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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

Jan 12, 2019 In The News

Ripples from the shutdown of the federal government are starting to expand into Naperville.

This week Loaves & Fishes Community Services received its first requests for assistance from furloughed workers who’ve become unwitting pawns in a political struggle happening 600 miles away in Washington, D.C.

Jan 10, 2019 In The News

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, released a statement this week saying that he will donate his congressional pay earned during the government shutdown to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Foster did the same during the 2013 shutdown over repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Jan 8, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced he will donate his congressional pay earned during the government shutdown to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.  During the 2013 Republican shutdown, Foster also donated his paycheck to the food bank.

Jan 3, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - “I am excited to get to work in the 116th Congress with the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. The American people deserve a Congress that puts their priorities ahead of special interests, invests in scientific research and embraces facts, and takes its oversight responsibility seriously. I’m eager to work alongside Chairwoman Waters on the Financial Services Committee to protect consumers, strengthen our economy, and tackle new challenges technology poses for our banks and financial institutions.

Dec 23, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced legislation to close the gym and sauna reserved for Members of Congress during a government shutdown. The Shutdown Prioritization Act (SPA) would prohibit the Architect of the Capitol from operating the Member gym during a government shutdown.

Dec 22, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on the government shutdown:

Dec 13, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that he has been named Co-Chair of the National Labs Caucus in the 116th Congress. The caucus advocates for federal investment in research at America’s 17 national labs, and it will raise awareness about the importance of national labs for economic growth. Foster will co-chair the caucus with Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN), Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), and Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY).

Dec 12, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC - “Today, I formally announce my support for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House for the 116th Congress. I am confident that the agreement we reached will position the Democratic Party to successfully lead in next Congress and for generations to come. As a businessman, I know that a transition plan is critical for any institution. Leader Pelosi has signaled her commitment to transfer her knowledge and experience to the next generation of leaders so that they may effectively lead the Party into a new era.

Jul 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster’s legislation to strengthen national security was included in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA includes the following amendments:

May 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement following the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act:

“I supported the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act because it provides critical support for our men and women in uniform, including a well-deserved raise. This legislation will ensure that our military is ready and capable to respond to threats to our national security.”

The three amendments Foster offered that were accepted will require: