trying to spend our way out of our predicament." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Prosperity. 04/18/2012. "Bob Latta supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • The Club for Growth. 04/18/2012. "On the votes used to calculate its ratings, The Club for Growth attaches more value to those votes it considers more important. For 2010, The Club for Growth gave Bob Latta a rating of 100 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. HR 1424. 110th Congress. Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments. Bob Latta voted Nay on 10/03/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. No Birthday Party for the Stimulus. 17 February 2011. "It is with great regret that today Americans have to be reminded about the failed stimulus policy under President Obama. It has been two years and the so-called stimulus fails to reduce unemployment and continues to contribute to our skyrocketing debt. Right now we are borrowing 42 cents on the dollar, much of it from the Chinese, to pay for this historically high spending. President Obama and Congressional Democrats declared that a massive spending package would save jobs but the high unemployment number reflects otherwise. All predictions of the stimulus spurring job creation have failed miserably; most prominently in the Administration's 2009 prediction that government spending would prevent the unemployment rate from topping eight percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Introduces "The Protecting Jobs in Your State Act of 2010". 10 December 2010. "It is well known now that the stimulus package has been a failure on multiple levels, whether it was the price tag, implementation, or oversight and federal dollars should never be used to pick winners and losers between states when it comes to job creation and retention. As our nation continues to struggle through this recession, the last thing any state needs to worry about is another state poaching jobs from them by using stimulus dollars. The disappointing examples found in Ohio, Kansas, and New York could have been prevented, but with this legislation we can stop it from happening again." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Ending Red Tape Will Help Create Jobs. 11 February 2011. "It is imperative that job creation and cutting federal spending be the focus in fixing our economy and putting Americans back to work. I personally thank all of the individuals who I have spoken to who have echoed this plea, and I will continue to work with my colleagues to address these challenges." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Co-Sponsors Social Security Check Guarantee Act. 19 July 2011. "President Obama should focus on cutting frivolous government spending and allowing seniors to keep their retirement money. Now is the time to cut and cap federal spending and balance the budget, so we can prevent future threats on today's and tomorrow's seniors." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Statement on June Numbers. 6 July 2012. "According to the recent statistics, the economy has only added an average of 75,000 jobs per month in the April-June quarter. To move towards a healthy recovery we need to add at least 200,000 jobs per month. These numbers prove that President Obama's massive federal spending and policies have failed to turn around our economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Statement on State of the Union Address. 25 January 2011. "The President's suggestion for a federal spending freeze is certainly a step in the right direction as our nation faces record debt and deficit levels, but once again this idea is two years too late as federal spending has increased over twenty two percent since he took office. Over the past two years House Republicans have repeatedly called for spending levels to be frozen at pre-bailout, pre-stimulus Fiscal Year 2008 figures, and we passed a bill on the House floor earlier today that will do just that. It is my hope that the Senate will pass this legislation and the President will sign it into law as soon as possible." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Letter to the Honorable John Boehner, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives and the Honorable Eric Cantor, Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives. 6 June 2011. "To ensure that spending cuts continue, we need statutory, enforceable total-spending caps to reduce federal spending to 18% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with automatic spending reductions if the caps are breached--an approach taken in a bill by Rep. Mack and in another bill by Reps. Kingston, Flake, and Graves." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bob Latta. Wilson's Washington Update. 8 May 2009. "Education - For young children, key investments are made in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. School age children benefit from additional funding for K-12 education programs and facilities. College age students are now eligible for higher Pell Grant rewards." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bob Latta. HR 2454. 111th Congress. Energy and Environmental Law Amendments ("Cap and Trade"). Bob Latta voted Nay on 06/26/2009. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Letter to The Honorable Hillary Clinton. 10 December 2010. "We state categorically that we will do anything and everything within our power to prevent cap-and-trade legislation as it is currently proposed from ever becoming law in the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Op-Ed: Cap and Trade, a Flawed Policy. 15 May 2009. "Cap and tax intends to improve the environment. However, the truth is that it will relocate manufacturing plants overseas to countries with less stringent environmental regulations. This will only serve to take jobs away from Ohio's Fifth District. I believe we need to improve our environment and solve our energy crisis. However, I feel that there is a better way for America to become energy independent than hurting our economy and losing jobs [¦] As a member of the American Energy Solutions Group, I am working with my colleagues to find a better solution than the tremendously flawed cap and tax proposal. Congress should never put American families in a position where they have to decide between putting food on the table and paying energy bills. I will continue to fight for energy solutions that put the American people first." (latta.house.gov)
  • Bob Latta. Toledo Business Journal: Leadership Views: Robert Latta. 1 January 2012. "With the recovery grinding to a halt, the White House and the Senate should set aside their differences with the House of Representatives and work on passing important legislation that improves American manufacturing, global competitiveness, energy prices, and jobs. In addition to the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act, REINS, and TRAIN Act, the House has passed other bills that help create a more business-friendly environment [¦] The Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910) Prohibits the federal government from regulating greenhouse gas emissions; thereby preventing a needless increase in energy prices for American households and businesses." (www.toledobiz.com)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Statement On Jobs-Killing EPA Regulation. 15 October 2010. "I am proud to represent the largest manufacturing district in the Ohio congressional delegation and the 20th largest manufacturing district in the country. The proposed rule coming from the EPA is nothing more than a backdoor national energy tax that will cripple our manufacturing base. In Ohio, this rule would have a projected tax hike of $69.2 billion and the potential to lose over 296,000 manufacturing jobs, on top of the current 10.1 percent unemployment rate in the state. This is the last thing Ohio and our country needs in this time of economic uncertainty." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Votes to End EPA Oversight over Greenhouse Gases. 15 March 2011. "Not only are the EPA's green house gas regulations and the FCC's net neutrality rules bad policy, I do not believe that either agency possesses the authority under current law to put these rules into effect. Limiting these agencies powers will help prevent government intervention of the Internet, keep energy prices affordable and stop job killing regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Op-Ed: House Republicans Introduce American Energy Act. 12 June 2009. "Under the proposed Democratic Cap and Tax policy, rural congressional districts like mine would be especially hard hit because of our reliance on coal generated power and petroleum based fuels for work, travel, and recreation. Cap and Trade is nothing more than a national energy tax that will only raise energy prices and increase our already staggering unemployment rate." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. The Impact Of Cap-And-Trade On Manufacturers Using Coal-Generated Energy. 19 May 2009. "We have plants that might employ 50, 100 people. But those are the folks that make this economy run because small business is the main economic engine for this country. [¦] We can't have a national energy tax because if we do that, these companies are going to shut down, and they're never going to open up again." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Cap and Trade. 13 May 2009. "If we want to make sure that we can compete in this country and we can make sure that we have those jobs in this country to compete against the rest of the world, we have to make sure that we have the costs down. If we go through this cap-and-tax, it's going to be a bad day for America." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. EPA Rules Lead to Shutdowns in Ohio. 10 June 2011. "This is a perfect example of the EPA's assault on American business and the economy. The cost of complying with burdensome regulations will cause higher electricity bills and fewer jobs in America. Time and time again, I, along with other members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, have said that overreaching regulations and stringent timetables for compliance are a deterrent to job growth and energy stability." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Hearing Of The Subcommittee On Conservation, Credit, Energy And Research Of The House Committee On Agriculture - Climate Change Legislation And Its Potential Economic Impacts On The Farming Sector. 2 December 2009. "These current pieces of legislation and proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations will not only kill jobs in the United States, but will destroy the agriculture, manufacturing and small business jobs in my Congressional District and throughout the country. These are the same small businesses that make roughly 70-80 percent of all new jobs in the United States each year." (votesmart.org)
  • League of Conservation Voters. 04/18/2012. "Bob Latta supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Environment America. 04/18/2012. "Bob Latta supported the interests of Environment America 13 percent in 2009." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Bob Latta voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Bob Latta. HR 6842. 110th Congress. Repealing Portions of the D.C. Firearm Ban. Bob Latta voted Yea on 09/17/2008. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Bob Latta in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Bob Latta in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Statement Regarding Supreme Court Ruling. 26 June 2008. "Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement after today's Supreme Court ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller. 'Today's landmark decision reaffirms our citizens' Second Amendment right to bear arms. No law abiding citizen should be denied this constitutional right based on what city they live in, and I applaud the Supreme Court's decision that recognizes this.'" (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Receives NRA Endorsement. 29 June 2012. "The National Rifle Association (NRA) Political Victory Fund has announced their endorsement of Congressman Bob Latta for re-election in Ohio's 5th Congressional District primary election. The NRA has awarded Congressman Latta with an "A+" rating for his pro Second Amendment voting record. 'I am a strong advocate of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and will continue to defend a citizen's right to keep and bear arms. I am proud to receive this endorsement,' Congressman Latta stated." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. 04/18/2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Bob Latta a grade of 91." (votesmart.org)

