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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Apr 8, 2014
Today, on Equal Pay Day, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continued her call for Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, a common sense bill that would ensure equal pay for equal work.
Apr 4, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released the following statement on the news that the Bureau of Prisons has begun the process of finding staff for Thomson prison.
Apr 3, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos reminded taxpayers in Illinois who may be owed a refund on their 2010 taxes to file by April 15th to ensure they are able to receive it.
Apr 1, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released the following statement after Congressman Paul Ryan, the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, released his latest budget proposal.
Mar 24, 2014
When we met with community leaders in Thomson just more than six months ago to brief them on progress and next steps in the activation of the prison, we were upfront about the challenges on the horizon.
Mar 19, 2014
Median earnings for women in the 17th Congressional District are 30 percent lower than men's earnings, according to a new report released by Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline.
Mar 14, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on the announcement yesterday that the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons has committed funding for the activation of Thomson prison.
Mar 13, 2014
The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons has removed a big hurdle to opening the Thomson Correctional Center.
Mar 13, 2014
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos today announced that the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons has committed $53.7 million in funding to the activation of Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Illinois.
Mar 6, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos met with members from the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce to discuss regional economic priorities.