Watch Bustos’ Remarks In The U.S. House of Representatives HERE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to discuss the importance of putting people over politics in the on-going budget debates in Washington. Bustos spoke about her recent visits to Head Start locations throughout the region and the importance of investing in programs that serve the middle class.
Bustos’ prepared remarks are below:
I rise today to talk about the impact that the on-going budget debates in Washington are having on the hard-working families I am honored to serve in Illinois.
Last November, the people of the 17th District of Illinois elected me because they were sick and tired of the partisan gridlock in Congress.
I’ve spent my short time in office working across the aisle to find common sense solutions to the problems facing our nation.
But too many in Washington continue to have the wrong priorities – putting politics ahead of people.
Here’s just one example.
During the last month, I’ve visited Head Start locations across my district.
Head Start provides quality early childhood education, and is an important down-payment on our region’s economic well-being.
In fact, for every dollar invested in Head Start, there’s a seven to nine dollar return.
But due to short-sighted cuts, needy children and families are being turned away at the door.
In the region I serve, there is a waiting list of several hundred children while dedicated staff members continue to have to cut back.
This is unacceptable and will hurt our economy in the long-run.
I’m willing to work with those I disagree with to find reasonable solutions that put people before politics.
As fiscal debates in Washington continue, I urge my colleagues to put aside politics.
Let’s find solutions that put the American people first.