Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Secures Local Wins in Financial Services and General Government Appropriations
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, helped advance out of Committee a comprehensive financial services and general government funding bill that grows opportunity, and helps small business owners and middle-class families get ahead.
“When our families and small businesses succeed, our communities and our nation succeed,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve got to do everything we can to help folks get ahead. With this year’s financial services and general government funding bill, we’ll improve opportunities in our cities and towns and ensure that the federal government is focused on our families.”
Congresswoman Bustos secured the following priorities:
- $325,000 for Mercer County Better Together’s Business Retention and Expansion Program: This bill includes $325,000 in Community Project Funding to build and sustain local economic resilience by establishing and stabilizing Mercer County’s first intensive business retention and expansion program.
- Small business succession planning support: This bill includes language encouraging the Small Business Administration to develop succession planning materials and share them with small businesses.
- A report on the use of forced arbitration by federal contractors: This bill includes language directing the Government Accountability Office to issue a report on the use of forced arbitration by federal contractors. Bustos’ Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act was recently signed into law by President Biden.
- Language ensuring that American flags are made in America: This bill includes language in line with Congresswoman Bustos’ All-American Flag Act urging federal agencies to purchase American flags that are made in the United States.
Additional Bustos priorities included were:
- Assistance for small businesses and entrepreneurs through the Small Business Administration and Community Development Financial Institutions.
- Election Security Grants to ensure the integrity and safety of our elections.
- Resources allowing the Internal Revenue Service to finally crack down on big corporations and the wealthy who are not paying their fair share of taxes and to provide better customer service to working families navigating the tax system.
- Increased funding for consumer protection activities at the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to help working families.
- Funding to start the transition of the Federal vehicle fleet to electric and zero-emission vehicles.