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  • Bob Latta. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I rise to express my strong opposition to ObamaCare. ObamaCare will single-handedly have more negative ramifications on the American economy than any bill passed in our Nation's history. If not repealed, the $1.2 trillion government takeover of health care will increase the cost of care, eliminate jobs, and cause budget deficits and the national debt to explode." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Opposes Government Takeover Of Nation's Health Care System. 21 March 2010. "Even though a health care reform bill is on its way to the President for his signature, this battle is far from over and I look forward to standing with the American people as we continue to fight against this unprecedented government takeover of our nation's health care system." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Obamacare: Unhappy Anniversary. 23 March 2011. "Obamacare is restraining an economic recovery and destroying jobs by burdening entrepreneurs and employers with tax increases and costly regulations. The Democrats' health care plan must be replaced with common-sense reform that allows for lower health care premiums through increased competition and choice, protects patients with pre-existing conditions, and reforms the medical liability system to help get rid of junk lawsuits." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta, House Republicans Present A Pledge To America. "To honor the will of the people and protect the American health care system, we have a plan to repeal the new health care law and replace it with solutions to bring down costs. And as Americans increasingly view Congress as a broken institution, we offer a plan for reform to provide real accountability and transparency." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Statement on Health Care Law Court Ruling. 13 December 2010. "After defying the will of the American people by forcing the government takeover of our nation's health care system through the legislative process, it should come as no surprise that Congressional Democrats defied the Constitution when drafting this legislation. The American people and Congressional Republicans consistently pointed to the individual mandate portion of this legislation as an unprecedented invasion of personal liberties and an unchecked power grab by the federal government. House Republicans remain committed to passing meaningful health care legislation that Americans want- without tax increases or government mandates."
  • Bob Latta. Latta Statement on Democrat Health Care Law Court Ruling. 1 February 2011. "I applaud yesterday's decision by the District Court. As Republicans in Congress repeated over the past two years, and Judge Vinson ruled, the individual mandate portion of the health care law is unconstitutional because it forces Americans to purchase health care coverage, which violates the Commerce Clause of the Constitution. Additionally, Judge Vinson ruled that because the individual mandate is non-severable, the entire health care law is unconstitutional. Congressional Democrats and the President not only ignored a majority of Americans by passing a heath care bill they did not want, but they violated the Constitution in the process." (votesmart.org)
  • American Public Health Association. 04/18/2012. "Bob Latta supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Bob Latta voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)

