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 4, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) applauded the White House’s ‘First Job’ proposal which would assist young Americans with skills and job training. Far too many young people are struggling to find their first job, and are often not prepared with the skills needed in our changing workforce.

 

Jan 14, 2016

Rep. Bustos encourages manufacturers to host a student or recent graduate as an apprentice or intern in 2016 to retain talented young people in our region.

 

Jan 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) offered the following statement after President Obama’s final State of the Union Address:

 

Dec 18, 2015

Washington, D.C.  - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined a bipartisan majority in voting for the federal Omnibus funding bill. This legislation, which funds the Federal Government through September 2016, makes significant investments in workforce training, Head Start, community health centers, infrastructure, national security, veterans and Justice Department programs to combat the scourge of heroin addiction.

Dec 17, 2015

Washington, D.C.  - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos voted to help pass H.R. 2029, a comprehensive tax extenders package that will preserve tax cuts for working families while providing economic incentives that will help local manufacturers like Caterpillar and John Deere grow. The bill, which passed by a bipartisan vote of 318 to 109 has received the support of President Obama and is expected to be signed into law after a vote in the Senate.

 

Dec 17, 2015

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (IL-17) today announced that the Omnibus Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2016 includes a level of funding for Bureau of Prisons that will allow for continued funding for the activation of the Thomson correctional facility in Thomson, Illinois.

Dec 15, 2015

Washington, D.C.  - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos sent a letter to Governor Bruce Rauner reiterating her top infrastructure priorities in the 17th Congressional District. Bustos, who serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, worked to help pass a bipartisan five-year highway funding bill, the first long-term highway bill to be signed into law in a decade. The bill includes over $7.5 billion in federal highway funding for Illinois over the next five years.

 

Dec 3, 2015

Washington, DC - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, voted with a bipartisan majority to pass the five-year Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. This final version of the conference bill now moves to the Senate where it is expected to pass and be sent to the President to be signed into law. The final vote was 359 to 65.

 

Nov 30, 2015

Washington, DC - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made its long awaited decision to increase ethanol usage in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In June, the EPA released a proposed rule with significantly lower biofuel requirements, so as a member of the House Agriculture Committee and House Biofuels Caucus, Bustos fought back and helped secure this improved standard.

 

Nov 17, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D, IL-17) and Rodney Davis (R, IL-13) announced that they have signed on to support the Cuba Agricultural Exports Act (H.R. 3687), making it a bipartisan bill.

 

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