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.
More on Jobs, Economy & Small Business
MOLINE - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) applauded the 6-5 vote by the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability to recommend keeping the Illinois Youth Center at Kewanee open. With their formal recommendation, the decision now falls to Governor Rauner. If the Governor decides to close the Kewanee Center, it would cost nearly 200 hardworking men and women in Henry County their jobs.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced the Boosting America’s Exports (BAE) Act, which will strengthen the economy and create good-paying American jobs by assisting small and medium sized businesses to help them increase their exports. The original co-sponsors of the bill included Representatives Anne Kuster (NH-02), Jim Himes (CT-04), Mike Quigley (IL-05), Don Beyer (VA-08), Jared Polis (CO-02), Derek Kilmer (WA-6), Bill Foster (IL-11), and John Carney (DE-AL).
WASHINGTON – The Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that passed the House Armed Services Committee early this morning includes bipartisan provisions of the Army Arsenal Revitalization Act and the Make It At Home Act authored by Reps. Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) and Dave Loebsack (IA-02). The provisions of these bills included in the committee-passed NDAA will help ensure the long-term success of the Rock Island Arsenal and the more than 6,000 hard working men and women who work on Arsenal Island.
WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) urged Governor Bruce Rauner to release previously approved state funding to build a Quad-Cities to Chicago passenger rail line. Last May, Governor Rauner used an executive order to halt this funding and, with federal funding already secured, the Governor’s executive order has left a critical economic development project in limbo. In her letter, Bustos also asked that if the Governor does not release the funds immediately, he should at the very least provide a public timeline for when he intends to do so.
WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) released the following statement in marking Equal Pay Day:
ROCK ISLAND, IL – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin held a press conference outside of the Rock Island Arsenal to discuss Bustos’ recently introduced, bipartisan Army Arsenal Revitalization Act (AARA), which aims to increase the amount of business directed to Army arsenals, such as the Rock Island Arsenal. Senator Durbin has co-sponsored similar legislation in the Senate.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky will travel to Cuba on Sunday with President Obama. Obama will be only the second sitting U.S. President to visit Cuba after Calvin Coolidge’s visit in 1928.
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced the bipartisan Army Arsenal Revitalization Act (AARA), which aims to increase the amount of business directed to Army arsenals, such as the Rock Island Arsenal.
WASHINTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) was invited to the White House to discuss the United States’ policy towards Cuba. In the meeting with one of President Obama’s top national security advisers, Congresswoman Bustos voiced her strong support for increasing agricultural trade to benefit Illinois’ agricultural economy.
WASHINGTON – Today, at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee markup of the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) introduced and passed an amendment to ensure that veterans receive hiring preference for work on airport improvement projects.