Ohio Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) issued a statement this week applauding a significant investment in broadband internet for the state of Ohio. However, critics are pointing out that Latta voted against the legislation that enabled this funding — the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Latta, who serves as the chair of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, expressed the following sentiments in his statement: “Today’s state allocation announcement is an important step in our work to close the digital divide. Especially now that these resources have been allocated, we need to make sure that the funds are used to connect every American. Energy and Commerce will continue our oversight to make sure the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is carrying out its responsibilities according to congressional intent, which includes making those investments in a technology-neutral way that avoids overbuilding and other wasteful spending. That is how we make sure every unserved American has access to affordable, reliable broadband services.”
This situation reflects a pattern of Ohio Republicans claiming credit for initiatives spearheaded by Ohio Democrats aimed at advancing the state’s economy and assisting working families.
Matt Keyes, a spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party, didn’t mince words in responding to Latta’s actions, stating, “Thanks to the work of Ohio Democrats, more Ohioans in Bob Latta’s district will be able to use their faster internet connection to Google his record of voting against their interests. It’s shameful that Latta is trying to take credit for legislation he voted against, but Republican politicians in Ohio have shown time and again they’re incapable of shame.”