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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Jun 22, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC - Last night Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was joined by Congresswomen Annie Kuster (NH-2) and Katherine Clark (MA-5) to speak about the epidemic of campus sexual assault and rape. Studies have shown that one out of five women on college campuses experiences sexual assault however this ongoing epidemic has largely been unaddressed by Congress.

Apr 27, 2016

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that her bipartisan bill to improve care for children born with opioid addiction has passed out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Bustos' bill, the Nurturing and Supporting Healthy Babies Act (H.R. 4978), now moves toward full consideration by the House.

Apr 12, 2016

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) released the following statement in marking Equal Pay Day:

Feb 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) recognized the anniversary of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act. Earlier this week, she also voted in favor of the Female Veterans Suicide Prevention Act, an addition to current efforts which aims to identify mental health and suicide prevention programs that are the most effective and result in the best outcomes among at-risk women veterans.

 

Jan 29, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Seven years ago today, President Obama signed his first bill into law, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This important legislation took several steps to help close the pay gap that exists between men and women in the workplace. While there has been incremental progress on the national level, where women now earn an average of 79 cents for every dollar a man makes, it's clear that there's still progress to be made. In the 17th Congressional District, this figure is even worse, with women only making 72 cents for every dollar a man is paid.

Jan 7, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.  - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that she will be hosting Mr. Gary Halbach, the President and CEO of the Rockford area non-profit Remedies Renewing Lives, at Tuesday’s State of the Union Address. Every year, Remedies provides support for about 1,500 victims of domestic violence and 1,800 people for opioid treatment, primarily for heroin addiction.

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.

Sep 9, 2015

Washington, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos thanked working families from across the 17th Congressional District for being a part of her most productive district work period to date. In all, Rep. Bustos held over 40 official events, meetings and job fairs during the August Congressional recess which ran from July 31 - September 7th.

Jun 10, 2015
Today, on the 52nd anniversary of President John F. Kennedy signing the Equal Pay Act into law, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos called on Congress to act to close the still persistent wage gap between men and women by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act.
May 18, 2015
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos issued the following statement celebrating the 50th anniversary of the launch of Head Start:

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