Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) joined with fellow downstate Illinois Representatives Rodney Davis (IL-13), John Shimkus (IL-15), Mike Bost (IL-12) and Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and Illinois Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk in the introduction of the Fairness in Federal Disaster Declarations Act to reform the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) disaster declaration process and bring fairness to our small communities in larger states like Illinois.
Mar 24, 2015 Press Release
As Urged By Bustos, VA Changes Calculation for Veterans Choice Program Eligibility
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) heeded her call to expand veterans’ access to healthcare by modifying the calculation used to determine whether a veteran is eligible to receive care at a non-VA medical facility through the Veterans Choice Program.
Mar 18, 2015 Press Release
Supports Push To Lower Student Loan Interest Rates & To Allow Refinancing Of Existing Loans
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos continued her efforts to make college more affordable and accessible for Illinois students and families by supporting legislation to lower student loan interest rates and allow for the refinancing of existing student loans.
Mar 18, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) shared the story of Annalea, a Spoon River College student, who Bustos met in Canton last week during her tour of the region’s community colleges to discuss her effort to make college more affordable and accessible. In a speech on the floor of the U.S.

Mar 18, 2015 Press Release
Bipartisan Bill Would Give Greater Voice To Local Communities In Funding Transportation Projects
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, fought to expand local control over federal transportation dollars by joining with Congressman Rodney Davis and introducing the bipartisan Innovation in Surface Transportation Act.
Mar 12, 2015 Press Release
Effort Comes After Bustos Hears Concerns From Local First Responders At Train Derailment Site Near Galena
Following her visit earlier this week to the BNSF train derailment site south of Galena to thank first responders, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, fought today to ensure first responders in local communities have the training and resources they need in the event of a train derailment or fuel spill.
Mar 10, 2015 Press Release

Following the recent BNSF train derailment south of Galena, U.S. Representative Cheri Bustos (D-IL) and U.S.

Mar 9, 2015 Press Release
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, called on the Obama Administration to act now to strengthen safety standards for rail tank cars carrying crude oil.
Mar 6, 2015 Press Release
New Bipartisan Caucus To Promote Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) For Women, Minorities & Veterans
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.
Mar 4, 2015 Press Release
Letter To VA Secretary Comes After Bustos’ Week Long Veterans Tour Of Region
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and a bipartisan coalition of 49 other Members of Congress urged Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald to improve veterans’ access to medical care under the Veterans Choice program.