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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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September 17, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced over $1.6 million in new DRA investments to boost economic development and improve the quality of life for Southern Illinois communities and residents. The investments were made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP) and Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).

July 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a $3.3 million grant to the Southern Illinois Airport Authority in Carbondale. The funds, awarded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA), will be used to construct an additional hangar at Southern Illinois Airport to house aerospace-focused workforce training programs.

January 30, 2020 In The News

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Calling it “excellent news” for farmers, Congressman Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) applauds news of an agreement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The Senate passed the bill mid-month by an 89-10 vote. This after passing in the House, 385-41.  The president signed the bill into law this week.

While he says this is a big win for farmers, Bost tells The Big Z it could have been bigger had it passed sooner.

January 29, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) today released the following statement regarding President Trump signing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

January 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) today released the following statement regarding Senate passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

December 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), bringing America’s trade relations with Canada and Mexico into the 21st century. It opens Canadian markets up to American dairy, wheat, and poultry products; addresses digital trade; and cleans up unfair trade enforcement provisions. The Senate is expected to consider USMCA in the new year before advancing to the president’s desk for signature.

December 10, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) today released the following statement following the Trump administration and Speaker Pelosi’s announced compromise on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA):

December 10, 2019 In The News

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U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, said the bipartisan compromise on USMCA was “huge news” for 70,000 Illinoisans whose jobs depend on fair and open trade with Canada and Mexico.

“I’m equally as excited to have this agreement as I am baffled that it took so long to happen,” he said.

October 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) today announced over $950,000 in new DRA investments to strengthen Southern Illinois’ infrastructure, workforce, and economy. The investments were made through the DRA States' Economic Development Assistance Program (SEDAP), the agency's main federal funding program that invests in basic public infrastructure, transportation infrastructure and workforce development projects.

September 6, 2019 In The News

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WASHINGTON (KFVS) - Southern Illinois counties will get a $210,000 economic development grant to support capitol investment and job creation in the region.

According to Rep. Mike Bost the grant comes from the Economic Development Administration and is for the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission in Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry and Williamson counties.