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  • Bob Latta. HR 5281. 112th Congress. DREAM Act. Bob Latta voted Nay on 12/08/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Weirauch Admits Her Support Of Free Healthcare For Illegal Aliens. 6 December 2007. "Voters are getting a preview of the way Robin Weirauch would vote if elected to Congress. I don't support taxpayer funded benefits of any kind for illegal immigrants. It is an insult to taxpayers for Mrs. Weirauch to say she is tough on illegal immigration at the same time she is supporting a bill that would give free healthcare to illegal aliens." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Representative Bob Latta Announces Candidacy for Congress in Ohio's Fifth Congressional District; Praises Service of Congressman Paul Gillmor. 14 Spetember 2007. "Our borders are broken. I'll fight to secure our borders and stop illegal immigration because we should not reward those whose first act is to violate our sovereignty and break our laws." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Advertiser Tribune - Latta Delivers Pro-life Message In B.G.. 9 December 2007. "One of the most important things a congressman can do is represent the values of his constituents. Just like me, the people of northwest Ohio are conservatives who believe in protecting life, preserving traditional marriage, keeping taxes low on Ohio families, and preventing illegal aliens from getting free, taxpayer funded health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Bob Latta in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute. 04/18/2012. "Bob Latta supported the interests of National Latino Congreso/William C. Velásquez Institute 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed Bob Latta in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Federation for American Immigration Reform. 04/18/2012. "Bob Latta supported the interests of the Federation for American Immigration Reform 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Toledo Blade: Latta's ads highlight GOP disconnect on immigration policy. 13 December 2007. "No amnesty for illegal immigrants. Secure our borders. No driver's license. Cut off taxpayer-subsidized welfare benefits. And Bob Latta will fight to cut foreign aid to countries encouraging illegal immigration to America." (www.toledoblade.com)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Bob Latta. Advertiser Tribune - Latta Delivers Pro-life Message In B.G.. 9 December 2007. "Just like me, the people of northwest Ohio are conservatives who believe in protecting life, preserving traditional marriage, keeping taxes low on Ohio families, and preventing illegal aliens from getting free, taxpayer funded health care." (votesmart.org)
  • American Family Association. 04/18/2012. "Bob Latta supported the interests of the American Family Association 100 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. HR 2965. 112th Congress. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act. Bob Latta voted Nay on 12/15/2010. (votesmart.org)
  • Human Rights Campaign. 04/18/2012. "Bob Latta supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 0 percent in 2010." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Representative Bob Latta Announces Candidacy for Congress in Ohio's Fifth Congressional District; Praises Service of Congressman Paul Gillmor. 14 September 2007. "Our unique American history, heritage and culture are worth defending. I'll defend our traditional values by standing up for the right to life of the unborn, defending traditional marriage, working to preserve our 2nd Amendment rights, and protecting the religious freedoms upon which our nation was founded." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Letter to the Honorable Barack H. Obama, President of the United States. 22 March 2011. "Dear President Obama: We are writing to express our great concern and disapproval over your recent announcement to no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Your decision casts doubt on the trust the American people place in our government as a whole, and in the authority of the Constitution specifically." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. 2 November 2011. "As you know, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by Congress with bipartisan support and signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. The law of the land is the federal government defines marriage as between one man and one woman. Unfortunately, the Department of Defense seems intent on circumventing this law." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Protecting the Defense of Marriage Act. 9 March 2011. "It is imperative that we remain vigilant and protect the current laws that protect our sacred institution of marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman." (latta.house.gov)

