Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

114th Congress


Rush Reintroduces Gun Legislation after Learning of 9-year-old's Shooting Death

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) reintroduced the Blair Holt Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2015 after learning of the shooting death of 9-year-old, Tyshawn Lee.

“Last night another Chicagoan lost his life to the city’s gun violence,” stated Rush. “Tyshawn’s life was cut short and we may never know why, but we must put an end to the plague of gun violence sweeping our communities. We are losing a generation to self-inflicted murder and mayhem.”

Rush Votes to Enact Bipartisan Budget Agreement

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted with 265 Democratic and Republican Members of Congress to pass H.R. 1314, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, that creates jobs, protects seniors, affirms the full faith and credit of the United States and invests in our future.

“This vote will help alleviate some of the deeply felt concerns of my constituents regarding their family’s economic future,” said Rush.

Rush Submits Extension of Remarks about Exorbitant Prison Phone Rates

WASHINGTON — The exorbitant and costly fees that American families incur to phone incarcerated loved ones financially drains them every year. According to Prison Legal News, more than two million Americans are housed within prison walls. For this reason, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) reintroduced H.R. 3638, the Family Telephone Connection Protection Act. Rush reintroduced this legislation to put an end to the kickbacks — also known as site commissions — received by prisons based on incoming and outgoing calls between inmates and their loved ones.

Rush Statement on Passage of H.R. 702, Change in U.S. Policy on Crude Oil Exports

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) spoke on the House floor in opposition to H.R. 702, to Adapt to Changing Crude Oil Market Conditions. This legislation would change current U.S. policy by lifting all restrictions on crude oil exports.

Rush submitted an amendment that was not allowed by the majority party which would have expanded access for minority- and women-owned firms to more fully participate in the energy supply chain if the export ban is lifted.

McKinley, Rush Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Promote Manufacturing and Revitalize the Economy

WASHINGTON — Reps. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va.) and Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced a bipartisan bill yesterday that would revitalize manufacturing and promote economic development and job creation in depressed areas.

The Manufacturing Economic Recovery Act (H.R. 3622) would create tax credits for businesses that utilize former industrial sites to locate their operations.

Rush Statement on the Resignation of Speaker Boehner

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released a statement today after Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation:

“We are at a crossroads in Congress. There is a threat of yet another government shutdown and the leader of the House with a bipartisan approach to passing legislation is now stepping down.

“There are serious issues facing our country and Congress is suffering from extremist groups who are willing to run this country off the rails.

“I wish Speaker Boehner much success in his future endeavors.”


Rush Statement on the 14th Anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement in recognition of the 14th anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001:

“As we witnessed the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, our faith was shaken and fear took hold of us. But we were resilient and we took what we learned from that day to move forward — stronger. As a nation, we joined together and became one.