Bustos Scores Victories for Workers, Small Business and Water Infrastructure in Appropriations Bills

With Critical Bustos Provisions Included, Appropriations Bills Head to House Floor for Final Passage

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) helped pass a pair of robust funding bills out of the powerful House Appropriations Committee that includes multiple provisions pushed by Congresswoman Bustos. Both pieces of legislation will now head to the House floor for final passage. Congresswoman Bustos included language to support federal workers in both Thomson and Pekin, improve local water infrastructure and support local businesses.

“Advancing today’s legislation takes crucial steps forward to improve the overall health and well-being in so many aspects of our communities,” said Congresswoman Bustos, a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. “From making sure our federal employees, youth and local businesses have the support they need to strengthening our water infrastructure, this bill brings meaningful investments back to our communities.”

BACKGROUND

Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies

With federal workers employed in both Thomson and Pekin by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Congresswoman Bustos fought to include an increase to BOP’s salaries and expenses account in support of these local employers and employees. As a result, an increase of $75 million from fiscal year 2019 was included in this legislation to provide these workers with the resources needed to carry out their duties, implement the First Step Act and keep inmates and staff safe.

Congresswoman Bustos has always been an advocate for our children and families, which she has shown by continued investments in their health care, education and beyond. That’s why earlier this year she wrote a letter in support of the City of Rockford receiving grant funding from the Consolidated Youth Oriented Program to build a new facility that serves children impacted by domestic violence. In this bill, these funds were increased by $9 million more than the fiscal year 2019 level – which ultimately could be used to establish a community response team to help the Rockford area serve the needs of impacted children and families.

Congresswoman Bustos has introduced the Boosting America’s Exports Act – a bill designed to help small and medium sized businesses increase their exports and compete across the globe. Congresswoman Bustos was able to insert text similar to the Boosting America’s Exports Act into this funding bill, which directs the International Trade Administration to identify U.S. Export Assistance Centers who serve small and medium sized businesses and assist them with the export of their goods or services. To enhance those efforts, today’s legislation includes $530 million for the International Trade Administration, providing a boost to businesses across the region.

Interior, Environment and Related Agencies

Congresswoman Bustos knows every community should have access to clean drinking water. Today’s bill includes a priority of Congresswoman Bustos to increase funds for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). Specifically, $1.8 billion are set aside for CWSRF, while $1.3 billion will go toward DWSRF. Both of these programs enable states and localities to make needed improvements to their water drinking systems.

Representing many small towns and rural communities, Congresswoman Bustos understands the unique challenges they face – including their ability to uphold standards detailed in the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. That’s why Congresswoman Bustos secured funding to help overcome those challenges by protecting water resources in rural areas and providing safe public sanitation. This legislation provides $15 million for the Grassroots Rural and Small Community Water Act, while $1.7 million is granted for the Technical Assistance for Water Treatment Works.

At the end of last Congress, Congresswoman Bustos helped pass legislation to encourage green infrastructure development in cities like Peoria. In today’s legislation, Congresswoman Bustos capitalized on those improvements by securing $90 million in grant funds for the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grants – which were reauthorized in the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 and help reduce sewer overflows and other storm water issues.

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