Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) voted against the Tax Extender package, an unfunded collection of tax breaks that would increase the deficit by $622 billion over the next ten years – and an estimated $2 trillion over the next 20 years.
Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Bill Foster (IL-11), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and 13 Members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to Speaker Ryan asking for his support for the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). Congress created the OTA in 1972 to provide Congress with nonpartisan analysis of scientific and technical issues, but closed when it was defunded in 1995.
Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Bill Foster (D-IL) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) sent a bipartisan letter highlighting efforts to encourage girls to develop skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Washington, DC – Today, Representative Bill Foster (IL-11) sent a letter signed by 61 Members of Congress urging the House Appropriations Committee to ensure robust funding for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Washington, DC—Today, Representatives Bill Foster (IL-11) and Mark Takano (CA-41) introduced a bipartisan House resolution to establish December 3rd as national 3D Printing Day.
Text of the resolution is available here. The pair also introduced the legislation in the 113th Congress.
Washington, DC – Today, Representative Bill Foster (IL-11) voted for the conference report on Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. The act is the first long-term transportation bill passed by Congress in over a decade and will fund transportation projects for the next five years.
Joliet, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster announced that over $3.2 million in grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services will be awarded to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet, Inc., for the continuation of the organization’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs that serve 750 families in the Joliet Area.
Washington, DC –Today, Congressman Bill Foster spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives to call for justice for Laquan McDonald.
Video of Foster’s speech can be found here.
Text of Foster’s remarks as prepared is below:
Washington, DC –Today, Congressman Bill Foster launched a contest to invite residents of the Illinois Eleventh Congressional District to submit a question for a live discussion with Space Station astronauts.
Washington, DC—Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules to increase transparency in dark pool trading. The proposal comes after Congressman Bill Foster and members of the New Democrat Coalition Financial Services Task Force urged the SEC to make the changes.
In The News
With the U.S. Congress failing to act, interest rates on federally-subsidized student loans doubled this week.
Effective July 1, the rates for Federal Stafford Loans went from 3.4 to 6.8 percent, meaning that without congressional action, the 7 million students using the program will see a $4,000 increase on their average debt of $27,000.
Rep. Foster stopped by Loaves and Fishes to volunteer and speak with clients about the importance of food assistance. This comes after House Republicans passed the Farm Bill without funding for SNAP.
Video available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuTwFpU7_aI&feature=youtu.be
U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville) paid a visit to the Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry Friday, a day after the House Republican leadership voted in favor of a farm bill that did not include a nutrition assistance program for low-income families and seniors.
U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, announced that he has become a cosponsor of H.R. 2250, the Spending Reduction Act, which would provide a responsible approach to deficit reduction and replace many of the mindless, across the board cuts implemented through sequestration.
Among the things he saw Friday in downtown Joliet, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster noticed in particular the new Joliet Junior College building going up.
Students from Neuqua Valley High School recently placed second in the 10th annual national SIFMA Foundation Stock Market Game or “Capitol Hill Challenge.”
The National Retail Federation today, in conjunction with National Small Business Week, recognized a bipartisan group of 136 Members of Congress -- 69 Senators and 67 Representatives -- as 'Heroes of Main Street' for their support of the American retail industry, the nation's largest private sector employer.
House Democrats are pressing their colleagues to address the student loan interest rate hike that is set to take effect July 1, if lawmakers fail to pass legislation that would stop the increase.