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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois

Press Releases

May 23, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today released the following statement after the U.S. Treasury Department officially certified 327 low-income census tracts in Illinois to be designated as federal “Qualified Opportunity Zones,” including over a dozen in Southern Illinois.
May 22, 2018 Press Release
A bipartisan bill authored by U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) to ensure our nation’s veterans receive the same annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) as Social Security recipients passed the U.S. House of Representatives Monday evening. The Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act (H.R. 4958) would increase the rates of compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities beginning December 1, 2018.
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May 18, 2018 Press Release
United States Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement after the House of Representatives failed to pass the 2018 Farm Bill. The comprehensive legislation would authorize policy under the purview of the United States Department of Agriculture and is renewed every 5 years.
May 18, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) today introduced bipartisan legislation to reform hiring for Human Resources positions at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities. The VA Hospitals Establishing Leadership Performance (HELP) Act 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.
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May 10, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a $210,000 Economic Development Administration grant for the development and implementation of a comprehensive economic development strategy for the region served by the Southwestern Illinois Metropolitan & Regional Planning Commission. The resulting strategy will bring together the public and private sectors in the creation of an economic development roadmap to diversify and strengthen the regional economy.
May 8, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today issued the following statement after President Trump announced his intentions to remove the United States from the Iran nuclear deal.
April 27, 2018 Press Release
The House of Representatives today passed bipartisan legislation by a vote of 393 to 13 that reforms the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), strengthens passenger protections, and improves America’s long-term stability and competitiveness. Included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4) were Bost’s amendments directing the Department of Transportation to better comply with “Buy America” requirements and encouraging colleges and universities to partner with aviation companies to promote careers in the industry.
April 25, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, welcomed more than 50 veterans from Southern Illinois to Washington, DC. The visit was coordinated by Honor Flight of Southern Illinois, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing all veterans who apply a free trip to Washington to visit memorials honoring their service and sacrifice.
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April 24, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) ranked among the top 13% in the House of Representatives for bipartisanship, according to the Lugar Center, led by former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. The Bipartisan Index measures how often a member of Congress introduces bills that succeed in attracting co-sponsors from members of the other party, and how often they in turn co-sponsor a bill introduced from across the aisle.
April 23, 2018 Press Release
The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) announced today that U.S. Representative Mike Bost has been named a recipient of the 2018 Thomas Jefferson Award. The bi-annual award recognizes legislators whose voting record indicates strong support of policies that enable the U.S. foodservice distribution industry to create well-paying jobs, grows their businesses, and contribute to their local communities.

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