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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois

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May 16, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today reintroduced the bipartisan Beginning Agriculturist Lifetime Employment (BALE) Act, legislation he introduced during the last Congress to ensure agricultural producers—especially those just getting started—have access to credit to expand or diversify their operations. The previous iteration of the bill was not signed into law, however, congressional negotiators raised the lending caps to $1.75 million, rather than the $2.5 million Bost requested. This year’s bill would again raise the cap to $2.5 million.
May 14, 2019 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (IL-12) and Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced a resolution honoring the accomplishments of Arthur “Art” Simon – founder of Bread for the World, an anti-hunger advocacy organization. Art Simon has been a leader on the fight to end hunger around the world and has authored a number of books on the issue including “Bread for the World” – for which he won the national Religious Book Award – and “The Politics of World Hunger” – co-authored by his late brother, Senator Paul Simon (D-IL).
May 2, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (IL-12) and Dan Lipinski today introduced the Act, which helps ensure that federal agencies adhere to Buy American laws and prioritize the purchase of American-made goods. Recognizing taxpayers’ overwhelming support for proposals that strengthen Buy America laws, the legislation directs the General Services Administration to establish a website,, to collect and display information about each request by a federal agency to bypass “Buy American” laws and purchase foreign-made products. Manufacturers and others will be able to use the site to identify contract opportunities and challenge pending “Buy American” waivers sought by federal agencies.
April 18, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that applications for up to $500,000 in federal school safety grants would be accepted through May 31st. The COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) grants were created through Bost’s bipartisan legislation, the Securing Our Schools Act, which was signed into law in March 2018. Ninety-one school districts were awarded grants last year, including seven in Illinois.
April 18, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement Thursday morning regarding the upcoming release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election:

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