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