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Congressional Issues

I am proud to represent the 11th District of Illinois. It is my duty to make sure Congress works as it should. Members of Congress are endowed with a responsibility to not only represent their constituents, but to also govern responsibly. We should be good stewards of taxpayer money and pass legislation that supports the prosperity of all Americans.

My Work on Congressional Issues

Jun 16, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, which would establish June 19 (Juneteenth) as a federal holiday:

“I can’t think of a more important moment in American history to celebrate than the end of slavery. Illinois has led the way by making Juneteenth an official state holiday. Tonight, I was proud to vote to make Juneteenth a federal holiday as well.

Jun 16, 2021 In The News

In another example of China driving Congress’ agenda, a House task force will on Tuesday hold its second hearing in two weeks on a U.S. digital dollar, a technology that some lawmakers see as essential if the U.S. is to maintain its global economic dominance. 

Jun 8, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) announced that the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee has selected eight 11th District transportation projects submitted for funding consideration as part of the Committee’s Member-designated project initiative.

May 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced legislation to repeal the national debt ceiling, an arbitrary limit set by Congress on the amount of funding that the United States Treasury may borrow.

May 14, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement regarding the escalating violence in Israel:

“The escalating violence between the Israeli and Palestinian people is heartbreaking. Enough innocent life has been lost due to neglect and the lack of the political will necessary to find a durable peace that provides an independent state for the Palestinians and lasting security for the Israelis. I call for violence on all sides to end immediately.

May 10, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) announced the selection of nine 11th District transportation projects submitted for funding consideration as part of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Member-designated project initiative.

May 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) announced support for 10 community projects in the 11th Congressional District as part of the House Appropriations Committee’s new Community Projects Funding (CPF) program. For FY2022, the House Appropriations Committee has allowed Members of Congress to request direct funding for projects that benefit the communities they represent.

Apr 28, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after President Biden addressed a Joint Session of Congress:

“Tonight, President Biden laid out a bold plan to overcome this pandemic and build back an economy that is stronger and more equitable for all Americans.

Apr 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all charges in the death of George Floyd:

Mar 18, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - To highlight the “Payer State” problem, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX) introduced the Payer State Transparency Act of 2021. In a typical year, Illinois taxpayers lose roughly $20 billion because they pay more in federal taxes then they get back in federal spending. In fact, according to figures compiled by the Pew Charitable Trust, Illinois receives the sixth smallest amount of federal spending per-capita in the country.