VIDEO: Bustos Calls for a Better Deal for Hardworking Illinoisans

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Co-Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, spoke on the House Floor about the new economic agenda for hardworking Americans, “A Better Deal.” Yesterday, she joined House and Senate Democrats in rural Virginia to present this plan to the American public.

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Congresswoman Bustos’ remarks as prepared for delivery are below:

Mr. Speaker,

The economy simply is not working the way it should.

Millions of hardworking men and women across the heartland feel the American dream has slipped out of reach.

In places like Galesburg, Hanover and Freeport, too many of the families I serve have seen their jobs boxed up and shipped to places like Mexico and China.

To make ends meet, many of them have been forced to take on two or three minimum wage jobs.

That’s not the America Democrats believe in.

We believe in an America where we never give up the fight for better jobs, better wages and a better future for all of our families.

This is why I was proud to help present the American public with our Better Deal Economic Agenda.

Together, we will help 10 million hardworking Americans find good-paying, full time jobs by:

  • Making bold investments to rebuild our roads and bridges;
  • Doubling our investments in workforce training and apprenticeships to connect workers with the skills employers need;
  • And while wages will go up, costs will go down by reducing the price prescription drugs and making childcare more affordable.

The American people are tired of excuses from Washington. They want real action. We have a real plan.