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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois

Jobs & Economic Growth

Families in Southern Illinois and throughout America have reached unsurpassed levels of prosperity with ingenuity and innovation. However, Washington has operated for far too long under the faulty policy of throwing more taxpayer money at inefficient programs. In my discussions with constituents around Southern Illinois, the economy and jobs remain the top concern, regardless of political ideology. Washington must stop spending money it doesn’t have and focus its efforts on creating opportunities for job growth. 

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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.
August 10, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today toured America’s Central Port in Granite City, IL. The tour follows the announcement last month that the port would receive a $2.27 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant for construction of a new rail line. The rail construction will enhance the link between area manufacturers and the nation’s freight transportation network and boost the region’s economic readiness and competitiveness.
July 24, 2018 Press Release
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it will take several actions to assist farmers while the administration challenges unfair foreign trade practices. USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, which is in line with the estimated $11 billion impact of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods. These programs will assist agricultural producers to meet the costs of disrupted markets.
July 13, 2018 Press Release
As U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) urges the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to reconsider its decision to build in North St. Louis, the cloud of legal trouble around NGA’s site selection only grows – as does the media attention.
July 9, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) raised concerns with National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Director Robert Cardillo about the integrity of the site selection process for NGA’s new western headquarters amid allegations that a key developer of the North St. Louis site engaged in tax credit fraud and other misdeeds in securing the property. In his letter, Bost urged the agency to restrict the use of any federal funding for the project until the legal process takes shape and there is a better understanding on how the alleged fraud impacted St. Clair County’s ability to receive fair and equal consideration during the site selection process.
July 5, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a $2.27 million Economic Development Administration grant for construction of a new rail line at America’s Central Port in Granite City. The rail construction will enhance the link between area manufactures and the nation’s freight transportation network and boost the region’s economic readiness and competitiveness.
June 27, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that it is unconstitutional for public employee unions to require collective bargaining fees from workers who choose not to join the union, a major blow for the U.S. labor movement:
June 21, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted for the Agriculture and Nutrition Act (H.R.2), commonly known as the Farm Bill. The House-approved legislation, which authorizes agricultural and nutrition policy for the next five years, includes provisions Bost introduced to aid farmers in Southern Illinois.
June 7, 2018 Press Release
The House of Representatives late Wednesday night passed bipartisan legislation to strengthen America’s ports, locks, dams, and water infrastructure. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which now heads to the Senate for further consideration, also included an amendment offered by U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) to facilitate the repair of Len Small Levee in Alexander County.
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.