Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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Energy and Environment

Keeping Energy Affordable While Protecting Our Environment

Affordable and reliable energy is an essential part of our economy and our quality of life.  We must move towards energy independence and cleaner sources of energy, while promoting a comprehensive plan that keeps energy affordable for the middle class.

I want to encourage the innovation and production of more fuel-efficient vehicles in order to reduce energy consumption and cause less harm to the environment.  Producing clean energy at home is a way to help clean up our environment, create more good-paying jobs for the middle class, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  I will also work to make sure oil companies do not collude and keep gas prices artificially high.  Gas should be affordable to help small businesses grow and our economy moving along.

More on Energy and Environment

May 24, 2016

WASHINGTON - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos participated in a press conference to introduce the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity, and Reliability (WATER) Act of 2016. This bill would provide critical federal funding for State Revolving Funds, including the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund which is the source of the $4 million forgivable loan the city of Galesburg is set to receive to replace lead service lines.

May 18, 2016

City of Galesburg working on finalizing their application for funding through Drinking Water State Revolving Fund

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) has given preliminary approval for the City of Galesburg to receive up to $4 million in forgivable loans from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which receives its source funding from the Federal Government.

Apr 26, 2016

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos received a copy of a letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency that recommended several of the proposed actions which the City of Galesburg is now considering following last night’s City Council meeting. The letter, dated April 20, 2016, recommends that the City provide bottled water or NSF certified point of use lead filtration devices for homes where the water exceeds the federal action level for lead content of 15 parts per billion (ppb).

Feb 10, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos highlighted portions of President Obama’s 2017 budget proposal, which aims to revitalize manufacturing for the 21st century, invest in our children and their future, and achieve $2.9 trillion in deficit reduction over the next 10 years.


Jan 14, 2016

Rep. Bustos encourages manufacturers to host a student or recent graduate as an apprentice or intern in 2016 to retain talented young people in our region.


Nov 30, 2015

Washington, DC - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made its long awaited decision to increase ethanol usage in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In June, the EPA released a proposed rule with significantly lower biofuel requirements, so as a member of the House Agriculture Committee and House Biofuels Caucus, Bustos fought back and helped secure this improved standard.


Oct 21, 2015

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) continued her advocacy on behalf of rural economic development and energy independence by joining with the other members of the bipartisan Biofuels Caucus in sending a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. They urged her to make significant changes to the agency’s proposed rule on renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). They also called on the agency to use criteria found in statue to determine domestic biofuel volumes and follow Congressional intent when it passed the RFS.

Sep 10, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today Rep. Cheri Bustos applauded the announcement by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack that Illinois will be receiving funding through the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) program. The funds will be used to support the infrastructure needed to make more renewable fuel options available to American consumers.  In June, Rep. Bustos wrote a letter to Governor Rauner urging him to apply for these funds. Then, in July, Rep.

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.

Jun 4, 2015
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Congressman Ron Kind continued their push for improved rail and pipeline safety last night by introducing an amendment to the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill that provides $500,000 in additional funding to the Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.