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
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.
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.
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.
Today, Rep. Cheri Bustos, Rep. Peter Welch and Rep. Reid Ribble led a bipartisan press conference announcing their effort to break the current impasse over long-term funding for the Highway Trust Fund. If Congress fails to act by the end of the month, federal funding for repairing crumbing roads and bridges across the country will expire.