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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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February 2, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), a member of the House Committee on Agriculture, today introduced the bipartisan Beginning Agriculturist Lifetime Employment (BALE) Act to ensure beginning farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers have access to credit to expand or diversify their operations.
February 2, 2017 In The News

The "Stream Protection Rule" may sound like a good thing, but Congressman Mike Bost believes it doesn't do Southern Illinois any favors.

"It wasn't intended to protect the environment. It was intended to put our coal miners out of work, and sadly, it's been successful at achieving that goal," said Representative Bost.  

As an area loaded with coal, southern Illinois has seen a steady decline in jobs, leaving only about 3,400 left.

February 1, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted to overturn the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) “Stream Buffer Rule,” which threatens jobs at coal mines and has virtually no environmental impact off-site.
January 24, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, said the president’s action “is a victory for the American worker, the American consumer and American national security.”

Bost said the project “will create American jobs and substantially reduce our reliance on energy from unstable foreign sources. It’s unfortunate that these commonsense projects had previously been held up by anti-energy ideologues.”

January 20, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL), along with nearly 20 House Republicans, published a letter to the incoming Trump Administration pledging their assistance in the development of its "Buy American, Hire American" initiative. Buy American laws provide a preference to domestically-produced goods and services in federal procurement, such as investments in public infrastructure.

January 19, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Mike Bost led a coalition today of nearly 20 House Republicans in authoring a letter to the incoming Trump Administration pledging their assistance in the development of its “Buy American, Hire American” initiative. Buy American laws provide a preference to domestically-produced goods and services in federal procurement, such as investments in public infrastructure.
September 13, 2016 In The News

Mike Bost, an Illinois Republican, speaks to thousands of retired coal miners who came to Washington by the busloads to push lawmakers to vote on a bill that would save their pension and health care benefits.

 

August 11, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. —Today, Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) applauded a U.S. Department of Commerce decision to impose substantial tariffs on illegally dumped and subsidized foreign steel.  The new penalties are partially the result of legislation Bost introduced last year to improve America’s anti-dumping and countervailing duty trade remedy laws.

July 14, 2016 Press Release

 

Washington, D.C. —Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) announced today his intention to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement if it comes before the House for a vote later this year.   

 

March 15, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) voted to protect 19 coal refuse-to-energy facilities across America, including the Southern Illinois Cooperative in Marion, from job-killing EPA regulations.  The House-passed Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment (SENSE) Act turns back two EPA regulations that would have prevented the Williamson County plant and others from utilizing coal refuse in energy production, provided operations remain within state air emission limits.