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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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 20, 2015
Tonight, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released the following statement at the conclusion of the President’s State of the Union Address
Dec 19, 2014

SUBJ: Bustos Continues Fighting for the Right Priorities during Second Year in Office
DATE: December 19th, 2014

Oct 7, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos welcomed U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh to the region.
Sep 25, 2014
Collaboration was identified as a key for future economic growth in Illinois during an economic summit held Thursday at Augustana College, Rock Island.
Sep 25, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos gathered manufacturing and economic development leaders for her second annual Economic Summit, the highlight of the year’s programming in Partnering for Illinois’ Economic Future, an initiative launched by Bustos in 2013 to foster economic collaboration in the 17th Congressional District of Illinois.
Sep 24, 2014
UI Labs intends to establish a hub for innovative manufacturing
Sep 24, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Senator Dick Durbin outlined the potential impact the new the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (or Digital Lab) will have on the Peoria region and throughout Illinois.

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