Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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Jobs, Economy & Small Business

We need to get America back to work. Too many families are still struggling today and enough is enough.  For too long, lawmakers have been looking out for themselves instead of looking out for the middle class. I want to focus on job creation and economic growth, not on scoring political points by handing out special favors.

In addition to strong and growing businesses, we need strong and healthy labor organizations. Without labor unions, it is my belief that we would not have a middle class – and today both are in a downward trend. We must stop this.

Revitalizing the Manufacturing Sector

Focusing on lowering the unemployment rate is not enough. We need to create jobs that provide livable wages and good benefits. This means more manufacturing jobs.

I support the creation of a “Manufacturing Triangle,” to promote manufacturing and innovation throughout the region.  With the Quad-Cities, Rockford and Peoria as manufacturing center anchors, we have the number of skilled laborers in the work force as well as the existing infrastructure and innovation capacity to expand our region into a national hub of manufacturing growth.

Leveling the Playing Field

America has the best workers in the world, but they are competing on an uneven playing field that leads to jobs being shipped overseas to China, India and around the world.  I believe we should end unfair trade deals and repeal incentives for corporations to move jobs abroad.  The Patriot Employer Act would eliminate incentives for firms to outsource jobs and promote domestic manufacturing.  This is a good first step to leveling the playing field.  I will push for more common sense measures like this so that we can reverse incentivized job offshoring.

Helping Small Businesses Expand

Small businesses are the drivers of job growth and the bedrock of our communities and I will fight for proposals that strengthen and allow small businesses to thrive.  I support a permanent extension of the research and development tax credit.  Additionally, regulations for small businesses with less than 100 employees should be examined to eliminate unnecessary, onerous rules that inhibit innovation and stifle growth.

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Nov 17, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17) and Rodney Davis (R, IL-13) announced that they have signed on to support the Cuba Agricultural Exports Act (H.R. 3687), making it a bipartisan bill.


Nov 5, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, voted to pass H.R. 22, a bipartisan six-year Highway Reauthorization bill. This legislation represents a true compromise between Democrats and Republicans and will provide the certainty needed to focus on rebuilding our roads, repairing our bridges and spurring job creation with Buy America provisions Bustos fought for.


Nov 4, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) announced the appointment of Congresswoman Cheri Bustos as a Senior Whip. Bustos, who is currently in her second term, will leverage her position to fight for policies that advance American manufacturing, ensure women’s economic security and grow our middle-class.

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 28, 2015

Washington, DC – Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced Illinois will be receiving nearly $12 million in United States Department of Agriculture funding from the Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP) program. Nationally, these funds will be used to nearly double the number of fueling pumps that supply renewable fuels to American motorists.


This announcement comes after months of behind the scenes work by Rep. Bustos to secure these funds to strengthen Illinois’ agricultural economy.


Oct 27, 2015

Washington, DC - This afternoon, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos cast her vote to pass a bipartisan reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank that expired on July 1st. Earlier this month, she signed a bipartisan discharge petition, the first one to be successful since 2002, to circumvent the Speaker and force today’s reauthorization vote. The bill was passed by a bipartisan coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans.


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.


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).

Oct 15, 2015

Last night, U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17) and Rodney Davis (R, IL-13) returned to the United States from the Illinois Cuba Working Group’s Bipartisan Agricultural Trade Mission to Havana. To establish new economic opportunities for Illinois farmers, Bustos, Davis and Illinois agricultural and business leaders met with Cuban officials to discuss opportunities to increase our exports to the island nation and strengthen bilateral trade relations.

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.