Bustos Votes To Ensure Illinois Families Receive Tax Refunds Without Delay and to Reopen Treasury, Key Agencies

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted to pass legislation to fund the Department of Treasury (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for fiscal year 2019, mitigating the financial burdens on Illinois families caused by President Trump’s government shutdown.

“Illinois families sent me to Washington to fight for them, and it is my job to ensure that their financial security does not fall victim to President Trump’s reckless shutdown,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “I voted to fund the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service to ensure that Illinoisans receive their tax returns on time, so that small businesses can get the support they need to grow our local economy and to ensure vital consumer protections can be carried out. I promise to continue putting our families first and working with anyone willing to put this shutdown to an end.”

Last week, Congresswoman Bustos and House Democrats took immediate action to open the government and end the president’s shutdown – passing legislation that previously garnered overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate. This week, the House will vote on appropriations bills to re-open agencies that have been held hostage by the White House. Today’s appropriations bill is virtually identical to bipartisan legislation that previously passed the Senate – providing Treasury and the IRS with $23.68 billion in discretionary funding allowing them to remain open through September 30.

This bill ensures that the vital services listed below, which have been halted due to the government shutdown, can resume:

  • TAX REFUNDS – Fully funding the IRS removes uncertainty that more than 5,000,000 hard-working Illinoisans will receive their tax refunds in full and on time. In addition, it resumes all taxpayer customer service centers which help approximately 2.5 million Americans monthly.
  • SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESS – This legislation will re-open the Small Business Administration (SBA), which plays an essential role in the federal contracting process government wide. The SBA also provides federally assisted loans for small businesses, which account for 75% of new job growth in Illinois.
  • CONSUMER PROTECTIONS – This will also resume services provided by the Federal Trade Commission, including the National Do Not Call Registry, consumer complaint systems and identity theft reporting.