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
WASHINGTON, DC - A first look at the Republican tax plan confirms all of our worst fears. It would push trillions of dollars of additional debt onto our children. It would raise taxes for hardworking families in Illinois while giving a tax cut to corporations and the wealthiest families and their children. The end of the alternative minimum tax will mean that wealthy people will once again be able to hire tax lawyers to slash or entirely eliminate their taxes.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on the passage of the spending bill in the U.S. House of Representatives:
WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) offered an amendment to draw attention to areas of rising threats to national security. The amendment was offered as a part of H.R. 3219, the FY2018 National Security Appropriations Bill.
Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Foster (D-IL) voted in favor of H.R. 3364, a bill that would establish sanctions against Russia for its interference in the 2016 elections, its illegal annexation of Crimea, and its military activities in eastern Ukraine. The legislation would also impose sanctions on Iran for their destabilizing actions and target North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018. The National Defense Authorization Act provides $621.5 billion in discretionary base budget authority that supports the activities of the Department of Defense and defense-related activities within the Department of Energy. It also includes a 2.4% pay raise for service members.
Washington D.C. - My thoughts are with Majority Whip Steven Scalise and my colleagues, their staffers, families, and the Capitol Police who work hard to keep Members of Congress safe. This kind of cowardly attack on Members of Congress is horrific. Violence has no place in our government or politics, and I wish everyone who was injured a speedy recovery.
Following the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey Thursday, Illinois District 11 Representative Bill Foster (D) is calling for an aggressive investigation into any hints of obstruction of justice. In a statement, Foster stressed the importance of transparency and accountability from the U.S. President during the ongoing investigation into Russian hacking.
Washington, D.C. - Former Director Comey’s testimony today is the first step in the right direction to uncover the facts. The President’s request for loyalty is disconcerting. The Federal Bureau of Investigation must remain independent of politics and free from outside influence. Any indications of obstruction of justice must be aggressively investigated.
Washington D.C. - Reports that President Trump needlessly revealed information from highly classified allied sources to Russian diplomats are highly disturbing and represent a continuing pattern of irresponsible off-the-cuff statements. Information sharing with allied intelligence sources is crucial to our national security. They depend on trust-based relationships that are built up over decades and can be shattered by a single thoughtless act of an incompetent executive. I call on the President to inform Congress of the meeting’s details.
Washington D.C. - The sudden dismissal of James Comey is deeply disturbing. Our democracy only functions as the Founding Fathers envisioned when its leaders, including the President of the United States, operate with full accountability and transparency in the interests of the United States and her citizens. Public confidence in our democracy demands the immediate appointment of an independent prosecutor.