Bill Foster for Congress Announces Two More Endorsements

Naperville, IL – Today, Bill Foster for Congress is pleased to announce the endorsement of the Painters District Council No. 14 (Joliet) and No. 30 (Aurora) for the March 17th, 2020 Primary Election. Both 11th District labor unions decided to support Congressman Foster because of his continued support of working families.

“We are proud to have supported Bill Foster since he began his career in public service in 2008,” said Ryan Anderson, PDC 30 Business Manager. “We are confident that he will continue to be a strong voice for the middle class working families of the 11th District upon re-election.”

“Congressman Foster has been a friend of labor and I believe the middle class families can count on him doing the right thing for the working-class people of Illinois,” said John Spiros Jr., PDC 14 Business Manager.

“I’m extremely thankful for the endorsement of both the Painters District Council 14 in Joliet and Painters District Council 30 in Aurora,” said Bill Foster. “I’m thrilled to have the support of numerous labor unions throughout the 11th Congressional District.”

You can view all of Congressman Foster’s endorsements here:

Bill Foster for Congress Announces Endorsement of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 305 (Joliet)

Naperville, IL – Bill Foster for Congress is pleased to start the New Year off with an endorsement from the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 305 in Joliet, Illinois.

“We are pleased with the accessibility that we have with [Congressman Foster] and with his continued support of issues concerning Letter Carriers and working men and women of the 11th Congressional District,” said NALC Branch 305 President Dave Colegrove.

“I’m extremely grateful for the endorsement of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 305 in Joliet. I’m proud of my record defending working families and workers’ rights, and will continue that fight in 2020 and beyond,” said Foster.

You can view Congressman Foster’s entire list of endorsements here:

Bill Foster for Congress Announces Endorsement of National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 219 (Aurora, IL)

Naperville, IL – Bill Foster for Congress is pleased to announce the endorsement of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Branch 219 in Aurora, IL.

“Congressman Foster has always been a good friend to both Branch 219 and letter carriers as a whole,” said Mario Walker, the branch’s President. “We unanimously endorse his re-election to Congress in 2020.”

“One of my first ever union visits was to the NALC Branch 219 in Aurora, so I am proud to have their endorsement in the upcoming primary election,” said Foster.

Bill Foster for Congress Announces Endorsement of Will-Grundy Counties Central Trades & Labor Council

Naperville, IL – Today, Bill Foster for Congress is pleased to announce the endorsement of the Will-Grundy Counties Central Trades and Labor Council for the 11th Congressional District.

“Because of Congressman Bill Foster’s accessibility and continued support of working people in the 11th Congressional District, the Will & Grundy Counties Central Trades and Labor Council, AFL-CIO unanimously endorses his bid for re-election,” said Mark Leasure, President of the group.

“I’m thrilled to be supported by the Will and Grundy Counties Central Trades and Labor Council,” said Foster. “I will continue to stand with working families in the Illinois 11th District and across the country.”

You can see the letter of endorsement below.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund Endorses Bill Foster for Congress

Naperville, IL – Today, Bill Foster for Congress announced the endorsement of Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) in the 11th Congressional District. Foster is a scientist and businessman who has represented the 11th Congressional District since 2013.

“I am honored to be endorsed by Planned Parenthood Action Fund,” said Foster. “I’ve been a staunch supporter of a woman’s right to make her own decision about her own body – and I promise to keep defending that right if I am re-elected to Congress.”

You can view the full list of candidates endorsed by PPAF here:

Congressman Foster Endorsed by Fox Valley Building and Construction Trades Council

Naperville, IL – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) announced the endorsement of the Fox Valley Building and Construction Trades Council for the Democratic nomination in the 11th District Primary election. The endorsement letter is below.

To view all of Congressman Foster’s endorsements in the 11th District Democratic Primary, click here:

Foster’s bill aims to keep STEM graduates in U.S.

By ALEX ORTIZ | Joliet Herald-News | Oct. 7, 2019

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster is supporting legislation to provide lawful permanent residence status for certain advanced science, technology, engineering and mathematics degree holders.

The Keep STEM Talent Act would allow graduates with advanced STEM degrees to remain in the country after their graduation, according to a news release.

