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

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.
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.
Jul 22, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that her bipartisan, bicameral effort to end improper federal payments and cut down on waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government and save billions of taxpayer dollars passed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform unanimously.
Jul 14, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continued her efforts to assist homeless veterans by voting for the Homes for Heroes Act, which passed the House on a bipartisan basis.
Jul 10, 2015

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.

Jul 8, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voted to allow veterans to receive official identification cards through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by supporting the bipartisan Veteran’s ID Card Act.
Jun 24, 2015
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter to Chief Justice John Roberts urging the Supreme Court to allow live audio in the chamber in light of the historic nature of the upcoming rulings on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act.