Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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Government Accountability

Folks across Illinois have lost faith in government at all levels, and for good reason.

Many in Washington continue to prioritize their political careers and special interest groups rather than their constituents back home.  That’s why I’m dedicated to traveling back, and spending time listening to the people across our region, as often as I can. 

It’s also why I support holding Congress accountable for failing to do its job and not passing a budget.  I support a 10 percent pay cut for members of Congress, and no pay raises, until members of Congress get their act together and pass a budget we can live within.

Furthermore, I support increasing transparency in government and additional measures to ensure the hard earned money of tax payers in our region is not wasted by lawmakers in Washington.

More on Government Accountability

Jul 24, 2015

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and the other members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation sent a letter to President Obama asking him to issue a Secretarial Disaster Declaration from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for Illinois counties impacted by heavy rainfall. This would allow farmers in the region severely impacted by flooding to receive low interest emergency USDA loans.

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 29, 2015

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced her support for a new effort to restore and advance voting protections for all Americans, the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA).

“Your vote is your voice in our democratic system, but many Americans are still struggling to have their voices heard due to discriminatory voting laws,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “I’m proud to support this new effort to ensure that every eligible American has the opportunity to speak up and participate in our democracy.”

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.
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.
Mar 3, 2015
In advance of the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” Selma voting rights march this weekend, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos today continued her ongoing efforts to strengthen voter protections by backing the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act.
Feb 19, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos called on Congressional leaders to end the threat of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shutdown at the end of the month.
Jan 28, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos introduced her first bill of the 114th Congress, an enhanced and updated version of the Government Waste Reduction Act, a common sense bill that could save tens of billions of dollars for American taxpayers by rooting out waste in government while protecting middle class priorities.
Dec 19, 2014

SUBJ: Bustos Continues Fighting for the Right Priorities during Second Year in Office
DATE: December 19th, 2014

Aug 14, 2014

I believe Members of Congress are elected to serve their constituents, not to live lavishly on the taxpayer dime. That’s why I’m working to reform Congress and make it more accountable to the American people. 

Here are a few of the important steps I’ve taken: