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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois

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May 16, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today reintroduced the bipartisan Beginning Agriculturist Lifetime Employment (BALE) Act, legislation he introduced during the last Congress to ensure agricultural producers—especially those just getting started—have access to credit to expand or diversify their operations. The previous iteration of the bill was not signed into law, however, congressional negotiators raised the lending caps to $1.75 million, rather than the $2.5 million Bost requested. This year’s bill would again raise the cap to $2.5 million.
May 14, 2019 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (IL-12) and Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced a resolution honoring the accomplishments of Arthur “Art” Simon – founder of Bread for the World, an anti-hunger advocacy organization. Art Simon has been a leader on the fight to end hunger around the world and has authored a number of books on the issue including “Bread for the World” – for which he won the national Religious Book Award – and “The Politics of World Hunger” – co-authored by his late brother, Senator Paul Simon (D-IL).
May 2, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (IL-12) and Dan Lipinski today introduced the BuyAmerican.gov Act, which helps ensure that federal agencies adhere to Buy American laws and prioritize the purchase of American-made goods. Recognizing taxpayers’ overwhelming support for proposals that strengthen Buy America laws, the legislation directs the General Services Administration to establish a website, BuyAmerican.gov, to collect and display information about each request by a federal agency to bypass “Buy American” laws and purchase foreign-made products. Manufacturers and others will be able to use the site to identify contract opportunities and challenge pending “Buy American” waivers sought by federal agencies.
April 18, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced that applications for up to $500,000 in federal school safety grants would be accepted through May 31st. The COPS School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP) grants were created through Bost’s bipartisan legislation, the Securing Our Schools Act, which was signed into law in March 2018. Ninety-one school districts were awarded grants last year, including seven in Illinois.
April 18, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement Thursday morning regarding the upcoming release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election:
April 2, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today signed a discharge petition, a procedural motion, that would bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962) to the House floor for a vote. H.R. 962 requires appropriate medical care for children who survive abortion procedures. The bill also imposes strong criminal penalties for failure to provide such care—while also protecting women upon whom abortions have been performed from prosecution.
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March 29, 2019 Press Release
Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) announced the winner of the 2019 Congressional Art Competition, Mariposa/by Eva Weber of Freeburg Community High School. Selected by an independent judge, Eva’s artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel in the U.S. Capitol for the next year.
March 27, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today introduced the bipartisan VA COST SAVINGS Enhancement Act, which will save the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) tens of millions of dollars annually and improve care for our veterans. The legislation requires the VA to install on-site medical waste treatment systems in VA facilities where it is determined this will result in a cost-savings within 5 years.
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 21, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a $210,000 economic development grant for Southern Illinois. The grant allows the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to formulate a strategy that supports private capital investment and job creation in Southern Illinois. This Economic Development Administration (EDA) planning investment will support capital investment and job creation through the Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission in Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry and Williamson counties.

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April 18, 2018 In The News

Tax Day was on April 17 this year. It was last day for Americans to file their 2017 federal tax returns under our old, outdated tax code. It was also cause for celebration.

April 18, 2018 In The News

Tax Day was on April 17 this year. It was last day for Americans to file their 2017 federal tax returns under our old, outdated tax code. It was also cause for celebration.

October 25, 2017 In The News

U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford, R-Arkansas, and Mike Bost, R-Illinois, will co-chair the Congressional Steel Caucus, which represents the interests of steelmakers and steelworkers across the country.

Bost represents the southwestern portion of Illinois near St. Louis where U.S. Steel's Granite Works mill is located.

August 24, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, organized a panel of Southern Illinois small business owners, manufacturers, and job creators at the Shiloh Community and Senior Center Aug. 17 to receive local input before Congress considers tax reform legislation later this year.

August 23, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON • President Donald Trump has signed legislation, sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, designed to streamline appeals to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the White House said Wednesday.

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August 23, 2017 In The News

O'FALLON, IL (KFVS) -

Representative Mike Bost hosted a human trafficking roundtable discussion at the police department in O'Fallon, Illinois.

Members of the O'Fallon Police Department, the FBI, Hoyleton Youth Services, and the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services took part in the discussion.

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August 22, 2017 In The News

O’FALLON, IL - Illinois Congressman Representative Mike Bost led a town hall discussion in O'Fallon, Illinois Tuesday night addressing what he calls a growing nationwide problem: Human Trafficking.

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August 18, 2017 In The News

Thanks to Congressman Mike Bost for meeting with us and three other constituents last week. We had requested the meeting to thank him for his support last year of the Global Food Security Act and to express our hope that he would protect and improve programs for poor and hungry people, both here and abroad.

August 11, 2017 In The News

CARBONDALE — U.S. Rep. Mike Bost has supported a trio of human trafficking bills that, if approved, would provide more resources for health departments and law enforcement agencies trying to tackle the problem.

August 11, 2017 In The News

The House during a pro forma session Friday cleared a bipartisan bill aimed at paring down a massive backlog of appeals for veterans’ disability benefits.

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