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Dear Friend,

Welcome to my new newsletter! Here you'll find:

  • Highlights from Washington: Learn more about the legislation I've voted for, bills I've introduced, and hearings I've attended.
  • First District Happenings: Events and opportunities for First District residents.
  • Community Bulletin: Find out what local and federal assistance you may be eligible for from the American Rescue Plan.
  • Vaccination Information: Starting today, all Illinoisans are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Visit my new website page for more information on where to get vaccinated.
  • Rush In The News: Highlights from the press about what I've been up to in Congress.

It's an honor to serve as your Congressman. As always, please reach out if you have questions or are in need of assistance.

You can call my Chicago office between 9AM and 6PM, Monday through Friday at (773) 779-2400.

Last week we marked 100 days of the 117th Congress.
Our work is just beginning.

Highlights from Washington


VOTES

Over the past month, the House passed a number of transformative pieces of legislation, including the American Rescue Plan to help families recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and build our economy back stronger. Learn more about how the American Rescue Plan can help you in the Community Bulletin section below.

Other important bills passed by the House with my support include the For The People Act to protect democracy, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, two commonsense gun violence prevention bills, legislation to ensure Equal Pay and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, the Equality Act, and a bill that would provide a pathway to legal permanent status for Dreamers.

BILL INTRODUCTIONS

I introduced legislation to protect incarcerated individuals and their families from unjust and exorbitant phone charges as well as bipartisan legislation to award Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley with the Congressional Gold Medal. 

HEARINGS

As the Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee, I recently led a hearing on my CLEAN Future Act. At other hearings, I grilled Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on his failure to conduct a civil rights audit of Twitter and questioned Agriculture Secretary Vilsack about how he will address decades of discrimination against Black farmers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
I met the team at Spotlight Clean, a Black-owned business in the First District that has been keeping our office clean and sanitized throughout the pandemic.

First District Happenings

COMING UP

Do you have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines? This week, I'll be hosting a panel with local public health experts to answer your questions and share information about where and how to get vaccinated. You can tune in this Thursday, April 22nd at 6PM on my Facebook and YouTube pages. 

My annual Congressional Art Competition is live! If you are a high school student in the First District, don't miss this opportunity to submit your artwork for the chance to have it displayed in the House of Representatives. Submissions are due to my Chicago office on April 30th. Learn more HERE.

ICYMI: Last Monday, I hosted a panel with ABC 7's Evelyn Holmes, and experts from the Murder Accountability Project and Bring Back Our Girls Campaign about the epidemic of missing Black women and girls in Chicago. Catch the recording HERE

Glad to welcome Vice President Harris to Chicago last week!

Community Bulletin: American Rescue Plan

The American Rescue Plan is a transformational $1.9 trillion dollar package passed by Congress and signed into law on March 11th to combat COVID-19, aid struggling families and small businesses, and help our economy recover. You may be eligible for a number of assistance programs from the plan — read on to learn more! 

Need rental assistance?

  • The Help for Illinois Families Initiative is a program offered through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IDCEO). Click HERE for assistance paying for rent, utilities, food, and more. 
  • The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) will launch a rental assistance program in May that will provide eligible applicants up to 15 months of rental assistance for a maximum grant amount of $25,000. More information is HERE.
Need assistance paying for utilities?
  • The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps eligible low-income households pay for home energy services. Click HERE for more information or call the Illinois LIHEAP Hotline at (877) 411-9276.
  • The Utility Billing Relief program provides low-income City of Chicago residents with a reduced rate on their water, sewer, and water-sewer tax, as well as debt relief for those who demonstrate they can manage the reduced rate bills for one year.
  • Cook County residents can also apply for the utility assistance program through the Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, Inc. (CEDA). More information HERE
Still waiting on your stimulus check?
  • Under the American Rescue Plan, single people making less than $75,000 and married couples filing jointly making less than $150,000 qualify for $1400 stimulus checks. The American Rescue Plan also made 17-year-olds and adult dependents, including college students and seniors, eligible for $1,400 checks, included in the payments of their parents or guardians, for the first time.
  • Use the IRS's Get My Payment tool to check on the status of your $1400 stimulus check from the American Rescue Plan. For more information about the stimulus checks and who is eligible, click HERE.

Is your family eligible for funeral assistance?

  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently launched its COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program to provide financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. You can apply for funeral assistance by calling (844) 684-6333 between 8AM and 8PM CT, Monday through Friday.
Confused about your student loan payments?
  • Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, no payments are required on federal student loans owned by the U.S. Department of Education, and interest rates on those loans are zero percent, until September 30, 2021. More information for students, schools, and families HERE.
Need to sign up for health insurance coverage?
  • You may be eligible for more savings and lower costs on health insurance through HealthCare.Gov because of expanded subsidies included in the American Rescue Plan.
  • The American Rescue Plan also extended the special enrollment period for health insurance coverage. You now have through August 15, 2021 to enroll.
COVID-19 is still with us, and it's up to all of us to help prevent the spread. Continue to wear a mask, practice social distancing, and get vaccinated as soon as you can.
Vaccination Information

Starting today, every Illinois resident age 16+ is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

My new website page has up-to-date information about where you can get vaccinated, as well as a list of COVID-19 testing site locations in the First District. Check it out HERE.

Do you have concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines? Join me this Thursday at 6PM on my Facebook and YouTube pages for a live panel with local public health experts to answer your questions about the vaccines. More information is at Rush.House.Gov/Vaccine.

 
I hope to see you at my virtual vaccine panel this Thursday.

Rush in the News


Bronzeville, a hub of Black culture in Chicago, would become one of three National Heritage Areas in Illinois under plan in Congress (Chicago Tribune)
  • Read more about my Bronzeville Black Metropolis National Heritage Act HERE

Cheat sheet: Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs signal support for content moderation rules in Section 230 reform (Digiday)

  • From the article: "All three platform CEOs were subject to their fair share of scolding, but Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) created a particularly damning spectacle when he admonished Dorsey for Twitter’s failure to conduct a promised audit on civil rights."
  • Mamie Till-Mobley's decision to hold an open-casket funeral for her son forced America to confront the brutal truth of racism and galvanized the civil rights movement. My bipartisan legislation would posthumously award Mamie and Emmett with a Congressional Gold Medal. 
BONUS: Read my editorial in the Hyde Park Herald about why we must reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
I sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland asking for the release of unclassified, unredacted files from the DOJ and FBI related to the 1969 assassination of my friend Fred Hampton. 
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