Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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Standing Up For Women

Advocating for women and families has been a continued focus throughout my life and career.  I have always firmly believed that women should have equal opportunities and the ability to voice their opinions on community issues – whether the setting is in workplace, in the classroom or in the public sector.

As a working mom who raised three sons, I have experienced many of the issues, and challenges, women face first hand.  I support equal pay for equal work, support a woman’s right to choose, support renewing and strengthening the Violence Against Women Act and believe that women should continue to have access to preventative health and family planning services.

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Apr 14, 2015

Decades ago, raising three small boys in Northwest Illinois, my husband and I worked opposite shifts for years. When I was a cub newspaper reporter, I worked second shift and would arrive home from the newsroom each night just in time for my husband to leave for his graveyard shift as a rookie cop. The constant trade-offs were exhausting, and we missed spending quality time together as a family — and as husband and wife.

Apr 14, 2015
Today, on Equal Pay Day, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos called on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to help close the still persistent wage gap between men and women. In Illinois’ 17th Congressional District, women make only 73 cents on the dollar compared to men for doing the same work, even worse than the national average of 78 cents on the dollar.
Apr 3, 2015

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced her support for a bipartisan effort to make child care more affordable for working families, the Child and Dependent Care FSA Enhancement Act. This bill would increase the amount of pre-tax money that a family can put into a flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for child care.

Mar 6, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined the Diversifying Technology Caucus, a new bipartisan coalition dedicated to encouraging more women, minorities and veterans to enter Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related fields.
Feb 26, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and a bipartisan coalition of House Members led by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney announced they will soon introduce the House version of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act (CASA), which takes aim at sexual assaults on college and university campuses by protecting and empowering students, strengthening accountability and transparency for institutions and establishing stiff penalties for non-compliance with the legislation’s new standards for training, data and best practices.
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
Jan 7, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined with the women of the House Democratic Caucus in recognition that the new 114th Congress has the most women Members in American history.
Dec 19, 2014

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

Oct 13, 2014
The average cost of child care is more than it costs to send your kids to college.