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May 21, 2019 Press Release
Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) to address the troubling uptick in veteran suicides and help improve suicide prevention and mental health resources at the Department of Veterans Affairs passed the House today. The Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act (H.R. 2333) requires the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload, and vacancy rates of the Department of Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Coordinators.
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 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,, 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.
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.