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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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Let America Breathe Again
CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement following President Trump’s executive order undermining President Obama’s Climate Action Plan: “Today, President Trump continued on his destructive agenda of taking America backwards. With today’s executive order, the President is singlehandedly attempting to undo years of commonsense Obama-era policies that were put in place to protect our nation’s air, land and water and to mitigate against the worst impacts of climate change. Like many other heartless and thoughtless proposals put forward by this Administration, low income communities and communities of color will undoubtedly be disproportionately impacted by these backwards-looking policies. “From attempting to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, which would have reduced our nation’s carbon footprint, to repealing the ‘social cost of carbon’ requirement for federal agencies to consider when enacting policy, the President
Rush Asks U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Not Roll Back Citizen Protections Against Police Killings and Misconduct
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) is expected to send a formal letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking him to rescind his memorandum to Justice Department officials ordering a review of consent decrees with local law enforcement agencies, including Chicago. The move indicates citizens protections against police brutality, misconduct, civil rights violations and fatal shootings may be in jeopardy. Yesterday evening, Rush offered impassioned remarks on the House floor denouncing Sessions’ effort as he evoked the names of Chicago police shooting victims Rekia Boyd and Laquan McDonald, along with others killed by law enforcement in disturbing cases around the country. His floor statement also commemorated the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was murdered April 4, 1968 while supporting striking sanitation workers in Memphis, TN. Rush said, “I … demand that Attorney General Sessions retreat from his
Rush Commemorates Dr. King’s Legacy by Calling for Support of the Paycheck Fairness Act and Workplace Equity
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) acknowledged the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by urging his colleagues to support the Paycheck Fairness Act. The civil rights martyr was assassinated April 4, 1968 in Memphis, TN, while in the city to support striking sanitation workers — a date that today is recognized as Equal Pay Day across the country. Noting that the gender pay gap hurts women and families, Rush said, “I stand with my colleagues in resisting all forms of discrimination — including the very real pay gap that impacts women and families across our nation. That’s why I support the Paycheck Fairness Act — and my colleagues on the other side of the aisle ought to do the same. Women are nearly half of the workforce, but still earn only on average about 80 percent of what men earn. And, statistics show the pay gap is worse for women of color. “African American women working full-time, year-round on average still
Rush Seeks Change in U.S. Government Terror Funding
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) cosponsored the Stop Arming Terrorists Act to prohibit the United States Government from providing money to foreign militias that have ties to terrorist organizations. The U.S. currently uses taxpayer money to arm foreign organizations with the intent of advancing U.S. foreign policy. The government has provided money, weapons and intelligence support that directly or indirectly assist terrorist organizations including al-Qaeda and ISIS. These funds allowed terrorist organizations to establish strongholds throughout the Middle East. “We cannot continue to indirectly fund the same terror organizations that we fight against. This is counterintuitive and destroys the very foundation of our country’s foreign policy. The U.S. cannot be complicit in the spread of terror throughout the world by providing any form of support to partners with extremist ties,” said Rush. The bill suggests that the CIA has long supported terrorist

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