Bost goes to work at News 3, talks big issues - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Bost goes to work at News 3, talks big issues

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WSIL -- Congressman Mike Bost has spent the past two weeks back home in Illinois' 12th District.

During that time Bost has done a series of "Take Your Congressman to Work" events.

Friday he spent time here at News 3. 

We gave Bost a glimpse of how things work behind the scenes and even put him to work on our studio floor camera.

But after the fun the congressman did an extended interview to talk about issues impacting folks here in southern Illinois.

Bost says there needs to be a focus on border security, but he defers to President Donald Trump when it comes to sending National Guard troops to the border.

He says too much money destined for security enhancements was taken out of the last omnibus bill.

 "I wish that we would go ahead with the financing and building of a technical wall, because I'm not a big believer in we build a wall down the entire border," Bost said.

There are many concerns over escalating trade tensions with China.

Those worries have led to a wild ride on Wall Street, but Bost says it is likely a reactionary trend right now.

He says stocks are in a much better place now then they were a year ago.

But while he supports tariffs on steel and aluminum, Bost says he is concerned for soybean farmers.

China has proposed tariffs on U.S. soybeans as trade war talk continues.

Bost calls the talk saber rattling.

"We are at the deficit, they're not and I don't think they are willing to sacrifice that deficit or keep going down this path. But I don think both sides need  to calm down the saber rattling," Bost said.

The congressman also pointed out positive trends in southern Illinois that he credits to tax reform.

He says many small and big businesses have been giving workers bonuses and some are expanding.

And when it comes to the recent ouster of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, Bost says a change could lead to improvements at the Marion V-A and other facilities.

But he calls talk of privatization the wrong move.

"There is no need to privatize the VA. There is a need to continue with the choice act that allows the veteran to make a choice if they can't get into the VA or there are certain areas where they are so far away from the VA," Bost said.

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