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October 2, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today announced a $357,375 federal grant to improve security at Union County schools. The grant was awarded through the School Violence Prevention Program, a Department of Justice (DOJ) program created by bipartisan legislation sponsored by Bost. The Securing Our Schools Act was signed into law in March 2018. Bost sent a letter to local government officials to raise awareness of the funding availability and met with school administrators in Anna this summer. 91 jurisdictions were awarded school safety grants nationwide, including 7 in Illinois during the program’s first year. 8 Union County schools were awarded a total of $357,375. The program is expected to grow as awareness increases.
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.
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.
June 6, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced a $2.2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) funding award made to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. The funding will improve educational practices of STEM teacher leaders through engaging activities, targeted mentoring, and a partnership with the Science Center of Carbondale.
May 31, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (IL-12) hosted a school safety summit Wednesday with teachers, education professionals, online safety experts, law enforcement, and school resource officers to discuss ways to keep kids safe in and out of the classroom. Bost provided an update on current legislative efforts to curb school violence, protect children online, and combat drug addiction among minors.
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 6, 2018 Press Release
United States Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) along with Illinois State Senator Paul Schimpf (IL-58), State Senator Dale Fowler (IL-59), Representative Terri Bryant (IL-115), Representative Dave Severin (IL-117), and Representative Natalie Phelps-Finnie (IL-118) urged caution regarding a recent proposal to swiftly move more than $5 million in funds from Southern Illinois University’s Carbondale (SIUC) campus and divert the money to the University’s Edwardsville campus.
March 23, 2018 Press Release
Today, a bipartisan proposal focused on improving school safety introduced by U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) and Brad Schneider (D-IL) was signed into law by President Donald Trump as part of the omnibus spending bill. The legislation will help schools acquire panic buttons, offering a more immediate method of notifying law enforcement and first responders in cases of classroom violence, medical emergency, or natural disaster.
March 23, 2018 Press Release
Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) announced the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition, “16” by Reed Abster of Marion High School. Selected by an independent panel of local judges, Reed’s artwork will hang in the Cannon Tunnel in the U.S. Capitol for the next year.
March 14, 2018 Press Release
Today, Congress passed a bipartisan proposal introduced by U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) and Brad Schneider (D-IL) to help schools acquire and install panic buttons for alerting law enforcement to incidents of classroom violence.