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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 19, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - I voted against the continuing resolution, because it is just another temporary patch that does not address the problems we are elected to solve. Republican leadership has had months to negotiate a bipartisan deal to finalize a budget, provide funding for CHIP, and come up with a solution to keep DREAMers in this country - all things that a vast majority of Americans support. The DREAM Act would pass today if it were brought up for a vote, but Republicans refused to negotiate with Democrats to give these young people a way to stay in the U.S.

Dec 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - This resolution is yet another last minute stopgap measure that fails to provide solutions that hardworking Americans need from the people who represent them. We still have a long list of priorities to resolve. Congress has not voted on the DREAM Act to allow individuals who were brought to the United States through no fault of their own to stay in the country. We need to provide funding to combat the opioid and heroin crisis, and we need to stabilize health care marketplaces so that premiums do not skyrocket.

Dec 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - I absolutely condemn sexual assault and sexual harassment. No one should have to work in a professional environment where this kind of behavior is condoned. Whether it’s the disgusting and disturbing events in Alabama or the events with Senator Franken, Congressman Conyers, and President Trump, any type of this behavior is unacceptable. Anyone engaging in sexual harassment or assault must be held accountable, and I think Senator Franken and Congressman Kihuen should step down. It’s clear that the U.S.

Nov 2, 2017 Press Release

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.

Jul 28, 2017 Press Release

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:

Jul 27, 2017 Press Release

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.

Jul 25, 2017 Press Release

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.

Jul 14, 2017 Press Release

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. 

Jun 14, 2017 Press Release

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.

 

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Jun 8, 2017 In The News

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.