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July 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced over $5.7 million in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grants for Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Mt. Vernon City Schools. These grants will be used to support Head Start programs that promote early learning for income eligible families with preschool age children in Jackson, Williamson, and Jefferson counties.

May 11, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that federal school safety grant applications for up to $500,000 will be accepted through June 22nd at 6:59pm CDT. 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. One hundred sixty school districts and police departments were awarded grants last year, including nine in Illinois – three of which were in the 12th Congressional District.

April 30, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC), the lead Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee, today penned a letter to U.S. Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona regarding the department’s refusal to release a report showing the impact that the federal government’s miscalculations on student loan budget projections had on taxpayer dollars and the students, themselves.

March 16, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today introduced the Rural Education Investment Act to combat inadequate funding and teacher shortages in rural schools. The bipartisan legislation requires the U.S. Department of Education to ensure that Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant funding is equal to the percentage of K-12 students living in a rural area. 

September 14, 2020 Press Release

CARBONDALE, IL — U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced over $830,000 in federal grants for East St. Louis, Jefferson County, and Franklin County schools to strengthen security in the classroom. Over 160 jurisdictions nationwide applied and received grants through a Department of Justice School Violence Prevention Program initiative that Bost introduced and had signed into law in 2018.

August 14, 2020 Press Release

CARBONDALE, IL – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a $279,000 grant to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. This grant will fund the Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biology Departments’ project to research novel mechanisms in DNA mismatch repair.

March 3, 2020 Press Release

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January 22, 2020 In The News

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PINCKNEYVILLE (WSIL) -- Congressman Mike Bost paid a visit to Pickneyville High School to talk about politics. He started with his humble beginnings and why he ran for public office.

"My family owned a trucking business in Murphysboro and I was born and raised around that trucking business," he said.

December 23, 2019 In The News

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Congressional representatives from Southern Illinois and Iowa have introduced bipartisan legislation to combat inadequate funding and teacher shortages in rural schools. 

The Rural Education Investment Act was introduced Dec. 11 by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., and U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa.

December 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Mike Bost (R-IL) and Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to combat inadequate funding and teacher shortages in rural schools. The Rural Education Investment Act requires the Secretary of Education to determine the percentage of K-12 students living in rural areas and ensures it is equal to the percentage of Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant dollars going to schools in rural areas.