Ensuring our communities are safe and inclusive for everyone is among Congresswoman Bustos’ highest priorities. As a member of Congress, she is committed to working toward equality and justice for all. 

Congresswoman Bustos understands that our nation is in pain and our Black communities and communities of color continue to struggle with systemic and structural racism. Our nation holds at its core the American values of equality and justice for all, and we must continue to work toward them.

Racism and bigotry have no place in our society. It is essential that we hold each other accountable, demand civil rights for all, and stand together to inspire positive change and true equity and freedom for all. For meaningful change to happen, it will take action from all levels of government and society.

Congresswoman Bustos supports the following legislation:

H.R. 7120 -George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

This legislation works to address various policies regarding policing practice and law enforcement accountability. This bill also establishes a framework to prohibit racial profiling at the federal, state, and local levels and new requirements for law enforcement officers and agencies, including to report data on use-of-force incidents, to obtain training on implicit bias and racial profiling, and to wear body cameras.

H.R.35 – Emmett Till Antilynching Act

This legislation, which passed the House on February 26, specifies lynching as a federal hate crime.  

H.R.4408 – Eric Garner Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act of 2019

This bill would make the use of chokeholds or maneuvers that restrict oxygen intake or blood flow to the brain by law enforcement unlawful under federal civil rights law.

H.R.7232 – Establishing Juneteenth Independence Day as a Federal holiday

To amend title 5, United States Code, to establish Juneteenth Independence Day as a Federal holiday.

H.R.6902 – Black History is American History Act

This bill authorizes the Secretary of Education to award grants to eligible entities to carry out educational programs that include the history of African-American and Black figures in the founding and growth of America, and the impact on and contributions to the development and enhancement of United States history and society.

H.R.3082 – Woman on the Twenty Act of 2019

This bill would require all $20 Federal Reserve notes printed after December 31, 2022, prominently feature a portrait of Harriet Tubman on their front face.

H.R.1636 – Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act

The legislation would establish a Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys within the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Office to make a systematic study of the conditions affecting black men and boys.

Bustos Statements

Bustos Statement on Killing of George Floyd

Bustos Statement on Nation’s Response to the Killing of George Floyd

Bustos Statement on Trump’s Gassing of Protesters

Representative Bustos on the Justice in Policing Act of 2020

Bustos Statement as George Floyd is Laid to Rest

Bustos Statement on George Floyd Memorial

Bustos Statement on Trump Executive Order on Policing

Tackling Change at a Local Level

In light of the national moment, Congresswoman Bustos has attended listening sessions and meetings with members of the Black community throughout Northwestern and Central Illinois. At one of those meetings, The Resolution, an organization in Rock Island, Illinois, presented a collection of local proposals aimed at reform and change. You can read how legislation Congresswoman Bustos supports aligns with those proposals here and read Congresswoman Bustos’ response to The Resolution here.