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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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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.

June 26, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has selected Alexander County as one of 47 jurisdictions nationwide to participate in a rural economic development program. USDA partners will collaborate for two years with Alexander County, as well as nearby counties in Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee, to help create long-term economic plans for the region where the Mississippi and Ohio rivers converge.

June 20, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—The House of Representatives today unanimously approved an amendment offered by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) that will better help protect domestic manufacturers and workers from illegally dumped steel and other subsidized foreign imports.  The amendment increases funding for trade Enforcement and Compliance at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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.
May 16, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today reintroduced the bipartisan Beginning Agriculturist Lifetime Employment (BALE) Act, legislation he introduced during the last Congress to ensure agricultural producers—especially those just getting started—have access to credit to expand or diversify their operations. The previous iteration of the bill was not signed into law, however, congressional negotiators raised the lending caps to $1.75 million, rather than the $2.5 million Bost requested. This year’s bill would again raise the cap to $2.5 million.