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LATTA STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT’S AFGHANISTAN REMARKS

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement after President Obama’s speech at West Point this evening.

Guernica interviews Marcy Kaptur about her thoughts on the foreclosure crisis

Last April, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur of Ohio attended a Washington dinner where Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JP Morgan Chase, was a speaker. Kaptur, whose district includes Toledo and counties along the Michigan border, had recently been told by local realtors that JP Morgan Chase was a top forecloser in the area—and this in a district devastated by the economic downturn. Foreclosures had almost doubled, unemployment was close to 20 percent in some areas, and Toledo was now the eighth poorest city in the nation.

Joe the Plumber talks to Editor and Publisher

Joe the Plumber has a one-to-one with Editor and Publisher. He gives his thoughts on the media, Sarah Palin, and of course Obama.
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LOGAN, UTAH Forever a part of American electoral history, Joe Wurzelbacher--better known as "Joe the Plumber"--is hitting back at the media for its coverage of him over the past year, telling Editor & Publisher the reporting has been "poorly done."

Latta Calls for Oversight Board to Review Stimulus Spending in Ohio

WASHINGTON- Yesterday, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) and seven Republican members of the Ohio Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and asked him to establish a bipartisan, independent oversight board to review how stimulus funds are being spent in Ohio. A copy of the letter can be found here. This is the second letter sent to Governor Strickland calling for such a board to be created.

Latta Upper Sandusky Citizen Forum

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) will host a Citizens Forum on Monday, November 23rd from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. at the Upper Sandusky High School Auditorium located at 800 North Sandusky Street, Upper Sandusky.

The Citizens Forum will provide an opportunity to discuss important issues facing Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District.

All media and the public are invited and encouraged to attend.

Our view on defense earmarks: Campaign cash for contracts casts Congress in a bad light

USA Today's stance on the PMA scandal:
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When it came out last month that seven members of a key House committee were under scrutiny by ethics investigators, House leaders were outraged.

Not about the clear implication of the inquiry — that defense contracts are for sale. The leaders were upset about the accidental leak that allowed the information to come out publicly.

http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/11/debate-on-defense-earmarks-our-vi...

In House, Many Spoke With One Voice: Lobbyists’

Just sickening. When Congress speaks, they are literally using the works of Corporate America.

"In the official record of the historic House debate on overhauling health care, the speeches of many lawmakers echo with similarities. Often, that was no accident.

Statements by more than a dozen lawmakers were ghostwritten, in whole or in part, by Washington lobbyists working for Genentech, one of the world’s largest biotechnology companies." (continued)

Kaptur says she was never approached by ethics panel

The Hill is reporting on the latest saga on the Kaptur's involvement with the PMA scandal investigation. Kaptur wants to clarify that she never was approached by the full ethics panel, but has been interviewed by the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE). Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) both spoke to the Hill about this.

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But both said late last week that the full House panel has neither interviewed them nor asked either for any information about their interactions with or political contributions from the former lobbying group....

The article also says:
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Bob Latta statement on the Fort Hood shootings

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement in the wake of yesterday’s shooting at Fort Hood.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and friends, and all of our armed forces in the wake of this tragic event at Ft. Hood. Our nation asks much of its armed forces and now more than ever they need our support as the details of this senseless act of violence come to light.”

Marcy is demanding answers on the ethics leak - according to the Hill

Marcy is demanding "a full accounting" of the leak showing she was brought before the ethics committee about her connections with the disgraced PMA Group. Why not?

LATTA TRICARE LANGUAGE INCLUDED IN FINAL PASSAGE OF NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) announced that on Wednesday, October 28th, President Barack Obama signed the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law which included TRICARE legislation Congressman Latta authored.

Congressman Latta’s TRICARE language was amended into the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2010 during debate in the House and Senate.

EDITORIAL The House Ethics Committee at Work

A computer gaffe has revealed some of the secretive workings of the House ethics committee, including preliminary inquiries into complaints against 19 members and some of their staff. The accidental disclosure, made by a staffer who was later fired, sent a bipartisan jolt through Congress, which is already wary about new and long overdue mandates for greater ethical transparency.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/31/opinion/31sat3.html

EDITORIAL: Old-school corruption

Before taking control of the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "Democrats intend to lead the most honest, most open, and most ethical Congress in history." However, with dozens of mostly Democratic lawmakers and various staff under investigation by the House's twin ethics bodies, the majority clearly values political power over clean government.

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/nov/02/old-school-corruption/?feat=...

Hoyer: Democrats meeting pledge to ‘drain swamp’ on ethics

The dozens of investigations of lawmakers revealed last week by an accidental ethics committee leak show that Democrats are living up to their pledge to make Congress more ethical, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday.

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/66071-hoyer-democrats-meeting-pledge-t...

Kaptur speaks some more to Columbus Dispatch (well spokesperson)

According to Columbus Dispatch, Marcy's spokesperson says "Kaptur was attempting to help Toledo-area companies"

Hmm, then why do you need donations?

Note Xunlight came up again in this article. If you investigate the times of the donations, who they donated to, then when they get federal money, the timing is quite interesting.

But let's not forget, this "helping them" reasoning has been used more than once.
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Read the rest at:
Rep. Kaptur's Earmarks Part of Ethics Probe

More on PMA investigation involving Kaptur and PMA group

Here is a news round-up from the past 24 hrs:

Ethics Inquiries Into Lawmakers Surface via Security Breach
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/us/politics/30ethics.html

House Ethics Panel Probes Earmarks by 7 Lawmakers
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125687195676817779.html

Ethics list heavy on defense spenders
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1009/28930.html

Rep. Kaptur's earmarks part of ethics probe
http://dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2009/10/31/kaptur.AR...

What the House ethics papers say about the PMA probe

Washington Post: Kaptur is 1 of 7 being investigated by ethics committee

Washington Post is reporting Marcy Kaptur is one of the seven being investigated for her ties to the PMA Group in the PMA Scandal. To see the full history, please check out the link to the right.
http://swampbubbles.com/person-or-thing-interest/pma-scandal
According to the Post, Kaptur was interviewed last week about her activities.

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Latta on HR 3962

WASHINGTON- Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) made the following statement after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrat Leadership unveiled H.R. 3962.

“After weeks of discussion behind closed doors with no Republican input, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrat Leadership have finally unveiled their health care reform bill to the American people.

LATTA CALLS FOR HEARING ON SMALL BUSINESS LENDING

LATTA CALLS FOR HEARING ON SMALL BUSINESS LENDING

Letter to House Financial Services and Small Business Committees Asks for Hearings to Examine the State of Lending to Small Businesses

WASHINGTON- Today, Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) sent a letter to House of Representatives Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) and House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) requesting a joint committee hearing on the state of lending to small businesses in the United States.

Earmark Probe Focusing on Former Aide to Visclosky

A federal investigation into defense contracts awarded through congressional earmarks is increasingly focused on a former top aide to Rep. Peter J. Visclosky (D-Ind.) who worked with the congressman on funding requests from clients of a powerful lobbying firm, according to two sources familiar with the probe.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/16/AR200910...

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