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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I believe the best way to represent our district is by keeping in touch with its people. That’s why I launched a 12-county tour of the 12th District during the April district work period. Stops on my tour included meetings with groups of constituents in my district offices, laying a wreath to honor our heroes at the VA cemetery in Mound City, volunteering with Meals on Wheels in Alton, reading to elementary school students in Carbondale, hearing from job creators throughout Southern Illinois, and receiving feedback from military spouses in O’Fallon.
Bost, who said his mother’s family is populated with many coal miners, said Congress “has got to go with a permanent fix, not just on the health care, but the pensions.” He said stress and worry about whether both will go away for thousands of retired miners has itself led to more health problems.
“They worked around a very dangerous situation, and all they ask for is these benefits that they negotiated,” Bost said.
In an interview after the panel, Bost said of the takeaways from the meeting one stood out: Illinois needs to be able to use the coal it takes out of the ground.
“Right now we ship a lot of our coal overseas where it is burned in power plants that have no regulation whatsoever," Bost said. "If it’s pumping it into the same atmosphere, we aren’t gaining ground."
He said there is a massive, underused resource in the ground.
“They believe that we have more energy underneath our area, Southern Illinois, [Interstate] 64 south, than Saudi Arabia,” he said.
WSIL-TV -- Thousands of retired coal miners across the nation, including many in southern Illinois, are watching the clock tick down on their retirement benefits.
More than 22,000 retired miners are at risk of losing their health care benefits if Congress does not pass the Miners Protection Act by the end of the month.
"They lose their health insurance, it's terrible. That's why I'm fighting so hard for it," says Congressman Mike Bost of Illinois' 12th District.
U.S. Congressman Mike Bost (R-IL-12) joined representatives from R. J. Corman Railroad Services, LLC, to tour their Caseyville Emergency Services facility, and discuss pressing rail and manufacturing issues with various rail stakeholders.
Congressman Bost, a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, focused his remarks on encouraging economic development in southern Illinois, ensuring that the area has a strong, efficient and safe freight rail system. Illinois' 12th district is home to East St. Louis, the third busiest rail hub in the United States.
When most politicians knock on doors, it’s usually to deliver a message to voters. U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, instead delivered some meals Wednesday, volunteering with the Meals on Wheels program administered by Senior Services Plus. Bost was in Alton helping take the meals to some of the program’s roughly 420 customers.