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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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October 5, 2018 Press Release
President Trump today signed into law legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which included two provisions sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) focused on Buy America domestic procurement requirements and inspiring young people for careers in aviation.
September 26, 2018 Press Release
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a legislative agreement with the United States Senate reauthorizing Federal Aviation Administration programs and makes reforms to federal disaster assistance programs. Included in this legislation are two provisions sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) focused on buying American and inspiring careers in aviation for the youth by giving them the resources they need.
September 13, 2018 Press Release
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that strengthens infrastructure at America’s ports, locks, dams and waterways. Included in the Water Resources Development Act was a provision introduced by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12) to help rebuild Alexander County’s Len Small Levee, which was breached during the holiday floods of 2016. The final package is expected to be passed by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by the president in the coming weeks.
August 14, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a National Science Foundation (NSF) funding award of $180,000 and a Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) award of $244,850 to SIU Carbondale. The NSF grant will support a project related to quantum computing, while the HHS grant will be used to further research into the development and function of Sertoli cells.
August 10, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today toured America’s Central Port in Granite City, IL. The tour follows the announcement last month that the port would receive a $2.27 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant for construction of a new rail line. The rail construction will enhance the link between area manufacturers and the nation’s freight transportation network and boost the region’s economic readiness and competitiveness.
July 24, 2018 Press Release
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced it will take several actions to assist farmers while the administration challenges unfair foreign trade practices. USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, which is in line with the estimated $11 billion impact of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural goods. These programs will assist agricultural producers to meet the costs of disrupted markets.
July 13, 2018 Press Release
As U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) urges the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to reconsider its decision to build in North St. Louis, the cloud of legal trouble around NGA’s site selection only grows – as does the media attention.
July 9, 2018 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) raised concerns with National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Director Robert Cardillo about the integrity of the site selection process for NGA’s new western headquarters amid allegations that a key developer of the North St. Louis site engaged in tax credit fraud and other misdeeds in securing the property. In his letter, Bost urged the agency to restrict the use of any federal funding for the project until the legal process takes shape and there is a better understanding on how the alleged fraud impacted St. Clair County’s ability to receive fair and equal consideration during the site selection process.
July 5, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a $2.27 million Economic Development Administration grant for construction of a new rail line at America’s Central Port in Granite City. The rail construction will enhance the link between area manufactures and the nation’s freight transportation network and boost the region’s economic readiness and competitiveness.
June 27, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that it is unconstitutional for public employee unions to require collective bargaining fees from workers who choose not to join the union, a major blow for the U.S. labor movement: