WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. William Enyart, a retired general from southern Illinois, said Thursday from the House floor that his wife had gotten a call from one of her best friends, a woman he said was angry, disappointed and frightened.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced H.R. 6178, the Fair Allocation of Highway Funds Act. The bill would alter the formula used to determine federal highway funding distribution to ensure that each state receives its fair share.
Naperville, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) hosted an event on the science of opioid and heroin addiction. He was joined by a panel of experts in addiction science and treatment.
Chicago, IL – On Monday, the Science Coalition and leading research universities in Illinois and Wisconsin presented Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) with the 2016 Champion of Science Award.
Bolingbrook, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) toured the IKEA store in Bolingbrook, Illinois. IKEA, the popular furniture company, pays its employees well above the federal minimum wage.
Washington, DC - Last week, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced H.R. 5835, the Fair Distribution of Affordable Housing Funds Act of 2016, to reform the funding formula for affordable housing.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) announced that his legislation to designate the U.S. Post Office facility located at 525 N. Broadway in Aurora, Illinois, as the Kenneth M. Christy Post Office Building has been passed by both Houses of Congress.
Aurora, IL – Last night, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) hosted a telephone town hall discussion about the public health crisis posed by gun violence in America, as well as what Congress can do right now to reduce gun violence in communities across the country.
"I applaud the Illinois lawmakers who passed a stopgap budget that will fund state operations through the end of the year and ensure schools will open this fall. The year-long budget impasse has taken a toll on our state and has adversely affected health and social services.
''Today, I joined colleagues, community leaders, and advocates at a press conference in Chicago to demand immediate action to address the gun violence that plagues too many communities in Illinois and across the country.
“I joined my colleagues for a sit-in on the House floor to demand that Speaker Ryan and House Republicans allow a vote on legislation to address gun violence. In the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, we've reached a moment of truth for our nation. As a scientist, I always look at the facts, and gun violence is a public health crisis. It is time we act to stop it.
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(CBS) – Suburban Congressman Bill Foster (D-Ill.) says the budget impasse on Capitol Hill could be resolved easily at this point, and with a debt crisis coming, it should be.
House Democrats have a new strategy to force their fellow members of Congress to feel the pain of the shutdown — stripping them of their gym privileges.
Such a move would not just block members from burning carbs, though. It would also prevent the members who sleep in their offices from availing themselves of the showers that keep them from offending.
While food and airline safety inspectors stay home, national parks remain closed and basic scientific research grinds to a halt, a private gym reserved exclusively for members of the House of Representatives remains open.
A gym for Senators is also still open.
Though congress members pay small monthly fees, the gyms are run largely on taxpayer dollars.
WASHINGTON — Two House Democrats are going after the congressional dumbbells.
Reps. Patrick Murphy of Florida and Bill Foster of Illinois demanded Wednesday the shutdown of the House gym, which has stayed open even while much of the federal government has closed.
The federal government may be closed, but the gyms for members of Congress are still open. That doesn't sit well with U.S. Reps. Bill Foster (D-IL, 11) and Patrick Murphy (D-FL, 18).
The government shutdown hasn't closed the private House and Senate gyms, which have been kept open along with their showers by the Architect of the Capitol, the agency responsible for the maintenance of the Capitol Complex.
Two House Democrats want the congressional gym closed until the shutdown impasse is over.
Reps. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) and Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.) are circulating a letter that asks House Speaker John Boehner to deem the House spa non-essential for the duration of the shutdown.
The big budget standoff continues in Washington, but there is some news out of the Beltway: The number of local congressmen who aren't accepting pay until the fight is over is now at four.
WASHINGTON — A group of about 90 elderly veterans flew here from Chicago’s Midway Airport on Wednesday and visited the National World War II Memorial — shutdown be darned.