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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois

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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.
August 7, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today hosted members of his opioid task force at his office in O’Fallon to discuss local efforts to fight the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities. Bost provided an update on legislative efforts in Congress and received feedback from law enforcement, recovery treatment experts, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
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July 25, 2018 Press Release
The House of Representatives today passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) that would reform hiring for Human Resources positions at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities by a vote of 417-0. The VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance (HELP) Act (H.R. 5864) instructs the VA to establish qualifications for each HR position within the VHA and establish standardized performance metrics similar to the private sector. HR departments at the VA currently have no such requirements. The legislation now heads to the Senate for further consideration.
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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 19, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today recognized World War I veteran Paul Stout of Murphysboro on the House floor. July 19 marks the 100th anniversary of Private Stout’s death while serving on the front lines in France.
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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 12, 2018 Press Release
The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs today passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) that would to reform hiring for Human Resources positions at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities. The VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance (HELP) Act (H.R. 5864) instructs the VA to establish qualifications for each HR position within the VHA and establish standardized performance metrics similar to the private sector. HR departments at the VA currently have no such requirements. The legislation now heads to the full House of Representatives for a vote in the weeks ahead.
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July 10, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) issued the following statement after President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court:
July 9, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL12) today announced the availability of federal grants to improve security at schools. The School Violence Prevention Program is a Department of Justice program that funds the grants. It was created by bipartisan legislation, the Securing Our Schools Act, sponsored by Rep. Bost and signed into law in March 2018. Rep. Bost sent a letter to local government officials to raise awareness of the funding availability. Grant applications are due by July 30, 2018.

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