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Education

Long before I was a businessman or a physicist, I was a curious kid. I was always taking things apart to see how they worked, or trying to make something new. It was this curiosity combined with the excellent education I received from public schools and universities that led me to start a business with my brother and to later pursue a career as a physicist. As our economy becomes increasingly STEM-based, it has never been more important to ensure our students are getting the education and training they will need to thrive. I support the right of every young person to have access to a high quality, affordable education that does not leave students with crippling debt. A good education is the key to future economic success. That’s why I support the use of public funds for public education. Every student in this country should have the resources they need to succeed regardless of their zip code.

My Work on Education

Nov 19, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed President Biden’s Build Back Better economic package:

“I’m proud to have voted for the President’s Build Back Better legislation, a once-in-a-generation investment in American families that is fully paid for by making sure the richest Americans and corporations are paying their fair share in taxes.

Nov 9, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) and Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) introduced the Keep STEM Talent Act to make certain advanced Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) degree holders eligible for permanent resident status. The bill would allow certain graduates with advanced STEM degrees to remain in the United States following their graduation and would remove barriers for STEM-educated international graduates who want to work in the United States.

Sep 21, 2021 Press Release

Aurora, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that Two Rivers Head Start Agency in Aurora has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for $3,203,837. Two Rivers provides educational and community services for Kane and DeKalb Counties. The grant is to support their Head Start programming, which promotes kindergarten readiness for young children aged 3-5 years from income-eligible families.

Aug 23, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement in support of the FY2022 Budget Resolution:

Jul 13, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) announced that the House Appropriations Subcommittees have advanced all 10 funding requests Congressman Foster submitted as part of the Member-designated Community Project Funding Program. 

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 1, 2021 In The News

Tuition assistance, pandemic-related expenses and technology accessibility are among the things colleges and universities in the 6th and 11th congressional districts plan to use the combined $146 million they’ve received under the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

May 17, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representatives Bill Foster (D-IL) and Don Young (R-Alaska) joined U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to reintroduce the National Fab Lab Network Act, legislation to expand Fab Labs across the country. Fab Labs are facilities equipped with digitally-controlled tools – such as laser cutters, 3D printers, and automated knives – that provide training and enable individuals to create and innovate new products.

May 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced more than $117 million in emergency funding for colleges, universities, and students in the 11th Congressional District of Illinois under the American Rescue Plan. The funding will help local institutions cope with the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue serving their students safely.

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.