WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced two legislative initiatives that address social and economic injustices in policing and public policy. Rush introduced the Laquan McDonald Camera Act which will require state and local law enforcement agencies to have in effect, and enforce, a policy regarding the use of body-worn cameras and dashboard cameras in order to receive federal funds.
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), joined by U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), introduced a Concurrent Resolution to address exorbitant prison phone rates between the imprisoned and their loved ones. Since the 109th Congress, Rep. Rush, a senior member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, has introduced federal legislation and advocated nationally for dramatically reducing exorbitant rates that are charged for phone calls between inmates and their families.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power voted in favor of H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act. The bill seeks to prevent and cure disease and improve health for all Americans.
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) introduced a bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act. This bill would establish a $50 million grant program within EPA that would allow local education agencies and districts to replace lead service lines and lead solder used in school plumbing. This bill is a companion to an earlier bill Rush introduced that would provide grants to schools to replace older water tanks manufactured prior to 1988.
CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces:
“The nearly two million men and women who have served, and are currently serving, in the U.S. Armed Forces protect the civil liberties of all Americans. We know that their sacrifice is great for family and country. On this day we give honor to each and every one of them for their commitment to our nation’s creeds.
WASHIINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) spoke during the opening session of the conference committee to resolve differences between the Senate and the House energy bills. This is the first time the 46 members of the committee met. Rush offered opening remarks that called for inclusion of underrepresented groups for energy- and manufacturing-related jobs in the burgeoning fields. Rush remarked, “If we want to make sure that all communities are able to succeed then we must be willing to invest in these communities.”
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) will introduce the Bronzeville–Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Act when Congress returns from recess. U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will be introducing companion legislation in the Senate. This legislation would create the Bronzeville–Black Metropolis National Heritage Area to provide national recognition and resources to the story of African-American perseverance from the Civil War to the modern day.
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) introduced new legislation that would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to provide assistance to schools to replace older drinking water fountains that may contain lead.
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the shooting that killed five police officers and wounded several others in Dallas:
“We cannot resort to violence or cast blame and hatred against one another.
“We all share in the grief of the violence taking place across this country from Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and for the five officers killed.
“As Mahatma Gandhi stated, ‘An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.’ We must call for healing in our nation.”
CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced a bold new initiative today — the Greater Chatham Initiative (GCI) — geared toward the economic advancement and security of his constituents and Chicago’s underrepresented African-American communities.