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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois

Transportation & Infrastructure

Southern Illinois is a vital cross road of sorts for our nation’s commercial transportation system.  Every year, many millions of tons of cargo and billions of dollars in goods and commodities are shipped along its waterways, rail lines and yards, and trucked across its highways.  These transportation nodes also help many hundreds of thousands of Southern Illinois residents commute to work and school.  

American businesses, workers and farmers need to be able to efficiently and affordably ship their products to consumers not only here in the United States, but across the world. 

 As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I am working to fund surface transportation programs and provide certainty and stability for the private sector and state and local governments. I am actively collaborating with my colleagues on long-term solutions to make our transportation system safer and more efficient, thereby growing our economy and spurring job creation.

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More on Transportation & Infrastructure

October 25, 2017 Press Release
The bipartisan Congressional Steel Caucus today announced that Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) and Rick Crawford (R-AR) will lead the Congressional Steel Caucus as Co-Chairmen.
October 10, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today released the following statement applauding EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to repeal the Obama Administration’s power plant regulations.
September 20, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a $700,000 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.
August 28, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a grant award to fund the construction of roadway improvements for industrial expansion in Mount Vernon. The project will improve access to allow current industries to ship and receive goods more efficiently, along with improving water service for the area, which will result in new higher paying jobs and additional employment throughout the region.
June 27, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would withdraw the controversial Obama-era Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule:
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 19, 2017 In The News

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.

April 12, 2017 In The News

Congressman Mike Bost gave a glimmer of hope to Franklin County officials yesterday afternoon.

Bost joined about two dozen Franklin County leaders at Benton's Franklin Hospital yesterday to get updates on local economic development and answer questions about federal funding.

Dave Cooper of the Benton/West City Economic Development Committee shared an informational presentation on the proposed expansion of the I-57 interchange at Exit 71.

April 9, 2017 In The News

As a grandfather of 11, I naturally want to leave my grandchildren with clean air and clean water, which is why I am committed to finding a balance between reasonable environmental regulation and economic prosperity. At a time when American families are struggling to pay the bills and millions are still looking for good paying jobs, better using the resources we already have is not just a moral imperative, it is plain common sense.

April 8, 2017 In The News

“We have seen the harm that unfair and illegal trade practices have done to our steel industry—most recently with the idling of Granite City Works in Madison County,” said Rep. Bost. “Congress has enacted legislation providing the Department of Commerce with the appropriate tools and authority to combat unfair trade practices and I fully expect them to apply these in a manner that helps protect and put our steelmakers back to work. There is no question that American steel can compete with anyone in the world, given a fair playing field.”