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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.

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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.

Mar 3, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Tonight, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act:

Mar 3, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11) and Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) wrote to Robinhood co-CEO Vlad Tenev asking for details of the agreements between Robinhood and market makers like Citadel to clarify how Robinhood sells customer orders, and how it collects payment for order flow (PFOF).

Feb 25, 2021 In The News

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster reintroduced legislation last week aimed at increasing transparency on corporate political spending by public companies for their investors and the public.

Foster’s Shareholder Political Transparency Act would amend the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to require public companies to make quarterly spending disclosures to their shareholders, according to a news release.

Feb 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) reintroduced a bill to designate the U.S. Post Office facility located at 303 E. Mississippi Ave. in Elwood, Illinois, as the Lawrence M. “Larry” Walsh Sr. Post Office Building.

Larry Walsh Sr. passed away last June at the age of 72 after a courageous battle with prostate cancer. Walsh Sr. spent decades serving the Will County community in public office, including as an Illinois state senator and as Will County Executive – an office he held from 2004 until his death.

Jan 25, 2021 In The News

As Sen. Dick Durbin readies for a historic role as chairman of the powerful Judiciary Committee, members of Congress from the suburbs are dusting off bills on climate change and cheaper prescription drugs with the White House and Senate changing from Republican to Democratic hands.

Jan 21, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after voting to approve a waiver for General Lloyd Austin to serve as Secretary of Defense:

"I strongly believe that civilian leadership of our Armed Forces is an important principle, and the seven-year mandatory cooling-off period between military service and serving as Secretary of Defense would be my preference under normal circumstances."

Jan 20, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office:

Jan 19, 2021 In The News

Congress needs a new committee that focuses exclusively on information technology, Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) said Thursday at an event hosted by The Hill.

Foster, a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, told The Hill's Steve Clemons that the growing IT sector means Congress needs more resources so that it can be nimble in its responses to issues facing the industry.

Jan 19, 2021 In The News

With the hours dwindling until Joe Biden is sworn in -- officially taking the helm of the US government during its worst health crisis in 100 years -- a sense of nervousness has set in among those advising the incoming President on the pandemic.