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 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.


Sep 17, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that 79 Members of Congress have officially backed her letter to Speaker John Boehner urging him to keep the House in session every day until a deal is reached to prevent another government shutdown.
Aug 5, 2015

In Letter to Labor Secretary, Members Urge Increased Use Of Project Labor Agreements To Enhance Efficiency & Quality Of Federal Construction Projects

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and a bipartisan coalition of other Members of Congress urged the White House to promote the utilization of local skilled workers on federal construction projects. The members sent a letter to Labor Secretary Tom Perez calling on the White House to renew its efforts to increase the number of Project Labor Agreements (PLA) on federal construction projects.

Jul 9, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continued her efforts to create jobs for our nation’s veterans by introducing the Jobs for Heroes Act, legislation that would not only reauthorize, but also expand and make permanent two currently expired federal business tax credits designed to spur veteran employment.
Jun 10, 2015
Today, on the 52nd anniversary of President John F. Kennedy signing the Equal Pay Act into law, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos called on Congress to act to close the still persistent wage gap between men and women by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act.
May 29, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed long-delayed biofuel targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program:
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.