Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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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

Nov 19, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voted in favor of H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015.


Nov 5, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, voted to pass H.R. 22, a bipartisan six-year Highway Reauthorization bill. This legislation represents a true compromise between Democrats and Republicans and will provide the certainty needed to focus on rebuilding our roads, repairing our bridges and spurring job creation with Buy America provisions Bustos fought for.


Oct 27, 2015

Washington, DC - This afternoon, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos cast her vote to pass a bipartisan reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank that expired on July 1st. Earlier this month, she signed a bipartisan discharge petition, the first one to be successful since 2002, to circumvent the Speaker and force today’s reauthorization vote. The bill was passed by a bipartisan coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans.


Oct 15, 2015

Last night, U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17) and Rodney Davis (R, IL-13) returned to the United States from the Illinois Cuba Working Group’s Bipartisan Agricultural Trade Mission to Havana. To establish new economic opportunities for Illinois farmers, Bustos, Davis and Illinois agricultural and business leaders met with Cuban officials to discuss opportunities to increase our exports to the island nation and strengthen bilateral trade relations.

Oct 7, 2015

Today, U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17) and Rodney Davis (R, IL-13) announced they will be traveling to Cuba as part of a bipartisan agricultural trade mission to establish new economic development and export opportunities for Illinois farmers. The Oct. 11-14 trip, which is being sponsored by the Illinois Cuba Working Group, will include meetings and discussions with officials from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Alimport (which coordinates all overseas purchases in Cuba), a tour of the Cuban marketplace and several additional diplomatic meetings.

Sep 30, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos voted to prevent a government shutdown before tonight’s midnight deadline. For the past two weeks, Bustos led an effort with the backing of the majority of the Democratic Caucus that urged Speaker Boehner to keep the House in session every day rather than waiting until the last possible moment to stop a shutdown.

Sep 17, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that 79 Members of Congress have officially backed her letter to Speaker John Boehner urging him to keep the House in session every day until a deal is reached to prevent another government shutdown.
Sep 9, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos thanked working families from across the 17th Congressional District for being a part of her most productive district work period to date. In all, Rep. Bustos held over 40 official events, meetings and job fairs during the August Congressional recess which ran from July 31 - September 7th.

Aug 5, 2015

In Letter to Labor Secretary, Members Urge Increased Use Of Project Labor Agreements To Enhance Efficiency & Quality Of Federal Construction Projects

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and a bipartisan coalition of other Members of Congress urged the White House to promote the utilization of local skilled workers on federal construction projects. The members sent a letter to Labor Secretary Tom Perez calling on the White House to renew its efforts to increase the number of Project Labor Agreements (PLA) on federal construction projects.

Jul 30, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, reiterated her call for a long-term, bipartisan highway funding bill to protect Illinois jobs and critical transportation projects.