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

Dec 7, 2015

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.

Nov 19, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voted in favor of H.R. 4038, the American SAFE Act of 2015.

 

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 22, 2015

Washington, DC - This morning, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos issued the following statement at the opening of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s markup session for H.R. 3763, the Surface Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015.

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Good morning. I want to thank all of my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, for coming together today to advance the critically important, bipartisan Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 (H.R. 3763).

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 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.

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