What is House Bill H.R. 45?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 45
In-Depth: Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to designate the portion of Interstate Route 57 (I-57) located in Illinois as “Barack Obama Highway.” When he introduced this bill in the 115th Congress, Rep. Rush said:
“Renaming a portion of I-57 will be a constant reminder of the legacy of President Barack Obama who started his historic political career in Illinois and was elected to the highest office in the land from our great state. This major interstate artery, which connects commuters, students, and tourists will serve as a powerful symbol of the connection President Obama not only had with the country but with the state he adopted as his own.”
In 2018, Rep. Rush acknowledged that this bill is in part a response to President Trump:
“I am convinced that given the current administration, and when you compare the current administration to the Obama administration … Americans, many of them in this nation, have an allegiance to Obama… He has risen to prominence.”
Of Note: Rep. Rush’s office notes that I-57 is currently the second-longest two-digit Interstate Highway without an auxiliary route, and the only expressway crossing the Chicagoland area without a commonly-used name.
Former president Obama was elected to the Senate from Illinois in 2004, and was elected the 44th president four years later. Rep. Rush says that Obama’s successful political career “all started in the South Side of Chicago.” Writing in the Rockford Register Star, Chris Kaergard adds that Obama’s “time in Chicago and its politics helped clarify his presidential character to the world, and prepare him for the task.”
- Sponsoring Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) Press Release
- Sponsoring Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) Press Release (115th Congress)
- Roll Call
Summary by Lorelei Yang
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Barack Obama Highway Act
To designate the portion of Interstate Route 57 that is located in Illinois as the "Barack Obama Highway", and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Highways and TransitCommittee on Transportation and InfrastructureIntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019
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