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Illinois Congresspeople Bustos, Feenstra, Craig, And Hinson Push Bipartisan Bill to Increase Biofuels

March 23rd, 2022
Illinois Congresspeople Bustos, Feenstra, Craig, And Hinson Push Bipartisan Bill to Increase Biofuels

Today, U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Randy Feenstra (R-IA), Angie Craig (D-MN) and Ashley Hinson (R-IA) introduced the Home Front Energy Independence Act, which would expand the production and availability of American biofuels. In an effort to lower energy costs for working families and support economic growth in rural communities, Bustos joined the legislation following last week’s vote to ban imports of Russian energy products. Specifically, the Home Front Energy Independence Act would: Make E15 available year-round Establish an E15 Tax Credit and Extend the Tax Credit for Biodiesel Direct... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Votes to Suspend Normal Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus

March 19th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Votes to Suspend Normal Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), helped to pass legislation to suspend normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus to further isolate Putin from the global economy. Passing the House with overwhelming bipartisan support, the bill now heads to the U.S. Senate.   “As Vladimir Putin continues to wage violence against innocent Ukrainians, the United States will continue to escalate sanctions against Russia’s economy,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “Today’s bipartisan action is a continuation of our work to increase pressure on Putin, and further isolate him from the world.... Read More

Illinois And Iowa Congresswomen Bustos, Hinson Lead Bipartisan Effort to Honor Fallen Journalists in Ukraine

March 17th, 2022
Illinois And Iowa Congresswomen Bustos, Hinson Lead Bipartisan Effort to Honor Fallen Journalists in Ukraine

Today, Representatives Cheri Bustos (IL-17) and Ashley Hinson (IA-01), both former journalists, introduced a bipartisan resolution honoring the journalists, reporters, and documentarians risking their safety and sacrificing their lives to document the atrocities happening in Ukraine. Despite the danger, journalists and news staff are putting their life on the line on a daily basis to reveal the ongoing humanitarian crisis to the world.  Dozens of members of the free press have been injured or killed by Russian forces including multiple Americans. Earlier this week, American documentarian and... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos’ Statement on President Zelenskyy’s Address to Congress

March 16th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos' Statement on President Zelenskyy’s Address to Congress

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, issued a statement following President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to the U.S. Congress. Prior to the address, the Congresswoman joined NewsNation’s Morning in America to discuss American support for Ukraine. “In President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to Congress I saw an undaunted, but dire, plea from a leader on the front lines of preserving and defending democracy. Ukraine needs help – and the United States is stepping up. That’s why in Congress, I voted to send nearly... Read More

Bustos Secures Funding for Manufacturing Lab, Western Illinois University Quad-Cities Campus

March 10th, 2022
Bustos Secures Funding for Manufacturing Lab, Western Illinois University Quad-Cities Campus

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announced that she secured $10 million for the Quad Cities Manufacturing Lab and $400,000 for small business-focused programming at Western Illinois University’s (WIU) Quad-Cities campus in a major funding package. The package has passed the House and will be voted on by the Senate and signed into law by President Biden in the coming days. “As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, my top priority is bringing taxpayer dollars back home to support our communities,” said Congresswoman... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Participates in Annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage

March 8th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Participates in Annual Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Over the weekend, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) traveled to Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma, Alabama with colleagues and civil rights leaders as a part of the annual Faith and Politics Institute Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Bustos was among the nearly 20 members of Congress in attendance. Yesterday, Vice President Kamala Harris joined the lawmakers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 57th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. “Fifty-seven years ago, my late colleague Congressman John Lewis and hundreds of peaceful civil rights activists began a march from Selma to Montgomery to demand an... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos’ Bill to End Forced Arbitration Officially Sent to the White House

March 2nd, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos’ Bill to End Forced Arbitration Officially Sent to the White House

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos’ (IL-17) bipartisan, bicameral legislation to end forced arbitration for sexual harassment and assault survivors was enrolled by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and officially sent to the White House for President Joe Biden’s signature. President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law during a ceremony at the White House tomorrow. “It was such an honor to join Speaker Pelosi this morning for an enrollment ceremony to officially send my bill to end forced arbitration for sexual assault and sexual harassment to the White House for President Biden’s... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Nominates Five Illinois Students for U.S. Service Academies

February 28th, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Nominates Five Illinois Students for U.S. Service Academies

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) announced that she has nominated five Illinois students for admission to United States Service Academies for the class entering in the fall of 2022. Each year, Congresswoman Bustos has the honor of nominating qualified young people from Illinois’ 17th Congressional District for attendance at four service academies: the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Nominees must now be accepted by the academies... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Commemorates National Public Schools Week With New Funding

February 22nd, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Commemorates National Public Schools Week With New Funding

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) recognized National Public Schools Week which runs from February 21st through the 25th. The American Rescue Plan, which Bustos helped pass, secured more than $595 million for public schools in Northwest and Central Illinois K-12 schools to stay open safely and make up for lost learning time. “All students should have access to safe, welcoming, and well-funded public schools,” said Congresswoman Bustos. “Thanks to the historic investment from the American Rescue Plan in K-12 education, our primary and secondary schools are better equipped to safely... Read More

Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Pushes For Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests For Servicemembers and Their Families

February 22nd, 2022
Illinois Congresswoman Bustos Pushes For Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests For Servicemembers and Their Families

Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) joined her colleagues on a letter to the Department of Defense urging Secretary Lloyd Austin to make at-home COVID-19 tests available to service members and their families at no cost and without unnecessary medical requirements. In the letter, the Members encourage the Department of Defense to provide the more than 9.6 million TRICARE beneficiaries with the same access to at-home tests afforded to other Americans. “At this time, at-home COVID-19 tests are not a TRICARE-covered benefit and are not reimbursable unless it is ordered by a TRICARE-authorized... Read More