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  • Bob Latta. Statement by Congressman Latta on the Death of Osama bin Laden. 2 May 2011. "I hail, with the utmost respect, the courage and dedication of our Armed Forces and intelligence agencies who have brought long awaited justice to the victims of the September 11th attacks. While al-Qaeda is still a dangerous foe, all Americans can take solace in removing this unrepentant murderer from the world. The road to winning the War on Terror is long and hard, but it is winnable, and this is a major milestone towards victory." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Statement on the Seventh Anniversary of September 11th Attacks. 11 September 2008. "Now more than ever, our country stands together as we continue to fight the global war on terror and bring those responsible for these cowardly acts to justice. Our troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, and across the globe continue to defend our freedoms and liberties, keeping us safe from those who wish to compromise them." (votesmart.org)

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  • Alliance for Retired Americans. 04/18/2012. "Bob Latta supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 40 percent in 2008." (votesmart.org)
  • Bob Latta. Latta Co-Sponsors Social Security Check Guarantee Act. 19 July 2011. "The possibility of denying Social Security checks is a betrayal to seniors. President Obama should focus on cutting frivolous government spending and allowing seniors to keep their retirement money. Now is the time to cut and cap federal spending and balance the budget, so we can prevent future threats on today's and tomorrow's seniors." (votesmart.org)

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Ohio State Legislative Election 1996 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.

a) Abortions should always be legally available.
b) Abortions should be legally available when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of the pregnancy.
Xc) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or if the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should always be illegal.
e) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Xf) Ohio government funding should not be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action in Ohio

a) Ohio government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public and private sector.
b) Ohio government should provide no affirmative action programs.
c) Ohio government should add sexual orientation to Ohio's anti-discrimination laws.
d) Ohio government should not add sexual orientation to Ohio's anti-discrimination laws.

Indicate what changes you support (if any) concerning levels of funding for the following categories. Select one number only.

Eliminatea) Abortion
Slightly Decreaseb) Affirmative Action
Slightly Increasec) Agriculture
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Health Care
Slightly Increaseg) Law Enforcement
Maintain Statush) Welfare

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address child and family-related issues in Ohio.

Xa) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime in Ohio.

a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Expand and promote "community policing" programs.
Xc) Support "truth in sentencing" legislation for violent criminals so they serve their full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
Xf) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Require mandatory life sentences for third time, violent felons.
Xh) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
i) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentence.
j) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences associated with drug-related crimes.
l) Implement chain gangs in which prison inmates work together in chained work groups.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime in Ohio.

Xa) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
Xb) Provide state funding for military-style "boot-camps" for first-time juvenile felons.
Xc) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xd) Support state government funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
Xe) Support mandatory curfews for minors in high crime areas.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Ohio's economic development.

Xa) Increase state funds for improving the state's transportation system, including major roadways, railways and airports.
Xb) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for expanding, start-up or relocating businesses.
c) Expand legalized gambling (e.g. riverboat casinos).
Xd) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
e) Remove state governmental controls or caps from wages, prices, rents, profits, production, and interest rates.
Xf) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xg) Increase state funding for programs to re-train unemployed workers.
Xh) Require a cost/benefit analysis of all state laws and regulations to determine their economic impact.
i) Create state-funded incentives for housing development in rural and urban areas.
j) Support the use of state funding for the construction of sports stadiums and arenas in Ohio.
Xk) Oppose the use of state funding for the construction of sports stadiums and arenas in Ohio.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Ohio's public education system.

a) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
Xb) Endorse teacher-led voluntary school prayer in public schools.
Xc) Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school programs.
Xd) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious, technical).
Xe) Implement charter schools where teachers and other professionals get state authorization and funding to establish schools.
Xf) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all state public schools.
Xg) Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
Xh) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
i) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
j) Fund public school education in Ohio by increases in state taxes rather than by using local property taxes.
Xk) Provide state funding for programs which increase student access to the Internet and other telecommunications networks.
l) Increase state funding for school building improvement and maintenance.
m) Support allocating more state education funding to Ohio's lowest-wealth districts and less to the highest-wealth districts.
Xn) Restrict driving privileges and/or sports participation of students with poor academic performance.
o) Support Ohio schools' participation in "Goals 2000", the federal program which establishes academic standards.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Ohio's environment and natural resources.

a) Enact tougher environmental standards to encourage the sale of cleaner burning fuels throughout Ohio.
Xb) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for polluting industries to clean up pollution.
Xc) Require a cost/benefit analysis be completed to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
Xd) Require the state to reimburse citizens when state-sponsored environmental regulations limit use of privately owned land.
Xe) Provide funding for recycling programs in Ohio.
Xf) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding environmental regulations.
Xg) Suspend Ohio's participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
Xh) Maintain minimum environmental quality as mandated by current federal regulations.
Xi) Support "right to know" laws for workers exposed to hazardous substances.
Xj) Support legislation which would require polluting industries to pay for environmental cleanup.
k) Support construction of a facility in Ohio to house low-level radioactive waste from Ohio and five other states.
l) Support and enforce fuel price cap legislation.
Xm) Provide state funding for programs that reward farmers for conserving soil and using minimal fertilizers and pesticides.

a) Do you support the current law which limits the terms of the following Ohio officials?

Yes1) State Senators and Representatives (8 years)
Yes2) Governors (two 4 year terms)
Yes3) Certain elected statewide officials (e.g. Attorney General, Secretary of State) (two 4 year terms)
Yesb) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
Yesc) Do you support requiring limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesd) Do you support requiring limits on PAC contributions to state legislative candidates?
e) Do you support requiring limits on corporate contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesf) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesg) Do you support imposing spending limits on political campaigns?
Noh) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
Yesi) Do you support decentralizing some state agencies to outside Columbus?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.

a) Support expanding the nationwide ban on the public sale of assault weapons to include all forms of semi-automatic weapons.
b) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
c) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on possessing firearms.
Xd) Ease state procedures and restrictions on the purchase and registration of firearms.
Xe) Repeal all state bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms.
Xf) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms.
Xg) Support legislation which would ban guns in school zones.

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning Ohio's health care system.

Xa) Expand state funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.
Xb) Provide tax incentives to assist small businesses in providing health care to their employees.
c) Ensure that Ohio citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state funded care where necessary.
Xd) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
Xe) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Xf) Request a waiver from the federal government to provide Medicaid services through privately operated insurance systems.
Xg) Provide state financial assistance to seniors who wish to remain at home as an alternative to a nursing home.
Xh) Allow citizens to open tax-free medical savings accounts to be taxed if used for other than medical purposes.
Xi) Continue trend toward removing most medical services (except long term/nursing home care) from state regulation.
j) Encourage local health departments to distribute condoms as a preventive measure against AIDS.
Xk) Create incentives that increase the supply and retention of health professionals in rural areas and inner cities.

Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) concerning Ohio's tax levels for the following categories.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol Taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Business Taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Capital Gains
Slightly Decreased) Income Taxes (incomes less than $75,000)
Slightly Decreasee) Income Taxes (incomes greater than $75,000)
Slightly Decreasef) Property Taxes
Maintain Statusg) Sales Taxes
Maintain Statush) State Fees
Maintain Statusi) Gasoline Taxes
Yesj) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?

Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Ohio's welfare system.

a) Provide child care services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
Xb) Allow welfare recipients to work and still receive state-funded health care and child care until they become self-sufficient.
Xc) Require that able-bodied recipients receive job training, attend school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
Xd) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive welfare benefits.
e) Limit the welfare benefits given to recipients if they have additional children.
f) Provide two-parent families living in poverty the same welfare benefits as one-parent families.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare and advocate privately funded assistance to people in need.
Xh) Impose a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
i) Support "Communities of Opportunity" program in which the state of Ohio would subsidize employers who hire welfare recipients.
Explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if elected to the Ohio State Legislature. If any of your priorities will require additional government funding, explain how you intend to obtain the additional funding.

When I am elected to the Ohio Senate, two of my goals will be further reform of the Bureau of Workers Compensation and tort reform. Both areas are critical to retaining and attracting businesses to Ohio.