Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

114th Congress


Rush Statement on Supreme Court’s Ruling on King v. Burwell

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after the Supreme Court announced its decision in King v. Burwell:

“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA is the law of the land and every American should have access to affordable healthcare.

“This law is designed to help all Americans who cannot afford to pay for their health insurance. The Court’s decision ensures that all eligible Americans, regardless of where they live, have access to life-saving health care.  

Rush Submits House Floor Climate Change Amendment to H.R. 2042

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) spoke on the House Floor yesterday afternoon to push forth an amendment to H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015. H.R. 2042 intends to extend the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) rule’s compliance dates pending judicial review. The bill also would allow state governors to opt out of complying with EPA’s proposed rule for existing power plants, referred to by the agency as its “Clean Power Plan”.

Rush Votes NO on H.R. 2578 — Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted in opposition to H.R. 2578, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016 due to budgetary cuts to essential services.

“This bill is not bipartisan and jeopardizes investments that are critical to economic growth, competitiveness and American families’ economic security. I strongly oppose this bill because it fails to protect the safety and security of hardworking American families — proposing cuts to critical community policing services and law enforcement grants,” said Rush.

Rush Draws Attention to Quadrennial Energy Review Legislation at Energy & Power Subcommittee Hearing

WASHINGTON — Today, during the Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing to review the Department of Energy’s (DOE) first Quadrennial Energy Report draft report, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sought to garner bipartisan support for Quadrennial Energy Report (QER) legislation that he will soon be introducing. Rush’s bill would amend the Department of Energy Organization Act to replace the current requirement for a biennial energy policy plan with a quadrennial energy review.

Rush Introduces Amendment to Improve Minority Inclusion in Clinical Trials

WASHINGTON — According to Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), among the 10,000 known diseases, 7,000 of which are considered rare, there are treatments for only 500. Yet, there are many diseases affecting minority communities that often fall by the wayside because minorities are underrepresented in clinical trials. Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Ranking Member on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power introduced five provisions for adoption into H.R. 6, the “21st Century Cures Act”.

Rush Speaks on House Floor about Charges Brought Against Six Baltimore Police Officers in Death of Freddie Gray

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) spoke on the House Floor about Maryland State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s announcement that six Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, who died last month while in police custody, will face charges.

Rush will also appear on the Michael Smerconish show tomorrow morning to continue the discussion about Baltimore resident’s responses.