Rep. Bob Latta has avoided face to face town hall events, and constituents who have tried to schedule individual meetings have been ignored. At a recent town hall held by neighboring district Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D OH-9) recently, she thought Rep. Latta was probably afraid to face voters. And he certainly has good reason. But there could be another reason Latta can so blithely ignore the legion of concerned voters in Ohio 5 that will be discussed in this post, but it’s important for voters to know that they have an increasing array of alternatives to this un-Representative.
It’s good time to think about the men and women who serve our country in the armed forces. One of the stories that has been brushed aside by the avalanche of White House scandals are the quietly changing policies about how troops are deployed and how military force is being used overseas. Congress can, and should, exert some oversight in these matters, and at the very least, should speak substantively on these issues.
In January, there was a hard fought battle over the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education. “Compassionate conservative” Rob Portman was begged by Ohioans to vote NO, and considering that it took a tie breaking vote by the Vice President to confirm this nominee, a NO vote by Portman would have made all the difference.
Now in May, as the President’s budget is being rolled out, the real dangers of an anti-public school Education Secretary who has no experience dealing with a huge budget or, apparently, concern for students are clear.
Another day, another bombshell. The New York Times recently reported information from a memo written by dismissed FBI director James Comey. The memo records a conversation with the President where the President asked the FBI director to just “let it go” instead of investigating Michael Flynn, who had resigned as NSA director the day before. (The President also talked about leaks and suggested it would be a good idea to jail journalists–no one is focusing on that part of the memo, but in any other circumstances, that would be the big news!)
This is on top of the many events related to the Russia investigation–and the White House trying to impede that investigation or cozy up to the Russians that was mentioned in another post.
Ohio 5 is waiting for Bob Latta to be a leader. What have we gotten? Silence.
The wheels are coming off the administration: within the last week, the President fired the director of the FBI, used his deputy AG to cover up the reason for the firing, then admitted on a national TV interview that, yes, the Russia investigation was on his mind. Then, the President threatened Comey not to “leak,” and also invited two high ranking Russian officials into the Oval Office, but excluded the US (but not Russian) press and then divulged to these officials classified intelligence information, mainly because he’s a braggart who doesn’t know any better, it seems.
Congress is the a constitutionally mandated check on the President. But Republican leaders have been complicit or quiet as this dangerous chaos reign. How are Rob and Bob representing us?
With the narrow passage of the American Health Care Act in the House of Representatives, the bill (or a health care bill) will be considered by the Senate next.
Rob Portman is one of the Senators that people are watching. Not only is he one of the 13 men (12 white guys and Ted Cruz) Mitch McConnell has assigned to work on the Senate version of the bill, but he has spoken out against the current version of the bill. Plus, Portman is a compassionate conservative, so we should all have faith that he will move this bill towards the center.
This post explains three important health care issues to talk to Rob Portman about.
Bob Latta is not a member of the extremist Freedom Caucus in the House — that is, the members formerly known as the Tea Party. But he may as well be. This graphic shows that Latta’s votes are almost identical to Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows. On the recent health care vote, Bob Latta’s “Yes” vote was never in doubt.
The House Republican’s bill is a NOT a health care plan. It’s a tax cut for the rich.
Let’s take a closer look at the bill and Latta’s extreme position.
Congress is back in session after two weeks. Over the recess, members of congress have time to connect with their constituents. This post will review Rob and Bob’s recess activities and look ahead to the key issues they will be facing as Congress resumes its work.
Rob and Bob have been spending a lot of time promoting and voting for various de-regulation efforts. And, de-regulation as a topic is a winner–not controversial like building a wall or getting rid of people’s healthcare. It’s also wonky enough that most people don’t look too much further than the glib assurances that it’s a good thing.
But, as boring as this topic might be, it’s really important, so let’s take a few minutes to look at a couple of initiatives these guys are really proud of that aren’t quite what they seem.
When Silence isn’t Golden
Congress is enjoying a two week recess, and it’s a time when representatives should be interacting with their constituents. Yet many Republican members of congress, including Rob Portman and Bob Latta have scheduled no public events where voters can engage them in conversations about past votes or upcoming policies.
Contact Rob and Bob and tell them you’d like to talk to them at a town hall.
In the meantime, here are a few things they are NOT speaking out about: