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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May 15, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Congressman Dave Loebsack announced that their provision to boost the workload at the Rock Island Arsenal passed the House as part of the FY2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Apr 30, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continued her push for a long-term reauthorization of the job-creating Export-Import Bank.
Apr 29, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) and Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-2) announced that the Make It At Home Act, a common sense bill that would help increase workload at our nation’s arsenals, was offered as an amendment that unanimously passed the House Armed Services Committee.
Apr 7, 2015
The Rock Island Arsenal’s Humvee ambulance production line will be extended another two years as a result of $60 million which U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) added to the Fiscal Year 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill, the two Members of Congress announced today during a visit to the Arsenal’s Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center (JMTC).
Apr 3, 2015

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced her support for the Promoting U.S. Jobs through Exports Act, a long-term, seven year reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. If Congress fails to act, the Export-Import Bank’s charter is set to expire on June 30th, 2015, which could put a stop to the jobs and exports it helps support.  

Mar 6, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined the Diversifying Technology Caucus, a new bipartisan coalition dedicated to encouraging more women, minorities and veterans to enter Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related fields.
Feb 12, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continued her push to ensure the federal government purchases only U.S. flags made from 100 percent American-made materials by introducing the bipartisan All-American Flag Act.
Jan 30, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that she has been named to the Highways and Transit Subcommittee and the Aviation Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Jan 29, 2015
Today, on the 6th anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos called on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to help close the still persistent wage gap between men and women.
Jan 23, 2015
Today, Congresswomen Cheri Bustos and Elizabeth Esty introduced the American Jobs Matter Act, which would boost job creation by leveraging taxpayer money spent on federal contracts to support American manufacturers.

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