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The U.S. Representative for Illinois's 1st congressional district, serving since 1993.
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ENG: Bobby Lee Rush (born November 23, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 1st congressional district, serving since 1993. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is located principally on the South Side of Chicago. It is a minority-majority district and has a higher percentage of African Americans (65%) than any other congressional district in the nation. Rush has the distinction of being the only person to date to defeat President Barack Obama in an election for public office, when Obama challenged him in a primary election in 2000. Rush is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Early life and political activism After dropping out of high school, Rush joined the U.S. Army in 1963 but went AWOL and received an honorable discharge in 1968. Throughout ...
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10,000 Job Seekers Participate on Day 2 of Rush Jobs Fair

On the heels of a successful ‘Day 1’ jobs event yesterday, for certified MBE/WBE contractors, U. S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush briefed the media on the results of yesterday’s Vendor Fair at Kennedy-King College while also outlining what he hoped to accomplish at today’s event for job seekers. “Yesterday, our entire city saw first-hand the professionalism, the passion and the determination of qualified minority- and women-owned contractors,” said Rush who, along with his colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus are holding similar jobs events throughout the ...

Rush Statement on Being Awarded Bronze Mouse Award

U. S. Representative Bobby L. Rush has been awarded the “112th Congress Bronze Mouse Award” in recognition of his official congressional website being named one of the best websites on Capitol Hill. The award was given by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), a nonpartisan nonprofit organization working to improve communications between citizens and Congress and enhance operations in Capitol Hill offices. CMF has assessed and graded congressional websites and issued these awards since 2001. "Rep. Rush is to be commended for educating citizens and achieving the highest ...

Rush Answers NCPA's Call For Gov't Reform of the NCAA

Following an NCPA-Drexel University study calling on the federal government to reform the NCAA, US Congressman Bobby Rush announced that he will convene a series of panels to examine various problems in college aports. In a Wall Street Journal article, Congressman Rush stated,"Paying student athletes over and above the value they receive from athletic scholarships could be part of the remedy." The study, authored by NCPA President Ramogi Huma and Drexel University Sport Management professor Ellen Staurowsky, holds that the NCAA is incapable of reforming itself. The study cites a 2009 Knight ...

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Rush Introduces Three Bills to Address Key Issue Areas
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced three new bills that focus on key issues of the energy sector, credit reporting and home loan lenders. Rush introduced H.R. 3540, the Quadrennial Energy Review Act of 2017, H.R. 3538, the Mortgage Sale Transparency Act of 2017 and H.R. 3539, the Mugshots Elimination Act of 2017. “These bills were drafted with my constituents in mind because I represent their needs and serve as a voice on the issues that affect them most,” said Rush. “Each bill directly seeks to increase opportunities for economic growth across the United States. My goal is to improve quality of life and help eliminate hurdles to the American dream.” A synopsis of each bill: Quadrennial Energy Review Act of 2017: The aim of the bill is to amend the Department of Energy Organization Act to replace the current requirement for a biennial energy policy plan with a quadrennial energy review. Congress finds that the development of an energy
Rush to Keynote Alliance to Save Energy Policy Perspective Breakfast
CHICAGO — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) will keynote the Alliance to Save Energy’s Policy Perspectives Breakfast on Friday, July 21, 2017. The event will be held from 9 to 10:30 am at the Civic Opera Building, Suite 1301, 20 North Upper Wacker Dr. The event focuses on discussions about energy efficiency policy and the potential impact on key industry stakeholders, businesses and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Rush serves as the Ranking Democratic Member on the House Subcommittee on Energy. ###  
Celebrating the Americans With Disabilities Act
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) issued the following statement in celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities: “On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed this landmark legislation into law and, thereby, made historic progress in the march towards equality. For those in the workplace, this legislation created an opportunity for full participation by requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to their employees with disabilities. For the public, at large, this legislation expanded the prohibitions on discrimination that were originally enshrined in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and allowed all Americans to fully engage in their community. “Expansion of these protections marked a monumental shift for individuals in our community with a disability. With the enactment of this law, the burden of responsibility was shifted
Rush Blasts GOP Plans to Overturn Obamacare
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted on a procedural motion that would begin debate to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare): “It is extremely disappointing to witness the votes of 50 Senate Republicans change the entire healthcare landscape for millions of Americans. Far too many of our most vulnerable fellow citizens stand to lose desperately needed healthcare coverage, face tremendous increases in their insurance premiums and have fewer health care insurance options available to them in the marketplace. “Americans deserve better.” ###

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