Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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Fiscal Responsibility

Protecting Hardworking Taxpayers and Getting Our Fiscal House in Order

The current budget deficit, created by generations of lawmakers in Washington, is a serious problem that did not get created overnight and will not get solved overnight either.  But by working together, we can take commonsense steps that move our country in the right direction.

Like so many across our district, I learned at a young age that balancing the family pocketbook and living within our means is a question of values.  I believe that what we cannot do is balance the federal budget on the backs of middle class families, seniors, students and veterans while cutting taxes for big oil companies, corporations that ship our jobs overseas and millionaires and billionaires on Wall Street.

What we can, and should do, is start by rooting out instances of government waste, fraud and abuse.  The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office reports issued in 2011 and 2012 found widespread waste and inefficiency in federal programs.  For example, the federal government has 47 job training programs, 44 of which overlap.  Consolidating these programs that overlap can save us tens of billions of dollars.  Federal agencies need to be made more efficient, so we can reduce spending without reducing the many important benefits people receive from these programs.

That’s why as my first piece of legislation, I introduced the Government Waste Reduction Act, a common sense bill that would reduce duplicative services and root out waste in government, while preserving crucial services and programs.  The bill moves forward on recommendations the GAO made and that would reduce duplication in government, save taxpayer money and enhance revenue.

Other policies I support include:

  • Lowering healthcare costs, which are a part of the fiscal problem that need to be addressed.  We should start by letting Medicare negotiate for lower drug prices.
  • Ending tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas.
  • Eliminating corporate handouts like special tax breaks for oil companies.

More on Fiscal Responsibility

Jul 10, 2014
Today, following a recent report that showed the government made $100 billion in improper payments last year alone, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos reiterated her call for Congress to pass her bipartisan bill to curb improper payments and save the government from wastefully spending billions of dollars in taxpayer money each year.
May 12, 2014
Every year, report after report is cranked out concluding the same thing – too many federal government programs are inefficient, costly, ineffective or all of the above.
Apr 10, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released the following statement after voting again against a budget offered by Congressman Paul Ryan that would end Medicare as we know it and raise seniors’ health care costs.
Apr 1, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released the following statement after Congressman Paul Ryan, the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, released his latest budget proposal.
Feb 19, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos led a group of 117 members of the U.S. House of Representatives in urging President Obama to rule out cuts to Social Security and veterans’ benefits in his upcoming budget proposal for next year.
Dec 27, 2013
Recently, members of the Quad-Cities community and the surrounding area came together to give Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., an early holiday gift: civil dialogue and civic engagement on one of the nation’s most pressing issues, specifically the deficit and rising debt.
Dec 19, 2013
During her first year in office, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has fought hard for the priorities that matter most to the people of Illinois’ 17th Congressional District.
Dec 17, 2013

GALESBURG — Nearly 40 people worked toward finding solutions to the national deficit and federal budget issues during a workshop hosted by Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, at Carl Sandburg College Tuesday.

Bustos hosted the interactive budget workshop in partnership with the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan and nonprofit group that focuses on federal fiscal policy and educating the public about the different causes and consequences of federal budget decisions.

Dec 6, 2013
Did you know that each year the federal government erroneously pays millions upon millions of dollars to dead people who obviously should no longer be eligible for such benefits?
Nov 21, 2013
A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, would introduce measures to stop federal benefits from being paid to the deceased.

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