Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois
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115th Congress


Rush Statement on Republican Initiated Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), today released the following statement on the Republican initiated government shutdown:

“This government shutdown is caused by Congressional Republicans who refuse to govern and work across the aisle with Democrats.  The only people who suffer in this petty partisan gridlock are the American people.  

“Their inability to negotiate in good faith for the key priorities of working families highlight the fact that they are led by a President who is not the ultimate dealmaker. 

Rush Opening Statement on Liquefied Natural Gas Exports and Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act Modernization

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), Ranking Member of the Energy Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, delivered the following opening remarks today at the hearing on “LNG Exports and PURPA Modernization”
Rush Opening Statement as Prepared for Delivery:
“Mr. Chairman, today we will be examining legislation addressing LNG exports and PURPA modernization.
“Mr. Chairman, I must say at the outset that I do have concerns with all three bills before us today.

Rush Introduces Bill to Study National Park Status for Fort Pillow

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced legislation to direct the Department of the Interior to conduct a study of Fort Pillow to determine if the area would qualify as a unit of the National Park Service.

The Battle of Fort Pillow was fought on April 12, 1864, at Fort Pillow in Henning, Tennessee, during the American Civil War.  Confederate forces never defeated the Union Navy, but instead perpetrated a heinous massacre at Fort Pillow after violating a temporary truce by looting government buildings and private storefronts surrounding the fort.

Rush Introduces the "Child Marriage Prevention Act"

WASHINGTON –   Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced the “Child Marriage Prevention Act.”  This bill would clarify definitions relating to marriage under federal law to prevent child marriages. 

A February 2017 study by Unchained At Last found that, between 2000 and 2010, 248,000 children had been married in the United States, mostly to adult men. 

Rush Announces $300,000 in National Science Foundation Funds to Project Exploration

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) will award $300,000 in federal funding to Project Exploration.

Project Exploration is a nationally recognized science education and youth development organization that works to ensure Chicago students become immersed in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  This organization is committed to promoting a diversified STEM workforce in Chicago and works to ease the poverty that permeates Chicago’s STEM deserts. 

Rush Statement on Trump's 'shithole' Comment

CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), today released the following statement condemning Trump’s inflammatory and racist immigration comments.

“It is disgusting and infuriating that the President's remarks about immigration from 'shithole countries' like Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries come on the 8th anniversary of the Haitian earthquake in which more than 200,000 people were killed.

“Is the President not aware that immigrants of all races, nationalities, and religions built this country?