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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois

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July 1, 2019 Press Release

CARBONDALE, IL – U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) grant of $3.5 million was awarded to Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The HHS grant will support SIU’s Head Start program, which promotes early learning for income eligible families with preschool age children in Jackson and Williamson counties.

May 28, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced seven federal grants to allow local governments and law enforcement to better serve their communities across Southern Illinois. USDA Rural Development forges partnerships with rural communities, funding projects that bring housing, community facilities, business guarantees, utilities and other services to rural America.
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.
March 29, 2019 Press Release
Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) announced the winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition, Mariposa/by Eva Weber of Freeburg Community High School. Selected by an independent judge, Eva’s artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel in the U.S. Capitol for the next year.
March 21, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a $210,000 economic development grant for Southern Illinois. The grant allows the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to formulate a strategy that supports private capital investment and job creation in Southern Illinois. This Economic Development Administration (EDA) planning investment will support capital investment and job creation through the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission in Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry and Williamson counties.
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.