Bost Votes to Keep Government Open

Washington, D.C.—Today, Rep. Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) voted for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which averts a government shutdown, protects our economy from a dangerous debt default, strengthens our national security, and repeals Obamacare’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Additionally, the legislation provides funding to support National Institute of Health (NIH) research, combat opioids and support mental health programs, reduce the VA healthcare maintenance backlog, and invest in infrastructure.

“This legislation isn’t perfect, but it averts a government shutdown, protects the economy from debt default, and provides certainty to our troops and our seniors,” said Bost. “While these are all good things, we can’t keep governing from short-term crisis to short-term crisis. I’m ready and willing to work with anyone, regardless of party, to provide better certainty to the American people.” 

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 provides the following:

  • Prevents a dangerous default that would threaten our economy—increases the debt ceiling through March 1, 2019;
  • Strengthens our national security and protects our troops—increases the spending cap by $165 billion for the Department of Defense over the next two years;
  • Protects Seniors from Obamacare—repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB): 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats with the power to mandate drastic cuts to Medicare


Late last year, Representative Bost led a group of over 20 members in urging Speaker Ryan to incorporate language to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) into must-pass legislation. More information on this effort is available HERE.

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