Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

114th Congress


Rush Floor Statement on Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) spoke on the House Floor this afternoon in support of S. 535. The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 is a bipartisan energy bill to conserve energy, save Americans money and create jobs. Below is a transcript of Rush’s remarks and a link to the video.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of S. 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015.

Rush Statement on Passing of Civil Rights Activist Dr. Willie Barrow

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement about the passing of civil rights activist Dr. Willie Barrow:

“Dr. Willie Barrow dedicated her life to the fight for justice. Her works are many and she will be remembered by her passion and commitment to equality. She was active in working against U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War and led a delegation to North Vietnam. She was also active in the National Urban League and the National Council of Negro Women where she spent time seeking community-based resources for those in need.

Rush Statement on FCC Open Internet Rules

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on proposed Open Internet rules announced by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler:

“I want to commend FCC Chairman Wheeler on his draft order to adopt Rules for Protecting the Open Internet, which puts all broadband consumers first, where they belong.

“I remain committed to a free, open, transparent and secure internet. Clear Rules are needed to ensure legal certainty, foster innovation, preserve consumer choice and freedom of expression.

Reps. Rush and Barton Reintroduce the DATA Act

WASHINGTON — Today, in honor of Data Privacy Day, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) reintroduced the Data Accountability and Trust Act (DATA) along with U.S. Reps. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.). This bill, H.R. 580, is substantially similar to a bill that was first introduced in the 110th Congress and passed the full House in the 111th Congress but was not considered by the Senate.

Rush Statement on his Forthcoming Net Neutrality Legislation

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after today’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology’s Net Neutrality hearing:

“I strongly believe that internet access is a fundamental necessity in today’s world.

“I intend to soon introduce bipartisan legislation that statutorily guarantees the open internet principles that so many agree on while maintaining the flexibility necessary in such a fast changing environment.”