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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Sep 9, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos sent a letter to Speaker Boehner calling on him to bring a seven year Export-Import Bank reauthorization up for a vote prior to Congress’ leaving for the upcoming district work period.
Sep 5, 2014
Community leaders gathered around the table today to get their voices heard.
Sep 4, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) announced the formation of their Middle-Class Working Group in Congress to focus on strengthening the middle class.
Sep 2, 2014
A new digital manufacturing facility is getting ready to open in Northern Illinois and it's expected to help improve local manufacturing companies and spark job creation.
Aug 5, 2014
On a tour of central Illinois on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos endorsed the idea of agencies partnering to meet the transportation needs of Fulton County residents.
Jul 3, 2014
The soon-to-come Chicago-based digital manufacturing lab will be a resource for businesses in the Sauk Valley and the state, Rep. Cheri Bustos said.
Jul 1, 2014
The future is coming.
Jun 23, 2014
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Congressman Dave Loebsack today announced that the Bi-State Regional Commission based in Rock Island, Illinois will receive $169,884 for regional economic development planning.
Jun 20, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustoscontinued her fight on behalf of our brave men and women in uniform by supporting the 2015 Defense Department Appropriations Act, which helps fund the U.S. Department of Defense.
Jun 18, 2014
U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk and U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos and Rodney Davis today called on Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to lead Illinois stakeholders – including members of the agriculture, mining, and shipping industries – in a coordinated effort to take advantage of pilot program that could help speed up repairs and upgrades to the aging locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.