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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois

National Security

The primary role of the federal government is to defend our freedoms from those that wish us harm. September 11th demonstrated that we can no longer stand idle while a sophisticated group of terrorist enemies attempt to attack our friends and families. In this uncertain time where our nation remains on a war footing and is threatened by new hostile enemies, we must be prepared to protect our freedom. First and foremost, we must provide our brave men and women in uniform with the resources they need.

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October 10, 2019 In The News

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFVS) - U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) announced Thursday, October 10 that over $1.1 million in federal grants will be awarded to Jackson, St. Clair and Pulaski counties for the School Violence Prevention Program.

June 27, 2019 Press Release



WASHINGTON, DC – U.S Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement after House Republicans succeeded in forcing a vote on a bipartisan Senate bill to address the humanitarian and national security crisis at the southern border:

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Mike Bost voted today against legislation that would provide a special pathway to citizenship for those who immigrated to America illegally. The House Democrats’ plan, called the American Dream and Promise Act, would offer no provisions for additional border enforcement and cost taxpayers an estimated $34.6 billion.

March 26, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, announced he will co-sponsor the bipartisan Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act (H.R. 1327). The legislation would ensure that all 9/11 first responders and survivors who have been injured by the toxins at Ground Zero and have certified 9/11 illnesses would receive their full compensation through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The bill would also close the funding gap recently announced by the VCF Special Master.
March 7, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) made the following statement about the tragic death of Army Sgt. Holli Bolinski, of Pinckneyville, Illinois, who passed away in Kuwait on March 5. Sgt. Bolinski was stationed out of Mount Vernon, IL.
February 27, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced his opposition to two gun control bills being considered in the House of Representatives this week. H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112 will be voted on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
February 26, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today made the following statement after voting against legislation that would block the President from carrying out his national emergency declaration to protect the southern border.
February 14, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) released a statement regarding President Trump's intent to sign the fiscal year 2019 appropriations package into law. The legislation, paired with a potential national emergency declaration from the president, would ensure the federal government has the resources necessary to build a wall and enhance technology to combat drugs and human trafficking at the border.
January 25, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today made the following statement after President Trump announced a short-term agreement that will fund the federal government through February 15.
January 17, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced he has nominated 18 local students for admittance to the U.S. Service Academies. Nominations were made following the recommendations of an independent panel that reviewed applications and conducted formal interviews. Final determination on admission is made by the individual academies.