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Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Announces Nearly $100,000 in USDA Infrastructure Grants

April 25th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Announces Nearly $100,000 in USDA Infrastructure Grants

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that nearly $100,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) rural infrastructure grants have been awarded to Morrison, Oquawka and Williamsfield, Illinois. “Our small cities and villages are the fabric of the Heartland and the drivers of our rural economy,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Since I was elected to Congress nearly a decade ago, I’ve always prioritized ensuring that all of our communities receive the attention and support they deserve from the federal government. I’m so glad to announce that Morrison, Oquawka and Williamsfield,... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Presents $400,000 Check to Western Illinois University Quad-Cities Campus

April 22nd, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Presents $400,000 Check to Western Illinois University Quad-Cities Campus

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) visited Western Illinois University’s Quad-Cities Campus in Moline where she presented a $400,000 check for their small business programming. Bustos secured the federal investment through the Community Project Funding process. “Three years ago, I gathered community leaders from throughout the district I serve and held roundtables to hear directly from them about their local economies,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “And at each of these roundtables, I heard stories about local small business owners who needed help. While we may be on the... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Announces Availability of $156M in COPS Grants for Law Enforcement Agencies

April 21st, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Announces Availability of $156M in COPS Grants for Law Enforcement Agencies

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) is accepting applications for more than $156 million in grant funding. The COPS grant program supports law enforcement agencies with funding for additional law enforcement officers. The program aims to improve community policing capacity and crime prevention efforts. “In order to keep our communities safe, it’s important our law enforcement agencies have the best tools and resources available to support their officers,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “This year’s... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Rips Putin As ‘Kremlin Gremlin’ After Sanctions

April 15th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Rips Putin As 'Kremlin Gremlin' After Sanctions

Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has entered into a war of words with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling him the “Kremlin Gremlin” and ripping him up after Bustos was sanctioned by the Russian Government this week. Bustos, as a member of  the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, voted to pass $13.6 billion in military and humanitarian assistance to support the people of Ukraine as well as legislation to suspend normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus as well as all energy imports from Russia. In response, the Russian Foreign Ministry formally sanctioned Bustos,... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Applauds President Biden’s Action to Allow Summer Sales of E15

April 13th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Applauds President Biden's Action to Allow Summer Sales of E15

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) released the following statement on President Joe Biden’s emergency action to allow summer sales of E15 to help reduce gas prices. E15 is currently selling for up to 60 cents cheaper per gallon than traditional gasoline. “With Putin’s price hike driving high gas prices nationwide, it’s essential that we take action to cut prices at the pump. Today’s emergency action from President Biden to allow summer sales for E15 is the right choice for consumers, family farmers and our rural communities,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “By blending our fuel with... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Colleagues Release Statement on Recent EPA Biofuels Decision

April 12th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Colleagues Release Statement on Recent EPA Biofuels Decision

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) joined Representatives Angie Craig (MN-02), David Scott (GA-13) and Cindy Axne (IA-03) in a statement responding to the Biden Administration’s recent decision to rescind 31 oil refineries’ previously-granted waivers from biofuel blending requirements. In the statement, the Members applauded the Administration’s denial of Small Refinery Exemptions as a step in the right direction, while noting their disappointment that the facilities wouldn’t be required to purchase compliance credits or blend biofuels to fulfill their 2018 obligations. “Last Thursday’s... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Announces Congressional Art Competition

April 10th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Announces Congressional Art Competition

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) invited high school students from across Illinois’ 17th Congressional District to submit their original artwork for the annual Congressional Art Competition. Congresswoman Bustos will be accepting submissions through the deadline – which is Thursday, April 21st. Students are limited to one entry each. “Every year, talented students from across our district submit creative artwork for the Congressional Art Competition, and I’m excited to announce this year’s competition is now underway,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “When I walk the halls of the Capitol,... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Urges Biden Administration to Prioritize Biofuels to Reduce Gas Prices

April 3rd, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Urges Biden Administration to Prioritize Biofuels to Reduce Gas Prices

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) joined her colleagues on the Congressional Biofuels Caucus in a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to prioritize homegrown, renewable biofuels as a replacement for Russian energy sources. The letter comes after Congress banned the importation of Russian oil earlier this month. In their letter, the Members applauded the decision to ban imports of Russian oil and natural gas into the United States and argued that a renewed emphasis on renewable fuels would lower fuel prices for American consumers by more than $12 billion annually, generate substantial... Read More

Bustos Secures More Than $55 Million for Local Projects, Support for Illinois’ Priorities in Major Funding Package

March 30th, 2022
Bustos Secures More Than $55 Million for Local Projects, Support for Illinois’ Priorities in Major Funding Package

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, helped pass a major funding package for Fiscal Year 2022. Congresswoman Bustos secured significant local wins – including more than $55.65 million for local projects in Peoria, Rockford, the Quad-Cities, Galesburg, East Dubuque, Freeport and Morrison. This package will be voted on by the Senate and signed into law by President Biden in the coming days. The package also includes $13.6 billion in new military and humanitarian assistance to support the people of Ukraine, a 2.7 percent raise for military... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Talks About How Obamacare Has Changed Illinois, The U.S.

March 27th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Talks About How Obamacare Has Changed Illinois, The U.S.

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) highlighted how, after twelve years, the life-saving Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” has expanded access to quality, affordable health insurance in Illinois and across the country. “The Affordable Care Act represented a generational step forward in the fight to secure quality, affordable health care for every American,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “Twelve years later, this historic law continues to safeguard the lives, health and financial security of hardworking families. Thanks to its landmark coverage protections, hundreds of... Read More