Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

114th Congress


Rush Applauds President Obama’s Final State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address:

“I applaud President Obama for focusing on uniting Americans across this country in tonight’s State of the Union address. The President asked each of us to look within and see how we can take responsibility for shaping our country’s future. 

Rush Statement on H.R. 2029 -- Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) joined 315 other Members of the House of Representatives in passing the omnibus bill that will fund the federal government until September 30, 2016.

In October, Congress enacted a two-year budget deal that increased spending limits by $88 billion; a significant step away from the draconian cuts enacted by the Sequestration Act of 2014. This omnibus bill brings to fruition these increased spending limits that will impact the entire federal government.

Rush Statement on Paris Climate Summit Agreement

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after delegates to the COP21 Paris Climate Summit announced a final agreement to limit carbon pollution and address the climate crisis:

“I commend President Obama, President Hollande, Secretary Kerry and the entire U.N. delegation on this historic international climate change agreement. The world has come together to put a halt to increasing global emissions and address the real effects of climate change.

Rush Sends Letter to Chairmen of E&C Committee Requesting Climate Change Hearing

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) sent a letter to committee chairmen Fred Upton and Ed Whitfield requesting a climate change hearing. A recently released American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report revealed the parallel between child health care and climate change.

Rush Sends Letter to Illinois Governor Slamming Him for Denying Syrian Refugees

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), joined by fellow Illinois House Democrats, sent a letter to Governor Bruce Rauner decrying his comments about accepting Syrian refugees into the state.

The governor’s announcement comes in the wake of revelations that one of the terrorists who took part in the in Paris atrocities last week may have entered Europe using a Syrian passport.