Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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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.


Feb 2, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the White House announced a proposal for over $1.1 billion in new funding to address the heroin epidemic and prescription opioid abuse.

Jan 29, 2016 Press Release
In IL-17, women still earn an average of 72 cents for every dollar men are paid

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.

Jan 28, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that she has nominated seven Illinois students for admission to the United States Service Academies for the class entering in the fall of 2016. Each year, Bustos has the honor of nominating qualified young people from Illinois’ 17th Congressional District for attendance at four service academies: the U.S.

Jan 27, 2016 Press Release
Following Bustos’ bipartisan Trade Mission to Cuba, today’s rule could help manufacturers like Caterpillar and Deere & Co.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos applauded new rules from the Departments of Commerce and Treasury that will make it easier for American manufacturers, such as Caterpillar and Deere & Co., to export goods to Cuba.

Jan 25, 2016 Press Release

ROCK ISLAND, IL – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) encouraged constituents across Illinois’ 17th Congressional District to participate in the “Valentines for Veterans” program by dropping off or mailing a Valentine’s Day card for a veteran at her Rock Island, Rockford or Peoria offices.

Jan 14, 2016 Press Release
Manufacturers, elected officials, educational institutions, students, and recent graduates join Rep. Bustos to discuss solutions to close the skills gap in the manufacturing industry

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 Press Release

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


Jan 7, 2016 Press Release
As President and CEO of Remedies Renewing Lives, Halbach has been on the frontlines of providing services to victims of domestic violence and heroin addiction

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.

Jan 5, 2016 Press Release
Bustos supports action to expand the use of criminal background checks that will make it harder for convicted criminals, the dangerously mentally ill and domestic abusers to get their hands on deadly weapons

Washington, D.C.  - Today, after reviewing President Obama’s Executive Actions to reduce gun violence, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos offered her support for common sense measures to protect Illinoisans.

Dec 18, 2015 Press Release
$1.1 Trillion Omnibus bill includes funding for Thomson Correctional Facility, Rock Island Arsenal, Head Start and YouthBuild programs to help risk students in Rockford, Peoria and Quad-Cities

Washington, D.C.  - Today Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined a bipartisan majority in voting for the federal Omnibus funding bill.