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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 Amendment Passes a Vote in Full E&C Committee Markup
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) who serves as Ranking Member on the Energy Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee submitted a bipartisan amendment along with Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) at today’s full committee markup. The Amendment to H.R. 3050, filed by Reps. Upton and Rush, intends to update the Energy Policy and Conservation Act that provides federal financial assistance to states to implement, review and revise energy security plans. The amendment was adopted by the full committee. Rush stated, “I also want to voice my strong support for the Upton-Rush Amendment to the bill, which simply adds tribes as stakeholders to the multi-state and regional coordination planning and response, and also allows states to enter into public–private partnership when developing their energy security plans. These energy security plans play an instrumental role in improving the states’ abilities to identify potential energy disruptions, quantify the effect
Rush Statement on Trump Administration's Actions on Cuba
CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after President Trump’s announcement on changes to U.S.–Cuba relations: “Essentially, President Trump is taking the country backwards in his approach to foreign relations. The president’s latest decision hurts American business and their opportunity for growth and expansion. We live in a global economy where American businesses must compete with other nations for trade and jobs creation. “This latest assault on U.S. foreign policy also restricts the American people’s ability to interface with Cubans and to share our rich culture and limits the exchange of ideas and cultural understanding. “The United States cannot and should not isolate itself from our neighbors. We must, instead, strengthen our ties with countries around the world.” ###
Rush Cosponsors the Deborah Sampson Act to Support Women Veterans
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) cosponsored the Deborah Sampson Act (H.R. 2452) to fully recognize and support women veterans. Illinois is home to over 646,000 veterans, of which 49,353 are women. The Deborah Sampson Act aims to fill critical gaps in VA care for women vets, including funding peer-to-peer assistance and improve legal and support services, data tracking and reporting and newborn medical care in addition to changing the VA’s non-inclusive motto. “Women contribute greatly to our nation’s armed forces which requires the right recognition for their service. I am pleased to support legislation that provides funding and much needed resources to care for our women veterans,” said Rush. The Deborah Sampson Act does the following: Changes the dated and exclusionary VA motto that currently reads, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and for his orphan.”; Empowers women veterans by expanding peer-to
Rush Statement on Congressional Baseball Practice Shooting
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after a gunman opened fire on a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game: “My thoughts and prayers are with Whip Steve Scalise, the Congressional Staff, Capitol Police and others all affected by this morning’s horrible shooting. “We are grateful for the heroism of the Capitol Police who saved countless lives. We are united in our hopes and prayers for the wounded.” ###



 
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