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

Oct 28, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, a two year bill to fund the federal government. While Bustos largely agreed with many positive aspects of the compromise, she strongly pushed back on a provision that would have harmed Illinois farmers.


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.


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 28, 2015

This past weekend, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) traveled to Peoria and Rockford to talk about the impact that a government shutdown would have on our local economy.


Sep 22, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that 125 Members of Congress have officially signed onto 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 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.

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.
Jun 18, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) joined with Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-08) to introduce the Government Transformation Act, a new bipartisan effort to cut duplicative services and root out waste in government while protecting middle class priorities.
Feb 2, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released the following statement applauding President Obama’s decision to not include Social Security benefit cuts in his Fiscal Year 2016 Budget proposal.