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.

More on Standing Up For Women

Sep 12, 2014
In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act being signed into law, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos visited the Fulton-Mason Crisis Service Friday afternoon and Canton's mayor declared October to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the city.
Sep 12, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos visited domestic violence centers in Peoria and Canton to recognize the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) being signed into law.
Sep 12, 2014
17th District Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act by touring domestic violence centers in the area.
Aug 5, 2014

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos is co-sponsoring legislation that aims to make the university experience safer. The 17th District Congresswoman is one of about 20 representatives introducing the House version of the Campus Safety and Accountability act. 

The measure focuses on protecting students and standardizing practices regarding sexual assault on college campuses. The bill seeks to hold colleges and perpetrators accountable in a consistent way on campuses nationwide. Bustos says there’s an epidemic of sexual assault going unaddressed. 

Jul 31, 2014
A flurry of legislation filed this week aiming to address college sexual assault suggests Republican lawmakers have ignored conservative pundits' insistence there is no campus rape epidemic.
Jul 31, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and a bipartisan coalition of 18 House Members introduced the House version of the Campus Safety and Accountability Act.
Jun 11, 2014
We awoke one morning in Kabul to the sound of not-too-distant explosions, marking the start to the fighting season.
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.
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 17, 2014
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) unveiled a new report on the state of women’s economic health in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District.