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.
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WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that her bipartisan bill to improve care for children born with opioid addiction has passed out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Bustos' bill, the Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act (H.R. 4978), now moves toward full consideration by the House.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) urged Governor Bruce Rauner to release previously approved state funding to build a Quad-Cities to Chicago passenger rail line. Last May, Governor Rauner used an executive order to halt this funding and, with federal funding already secured, the Governor’s executive order has left a critical economic development project in limbo. In her letter, Bustos also asked that if the Governor does not release the funds immediately, he should at the very least provide a public timeline for when he intends to do so.
WASHINGTON - In a floor speech delivered today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced the launch of a watchdog task force in her office to investigate lead levels throughout Illinois’ 17th District, investigate problems of lead contamination and work with government officials at all levels to develop solutions. Bustos made this announcement in a floor speech where she also addressed the importance of working collaboratively to address the challenge of lead contamination.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) and Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) announced that they have introduced bipartisan legislation to improve care for babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), exposure to opioids during pregnancy.
ROCK ISLAND, IL – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin held a press conference outside of the Rock Island Arsenal to discuss Bustos’ recently introduced, bipartisan Army Arsenal Revitalization Act (AARA), which aims to increase the amount of business directed to Army arsenals, such as the Rock Island Arsenal. Senator Durbin has co-sponsored similar legislation in the Senate.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement that he has nominated Judge Merrick Garland to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced the bipartisan Army Arsenal Revitalization Act (AARA), which aims to increase the amount of business directed to Army arsenals, such as the Rock Island Arsenal.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos offered the following statement upon the bipartisan passage of H.R. 1471, the FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act:
WASHINTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) was invited to the White House to discuss the United States’ policy towards Cuba. In the meeting with one of President Obama’s top national security advisers, Congresswoman Bustos voiced her strong support for increasing agricultural trade to benefit Illinois’ agricultural economy.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) recognized the anniversary of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act. Earlier this week, she also voted in favor of the Female Veterans Suicide Prevention Act, an addition to current efforts which aims to identify mental health and suicide prevention programs that are the most effective and result in the best outcomes among at-risk women veterans.