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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois

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March 19, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) ranked among the top 11% in the House of Representatives for bipartisanship, according to the Lugar Center, led by former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. The Bipartisan Index measures how often a member of Congress introduces bills that succeed in attracting co-sponsors from members of the other party, and how often they in turn co-sponsor a bill introduced from across the aisle.
February 8, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) announced that he will co-sponsor the Employer Participation in Repayment Act, which would incentivize employers to offer student loan assistance to help their employees pay off student loan debt. The bill would help companies recruit and retain employees by making student loan payments by employers tax exempt up to $5,250 a year—similar to tax exemptions for tuition assistance programs.
January 17, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced he has nominated 18 local students for admittance to the U.S. Service Academies. Nominations were made following the recommendations of an independent panel that reviewed applications and conducted formal interviews. Final determination on admission is made by the individual academies.
January 16, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced he is seeking a wounded warrior or medically-retired veteran for a position in either his O’Fallon or Carbondale district office. The veteran chosen for the fellowship will engage in community outreach and act as a facilitator between constituents and federal, state, and local agencies.
October 2, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced a $357,375 federal grant to improve security at Union County schools. The grant was awarded through the School Violence Prevention Program, a Department of Justice (DOJ) program created by bipartisan legislation sponsored by Bost. The Securing Our Schools Act was signed into law in March 2018. Bost sent a letter to local government officials to raise awareness of the funding availability and met with school administrators in Anna this summer. 91 jurisdictions were awarded school safety grants nationwide, including 7 in Illinois during the program’s first year. 8 Union County schools were awarded a total of $357,375. The program is expected to grow as awareness increases.
August 14, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a National Science Foundation (NSF) funding award of $180,000 and a Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) award of $244,850 to SIU Carbondale. The NSF grant will support a project related to quantum computing, while the HHS grant will be used to further research into the development and function of Sertoli cells.
July 9, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL12) today announced the availability of federal grants to improve security at schools. The School Violence Prevention Program is a Department of Justice program that funds the grants. It was created by bipartisan legislation, the Securing Our Schools Act, sponsored by Rep. Bost and signed into law in March 2018. Rep. Bost sent a letter to local government officials to raise awareness of the funding availability. Grant applications are due by July 30, 2018.
June 6, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a $2.2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) funding award made to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. The funding will improve educational practices of STEM teacher leaders through engaging activities, targeted mentoring, and a partnership with the Science Center of Carbondale.
May 31, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (IL-12) hosted a school safety summit Wednesday with teachers, education professionals, online safety experts, law enforcement, and school resource officers to discuss ways to keep kids safe in and out of the classroom. Bost provided an update on current legislative efforts to curb school violence, protect children online, and combat drug addiction among minors.
April 27, 2018 Press Release
The House of Representatives today passed bipartisan legislation by a vote of 393 to 13 that reforms the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), strengthens passenger protections, and improves America’s long-term stability and competitiveness. Included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4) were Bost’s amendments directing the Department of Transportation to better comply with “Buy America” requirements and encouraging colleges and universities to partner with aviation companies to promote careers in the industry.