Bob Latta

House Begins Work on Over-the-Counter Drug Fees
FDA director: Consumers unprotected and manufacturers open to liability

(U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Scott Jackson)

The House began public deliberations Wednesday on a bill that would boost the Food and Drug Administration’s oversight of over-the-counter drugs in exchange for industry-paid fees.

A bipartisan draft bill released earlier this week has support from the FDA and the over-the-counter drug industry. Under the new proposal, drug manufacturers would pay an annual fee for their facilities and an extra fee each time they submit a request to review proposed changes related to their product.

Word on the Hill: Get Cultured in Rayburn
Yappy hour, and honoring the Mooch

A preview of the artwork from Asian-American artists on display in Rayburn today. (Courtesy Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation)

There are three different opportunities today to check out Asian-American artists and history in the Rayburn House Office Building.

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is hosting an art exhibit “War and Refuge: Reflections on the Vietnamese Refugee Experience and Its Applicability to the Global Migration Crisis” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the building’s foyer. The foundation works to educate people about the ideology, history, and legacy of communism in order to create “a world free from the false hope of communism.”

Word on the Hill: Toomey Checks Out New American Revolution Museum
Lawmakers celebrate National Park Week

Pennsylvania Sen. Patrick J. Toomey got an early look at a new museum in Philadelphia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., recently got a sneak peak at the Museum of theAmerican Revolution in Philadelphia, which is set to open to the public on Wednesday.

It is the first national museum that tells the entire story of the American Revolution and has more than 3,000 items in its collection, CBS reported.

Meat vs. Veggie Showdown on National Hot Dog Day
PETA not happy over Meat Institute's annual hot dog lunch

South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, second from right, poses for a picture with members of his staff during the North American Meat Institute's annual hot dog lunch. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

With only the front security entrance to Rayburn separating them, traditional hot dogs and veggie dogs were handed out for lunch simultaneously. So which do you choose?

Several hot dog companies passed out the classic summer chow in the 97-degree heat. Another perk was that former Major League Baseball players were signing balls and bats for attendees.  

Former Ohio Congressman Del Latta Dies
Father of Rep. Bob Latta served 30 years in Congress

Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, center, talks with Ohio Rep. Del Latta, left, and House Minority Leader Robert Michel of Illinois in January 1985. (AP Photo/John Duricka)

Delbert L. Latta, a former member of Congress for 30 years and the father of current Ohio Rep. Bob Latta died on Thursday. He was 96.  

Latta, known as Del, died of an extended illness at a nursing home in Bowling Green, Ohio.