“In order to compete in an increasingly global economy, we must expand our STEM workforce,” Foster said. “We should end restrictive policies that send STEM graduates back overseas to the detriment of our nation. These students can use their talents to strengthen our economy and create American jobs – we should work on creating a pathway to citizenship.”

The legislation would also remove barriers for STEM-educated international students who want to work in the U.S.

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, introduced the legislation with Foster. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, has introduced companion legislation in the Senate. Foster and Johnson introduced the bill in the House of Representatives last week, according to the release.

“America must maintain a strong STEM workforce to help us compete in the global economy,” Durbin said. “When we deny international students with advanced STEM degrees from American universities a chance to continue their work in our country, their talents are sent back overseas to our competitors after we’ve already invested in their educations.”

Rep. Bill Foster latest House Democrat to support Trump impeachment inquiry

By Lynn Sweet

WASHINGTON — After wrestling with a decision over the past months and listening to constituents, Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., told the Chicago Sun-Times on Tuesday he supports a Trump impeachment inquiry — which for all practical purposes is being conducted by the House Judiciary Committee.

“I spent a lot of time listening to my constituents on this,” Foster said. He called his decision a “multidimensional calculation” because of the various factors involved.

Foster said voters in his suburban Chicago 11th District told him that they are concerned President Donald Trump is trying to “enrich himself and that, I found, is a very significant factor with a surprising number of my constituents.

“And I do see that it weighs pretty heavily with me. If you just look at the way he was shamelessly pitching his property in Florida as a potential site for the next G-7,” Foster said, a reference to Trump saying he wants the group of international leaders to meet next year at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

“To my mind, looks to be a clear violation of the emoluments clause and the amount of money that’s at stake here seems non-trivial enough to quickly get the attention of Congress. And so there’s a long list of things here. Each one of which deserve, I believe, an inquiry into whether or not they should become an article of impeachment,” Foster said.

Foster is the 11th member of the Illinois congressional delegation to announce explicit support for an impeachment inquiry; the state sends 13 Democrats and five Republicans to the House.

The two other Illinois Democrats in the House, Reps. Cheri Bustos and Dan Lipinski, are following more closely the lead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and have more cautious positions, with a bottom line for both that they back the Trump-related investigations being conducted by five committees, including the House Judiciary panel.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., is pursuing an investigation “into obstruction, corruption and abuse of power by Trump and his associates” in order to “determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment against the President.”

A House vote to impeach Trump does not mean he would be removed from office. The next step would be a Senate trial, and with the Republicans in control, it is highly unlikely that Trump would be convicted.

During the August summer recess, more House Democrats have been speaking out in support of an impeachment inquiry. With Foster, and based on an NBC count, at least 134 House Democrats back an impeachment inquiry, more than half of the 235 Democrats in the House.

Pelosi is urging Democrats to proceed with caution, even as she supports the various investigative efforts of all the House panels.

“To protect our democracy and our Constitution, Democrats in the Congress continue to legislate, investigate and litigate,” she has said, pledging to hold Trump “accountable.”

Foster is a member of one of the House panels probing Trump, the House Financial Services Committee.

“I’ve also witnessed firsthand Trump’s unconstitutional refusal to cooperate with the investigations we are having on the Financial Services Committee,” Foster said, related to financial dealings of the president and the Trump Organization.

Lipinski, explaining his position, said, “The House should continue its oversight and Members should determine the best way forward based on the facts of the investigations.

“While I agree with Speaker Pelosi that we don’t need and should not have an official ‘impeachment inquiry’ vote in the House at this time, I have been and continue to be in support of the investigative work that is being done in the House committees.

“Right now, I think the best way to remove President Trump from office is voting him out in the 2020 election. This may change as the work of House committees continue, but if the House impeached the president now, it could backfire because the president would be able to say that he was persecuted by the Democratic House but exonerated by the Senate,” Lipinski said.

A spokesman for Bustos, Sean Higgins, said her “latest thinking is she is going to let the committees do their job of constitutionally mandated oversight.” As for Nadler’s probe, “she supports the Judiciary Committee doing its job.”

RELEASE: Over Two Dozen Democratic Leaders Endorse Bill Foster for Congress

NAPERVILLE, IL –Today, Foster for Congress announced the endorsement of numerous local Democratic Party officials in the 11th Congressional District. Foster, a scientist and businessman who was first elected to Congress in the district once held by disgraced Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, has represented the 11th district since 2013.

