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Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Votes for CHIPS and Science Act to Lower Families’ Costs

August 3rd, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Votes for CHIPS and Science Act to Lower Families’ Costs

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted to pass historic, bipartisan legislation to address inflation, strengthen Illinois families’ financial future, boost America’s research advantage and safeguard our economic and national security for generations to come. The CHIPS and Science Act will deliver a powerful investment in America’s global competitiveness – creating jobs, slashing kitchen table costs, ending dependence on foreign manufacturers and turbocharging American innovation. Previously passed by the Senate, this legislation now heads to the President’s desk to be signed into law. “As... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Votes to Pass Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act

July 30th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Votes to Pass Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted to pass the Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act – legislation to invest in wildfire prevention, response and resiliency efforts for communities impacted by drought. The bill also includes a provision supported by Congresswoman Bustos to increase pay for federal structural firefighters – including those at the Rock Island Arsenal. “As extreme weather events become increasingly common, we continue to see the heartbreaking impacts of wildfires on American families,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “I was proud to help pass comprehensive legislation... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos’ Priorities Pass House in Six-Bill Appropriations Package

July 25th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos' Priorities Pass House in Six-Bill Appropriations Package

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, helped pass an Appropriations legislative package for Fiscal Year 2023. Congresswoman Bustos secured local wins in each of the six bills: Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA; Energy and Water Development; Financial Services, General Government; Interior-Environment; Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Transportation-HUD. The package included eleven of Congresswoman Bustos’ Community Project Funding requests. This package now heads to the Senate. “During my final year serving Northwest and... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Votes to Protect Right to Contraception

July 23rd, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Votes to Protect Right to Contraception

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted to pass the Right to Contraception Act – legislation to protect access to birth control in the wake of the Supreme Court’s assault on reproductive rights. The legislation would guarantee the right to obtain and use birth control as established in Griswold v. Connecticut,  including oral contraception, emergency contraception and IUDs. The bill would also grant the Attorney General the ability to take civil action against any state or government official that implements or enforces legislation preventing access to these contraceptives. “There is nothing... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Votes to Enshrine Marriage Equality in Federal Law

July 20th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Votes to Enshrine Marriage Equality in Federal Law

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) voted to pass the Respect for Marriage Act – legislation to enshrine marriage equality for same-sex and interracial couples into federal law. The bill would also formally repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and provide additional legal protections for marriage equality. Despite national support for marriage equality reaching record high levels, 157 House Republicans voted against the measure. “In our country, freedom is sacred. And that includes the freedom to marry the person you love,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “While the vast majority... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Helps Pass Annual Defense Bill Supporting Service Members

July 18th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Helps Pass Annual Defense Bill Supporting Service Members

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, helped pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to strengthen U.S. national security. The package will develop new technologies, improve coordination between America’s global network of allies and partners and support our country’s democratic values and the servicemembers and families who form the foundation for America’s defense. The 2023 NDAA also includes a provision in which Congress formally recognizes the contributions of women who served in the Cadet Nurse Corps during... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Secures Wins in Homeland Security Appropriations Markup

July 17th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Secures Wins in Homeland Security Appropriations Markup

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, helped advance out of Committee a comprehensive homeland security funding bill that would invest in smart, effective border security, meet humanitarian needs of migrants and support programs proven to keep Americans safe. “Ensuring Americans are safe here at home is critically important,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “This year, I was proud to help advance a Homeland Security appropriations bill that will bring resources to our emergency warning systems, support our nation’s firefighters and make... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Secures Local Wins in Financial Services and General Government Appropriations

July 14th, 2022
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... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Secures More Than $9.3 Million for Local Projects in Transportation

July 13th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Secures More Than $9.3 Million for Local Projects in Transportation

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, helped advance out of Committee a comprehensive transportation, housing and urban development funding bill that will bring significant federal resources to projects in Northwest and Central Illinois. “Listening to folks in all of our communities and delivering results to improve lives is at the very core of my role as a Member of Congress,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “This week, I helped advance a funding bill that includes millions in federal funding to enhance quality of life for residents, improve... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Announces $1.4 Million in Federal Funding for Head Start Project

July 11th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Announces $1.4 Million in Federal Funding for Head Start Project

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announced a $1,473,639 grant for the Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency. The grant was awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will be put toward a Head Start project. The Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency (NICAA) seeks to diminish the causes and effects of poverty by helping people identify and obtain the resources to achieve stability to build stronger families and communities. “By supporting Freeport’s Head Start program, we are encouraging... Read More