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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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May 3, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted for a funding package that keeps the federal government operating through the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends in September. The bipartisan legislation – which passed the House by an overwhelming 309-118 margin – includes a permanent fix for retired miners’ health care benefits, limits EPA overreach, drastically increases border security, and strengthens our military.
April 27, 2017 Blog Post

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.

April 7, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) issued the following statement after US airstrikes were conducted in Syria:
March 15, 2017 In The News

As U.S. Rep. Mike Bost began speaking to constituents who signed up to receive a phone call from him Wednesday night, he said he wanted to hear whether people agreed with him or not.

“I don’t shy away from tough questions,” Bost said. “I’ll take as many challenging questions” during the hourlong telephone town hall.

March 6, 2017 Press Release
U.S Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s Executive Order regarding foreign entry into the United States:
February 28, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, released a statement after President Donald J. Trump addressed a joint session of Congress.

February 9, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today presented Corporal (Ret.) Michael Mann with the Bronze Star Medal.
January 29, 2017 In The News

“It has become clear that we need a top-down review of our vetting process, and that it can be conducted in a manner that respects the rights of law-biding citizens...Given the world we live in today, taking steps to strengthen our national security is simple common sense.”

December 2, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Mike Bost released the following statement on House passage of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report:
July 11, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Speaker Paul Ryan has appointed Rep. Mike Bost to the joint House-Senate conference committee tasked with negotiating the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017.  An active member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Bost will serve as an outside conferee representing the committee’s views on matters specifically related to veterans’ policy.