“I’m honored to receive the support of so many great Democratic leaders for my bid to continue to serve the 11th district. Now, more than ever with President Trump in the White House, we need facts, reason, and the truth to get our country back on track,” said Foster.

Will County Board Members Speaker Denise Winfrey (District 8), Majority Leader Mark Ferry (District 13), Majority Whip Tyler Marcum (District 10), Reverend Herb Brooks (District 8), Mimi Cowan (District 11), Jacqueline Traynere (District 4), Margaret Tyson (District 3), and Joe Van Duyne (District 6), all endorsed Foster’s campaign.

Local elected leaders are also standing will Bill Foster, including State Senator Laura Ellman (IL-21), State Senator Linda Holmes (IL-42), State Representative Barbara Hernandez (IL-83), State Representative Natalie Manley (IL-98), State Representative Larry Walsh Jr. (IL-86), Illinois 11th Congressional District Democratic State Central Committeewoman Julia Beckman, Illinois 11th Congressional District Democratic State Central Committeeman Duffy Blackburn, Will County Executive Larry Walsh Sr., Bolingbrook Village Trustee Bob Jaskiewicz, and Fox Valley Park District Commissioner Mavis Bates.

Democrats heaped praise on Foster for his ability to bring a scientist and business approach to solving problems.

I am very proud of Congressman Foster for his leadership he has shown in Washington on the minimum wage, condemning recent remarks from the White House, and his continued efforts for health care,” said Reverend and Will County Board Member Herb Brooks. “I encourage others to join me in endorsing Congressman Bill Foster to represent us in the 11th Congressional District Of Illinois and continue the fight for justice for all.”

“Bill Foster has a proven record battling for education and research of science and technology,” emphasized Democratic State Central Committeeman Duffy Blackburn. “Here in Will County and across America, we need forward thinking representatives like Bill Foster who are committed to solving the great challenges ahead.”

Finally, local Democratic Party leaders are also standing with Foster. Jeff Boetto (Chairman, Troy Township Democrats), Kevin Clancy (Chairman, Plainfield Township Democratic Organization), Greg Elsbree (Chairman, Aurora Township Democrats), Ken Griffin (Chairman, Lockport Township Democrats), Nora Gruenberg (Chairwoman, New Lenox Township Democrats), Nick Palmer (Chairman, Wheatland Township Democrats), Kim Savage (Chairwoman, Downers Grove Township Democrats), and Bill Thoman (Chairman, Will County Democratic Central Committee), all announced their endorsement.

“I gladly endorse Congressman Bill Foster for the 11th U.S. Congressional District,” said Plainfield Township Democratic Organization Chairman Kevin Clancy. “Bill has always been accessible as my representative and he has been extremely supportive of both the Will County Democratic Party and the Plainfield Township Democratic Organization.”

Foster’s wide swath of support throughout the 11th district make him a formidable candidate to win the nomination of 11th District Democrats.


Foster ‘proud’ to vote for DREAM Act to protect migrants

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, called his vote for a bill to provide legal status for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children one of his proudest moments in Congress.

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, or DREAM, Act was originally filed by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, in 2001, but has never been passed, although it’s been brought up multiple times in subsequent congressional sessions.

On Tuesday, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed the latest iteration of the bill, the American Dream and Promise Act.

The legislation would provide a pathway to citizenship for more than 100,000 immigrants in Illinois, including more than 42,000 so-called DREAMers.

“I’ve been fighting every way I can to make the DREAM Act a reality,” Foster said. “These are patriotic Americans who deserve our support.”

Still, the legislation is unlikely to be voted on in the Republican-controlled Senate, which, according to Foster, is evidence of a broken system.

He said a bill like this nets support from the majority of Americans and would get bipartisan support in the Senate if it were called up for a vote.

Foster also said that he would like any Senator willing to vote against it to ask if “they’re really doing anything to help our democracy work better.”

“Simply put, we are a better nation because of them, and I am proud to represent communities like Aurora, Joliet, Bolingbrook and Naperville, where immigrants are welcomed and diversity is celebrated,” Foster said.