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

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: 

Jul 14, 2014
I am proud to post my official schedule online so Illinoisans can see who is lobbying their Congresswoman and for what. Earning your trust and operating my office in an open and transparent way is a priority for me.
May 12, 2014
Every year, report after report is cranked out concluding the same thing – too many federal government programs are inefficient, costly, ineffective or all of the above.
Apr 28, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continued her efforts to increase government transparency and accountability of taxpayer money by supporting the bipartisan Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act.
Mar 31, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined with Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn and 160 House colleagues in sending the following letter to the offices of House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte.
May 14, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that she has started to post her weekly schedule of official meetings on her website to promote further transparency and openness in government and to stay accountable to her constituents.