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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 irtop 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 8, 2017 In The News

CAIRO — During a visit to Cairo on Tuesday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said that in his career as a physician, he often took on “very, very difficult cases” including people others had deemed too far gone to save. Through creative approaches, rare procedures, “and by the grace of God,” he sometimes was able to save their lives, he said.

August 7, 2017 In The News

CAIRO — U.S. Rep. Mike Bost said the fact that Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is traveling to Cairo on Tuesday to meet with public housing residents and community leaders in this beleaguered but optimistic city struggling with a housing crisis and longstanding economic woes speaks volumes about his character and leadership style.

August 2, 2017 Press Release
Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) worked behind the counter at the MotoMart in Cahokia, interacting with employees, serving customers, and conversing with constituents about issues important to them. Bost partnered for the special event with the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS)’s In Store program.
July 30, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly's diverse district boasts some of the world's richest farmland, as well as Chicago neighborhoods and south suburbs where access to foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables is limited.

July 28, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON — Four federal legislators are once again pressing Housing and Urban Development’s investigatory arm to complete its review into what went wrong at the Alexander County Housing Authority.

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Mike Bost and Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth sent a letter to Helen Albert, the acting inspector general of the Housing and Urban Development Office of Inspector General asking her office to swiftly complete the investigation and make the results public.

July 27, 2017 In The News

Washington, DC –(ENEWSPF)–July 27, 2017.  U.S. Representatives Robin Kelly (IL-02) and Mike Bost (IL-12) introduced bipartisan legislation that empowers farmers to help combat food deserts. The Feeding America through Farm Flexibility Act would enable farmers to grow fruits and vegetables on an additional five percent of their acreage without a crop insurance penalty, if the food is sold or donated to food deserts.

July 21, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mike Bost announced today that the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity has awarded a $291,500 Workforce Training grant to Man-Tra-Con of Marion.

July 21, 2017 In The News

When the national media talks about entrepreneurship, the same industries seem to come up again and again. The tech startup, the consulting firm, the real-estate company, the new restaurant chain — and the list goes on.

But one group of entrepreneurs is rarely talked about, despite their vital importance to the American economy. We can’t forget about our farmers.

July 16, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R- Murphysboro, pressed Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson July 13 to deal with what Bost calls the "corruption" in the Alexander County Housing Authority, or ACHA, resulting in decrepit public housing complexes.

On July 11, HUD banned two former ACHA directors, James Wilson and Martha Franklin, from ever working with public housing again. The agency is also seeking to recoup money officials said Wilson and Franklin improperly spent.

Bost said that's the best HUD can do. 

July 16, 2017 In The News

Bost said he and Carson also discussed the fact that regardless of who is at fault for the housing crisis, the difficult and unfortunate reality of the current situation is that there are no easy answers. In April, HUD officials overseeing the ACHA in federal receivership announced that they would begin relocating about 185 families from Elmwood and McBride because the developments, built in 1941, are no longer safe, because of their age and years of neglect.