Bustos Votes to Ensure Infrastructure Safety and Protect Illinois Homebuyers and Renters by re-opening Key Agencies

WASHINGTON– Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted to pass legislation to fund the Department of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and related agencies for fiscal year 2019, ensuring the 220,000 families living in HUD supported housing do not face eviction.

“Every day this shutdown continues, the safety and well-being of Illinois families is put at risk,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Today I voted to fully fund the Department of Transportation and the Department of Housing and Urban development to ensure that our air traffic controllers are paid, the planes we board are being inspected and that the most vulnerable among us aren’t thrown out on the street. We need to end this shutdown to keep our communities and families safe.”

In efforts to mitigate the impacts of President Trump’s shutdown on the American people, House Democrats have advanced a series of appropriations bills to re-open federal agencies and restore vital services. Today’s appropriations bill is virtually identical to bipartisan legislation that previously passed the Senate – providing the Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies with $71.4 billion in discretionary funding, allowing them to remain open.

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

  • Keeping 220,000 Illinois families off the streets– This measure would prevent more than 220,000 Illinois families receiving various kinds of rental assistance from being evicted.
  • Resuming health and safety inspections– Fully funding these agencies will allow HUDS’s Real Estate Assessment Center to conduct inspections in assisted housing.
  • Supporting the aviation workforce– Re-opening the Department of Transportation will ensure that air traffic controllers are paid, new staff can be trained and safety certification workers can get back on the job.
  • Ensuring roadway safety– This legislation will allow the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to resume investigations into vehicle manufacturing defects.