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WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) applauded the White House’s ‘First Job’ proposal which would assist young Americans with skills and job training. Far too many young people are struggling to find their first job, and are often not prepared with the skills needed in our changing workforce.
WASHINGTON – Today, the White House announced a proposal for over $1.1 billion in new funding to address the heroin epidemic and prescription opioid abuse. As the heroin epidemic has taken a heavy toll on too many families in communities across Illinois, Congresswoman Bustos has advocated for additional funding for treatment centers and law enforcement agencies to stem this crisis.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Seven years ago today, President Obama signed his first bill into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This important legislation took several steps to help close the pay gap that exists between men and women in the workplace. While there has been incremental progress on the national level, where women now earn an average of 79 cents for every dollar a man makes, it's clear that there's still progress to be made. In the 17th Congressional District, this figure is even worse, with women only making 72 cents for every dollar a man is paid.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that she has nominated seven Illinois students for admission to the United States Service Academies for the class entering in the fall of 2016. Each year, Bustos has the honor of nominating qualified young people from Illinois’ 17th Congressional District for attendance at four service academies: the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY, the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos applauded new rules from the Departments of Commerce and Treasury that will make it easier for American manufacturers, such as Caterpillar and Deere & Co., to export goods to Cuba. Since Congresswoman Bustos returned from her bipartisan trade mission to Cuba in October, she has been focused on cutting through red tape to make it easier for Cuba to access the same kinds of standard credit markets and terms offered by virtually every other nation in the world when they make imports.
ROCK ISLAND, IL – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) encouraged constituents across Illinois’ 17th Congressional District to participate in the “Valentines for Veterans” program by dropping off or mailing a Valentine’s Day card for a veteran at her Rock Island, Rockford or Peoria offices. The deadline for submitting cards is Wednesday, February 10th, and Bustos will then distribute these Valentine’s Day cards to local veterans. This is the third year in a row that Bustos has organized “Valentine’s for Veterans.”
Rep. Bustos encourages manufacturers to host a student or recent graduate as an apprentice or intern in 2016 to retain talented young people in our region.
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) offered the following statement after President Obama’s final State of the Union Address:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that she will be hosting Mr. Gary Halbach, the President and CEO of the Rockford area non-profit Remedies Renewing Lives, at Tuesday’s State of the Union Address. Every year, Remedies provides support for about 1,500 victims of domestic violence and 1,800 people for opioid treatment, primarily for heroin addiction.
Washington, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined a bipartisan majority in voting for the federal Omnibus funding bill. This legislation, which funds the Federal Government through September 2016, makes significant investments in workforce training, Head Start, community health centers, infrastructure, national security, veterans and Justice Department programs to combat the scourge of heroin addiction.