Working Together To Put the Middle Class First
Putting middle class families first is my top priority, and that’s why I will work with anyone, Democrat or Republican, if it is in the best interest of the people of our region. I’ve taken steps to foster bipartisanship in Washington by calling through all the freshman members of Congress shortly after my election, attending a bipartisan National Day of Service project and being named a “Congressional Problem Solver” by the bipartisan No Labels group. I pledge to continue to reach out and work with both sides of the aisle during my time in Congress.
More on Bipartisanship
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) applauded the White House’s ‘First Job’ proposal which would assist young Americans with skills and job training. Far too many young people are struggling to find their first job, and are often not prepared with the skills needed in our changing workforce.
WASHINGTON – Today, the White House announced a proposal for over $1.1 billion in new funding to address the heroin epidemic and prescription opioid abuse. As the heroin epidemic has taken a heavy toll on too many families in communities across Illinois, Congresswoman Bustos has advocated for additional funding for treatment centers and law enforcement agencies to stem this crisis.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos applauded new rules from the Departments of Commerce and Treasury that will make it easier for American manufacturers, such as Caterpillar and Deere & Co., to export goods to Cuba. Since Congresswoman Bustos returned from her bipartisan trade mission to Cuba in October, she has been focused on cutting through red tape to make it easier for Cuba to access the same kinds of standard credit markets and terms offered by virtually every other nation in the world when they make imports.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) offered the following statement after President Obama’s final State of the Union Address:
Washington, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined a bipartisan majority in voting for the federal Omnibus funding bill. This legislation, which funds the Federal Government through September 2016, makes significant investments in workforce training, Head Start, community health centers, infrastructure, national security, veterans and Justice Department programs to combat the scourge of heroin addiction.
Washington, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voted to help pass H.R. 2029, a comprehensive tax extenders package that will preserve tax cuts for working families while providing economic incentives that will help local manufacturers like Caterpillar and John Deere grow. The bill, which passed by a bipartisan vote of 318 to 109 has received the support of President Obama and is expected to be signed into law after a vote in the Senate.
Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voted in favor of H.R. 158, the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. This bipartisan bill is designed to strengthen national security by implementing reforms that would reduce the threat of terrorists exploiting our visa program. The bill passed by a vote of 407 to 19.
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) spoke on the House Floor in support of S. 614, the Federal Improper Payments Coordination Act, which passed the House of Representatives by unanimous consent. In May, Rep. Bustos introduced this bill with Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), which is designed to save taxpayer dollars utilizing 21st century data analytics to eliminate improper payments and rein in waste and fraud across federal agencies.
Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, voted with a bipartisan majority to pass the five-year Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. This final version of the conference bill now moves to the Senate where it is expected to pass and be sent to the President to be signed into law. The final vote was 359 to 65.
Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voted in favor of H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015.