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.
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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.
MOLINE - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) applauded the 6-5 vote by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability to recommend keeping the Illinois Youth Center at Kewanee open. With their formal recommendation, the decision now falls to Governor Rauner. If the Governor decides to close the Kewanee Center, it would cost nearly 200 hardworking men and women in Henry County their jobs.
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).
WASHINGTON - In a floor speech delivered today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced the launch of a watchdog task force in her office to investigate lead levels throughout Illinois’ 17th District, investigate problems of lead contamination and work with government officials at all levels to develop solutions. Bustos made this announcement in a floor speech where she also addressed the importance of working collaboratively to address the challenge of lead contamination.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) wrote a letter to Robert Kaplan, Acting Regional Administrator for the Federal Environmental Protection Agency Region 5, to request that the agency take immediate action to fully examine the issue of lead contaminated water in Galesburg and work with officials to develop a long-term solution.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) wrote an op-ed in the Galesburg Register-Mail and gave a speech on the Floor of the House urging action to achieve a long-term solution to the problem of elevated lead levels in Galesburg’s water. On Friday, Bustos met with Galesburg City officials and the Knox County Health Department to hear their perspective and plan to address this problem.
WASHINGTON – Last night, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and several members of Illinois’ Congressional Delegation expressed disappointment and extreme concern over the impact of Governor Rauner’s budget standoff on college students and higher education in Illinois. In February, Governor Rauner vetoed a higher education bill that would have freed up state funds for higher education and scholarships to low-income students.
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) spoke on the House Floor in support of S. 614, the Federal Improper Payments Coordination Act, which passed the House of Representatives by unanimous consent. In May, Rep. Bustos introduced this bill with Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), which is designed to save taxpayer dollars utilizing 21st century data analytics to eliminate improper payments and rein in waste and fraud across federal agencies.
Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voted in favor of H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act of 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.