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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

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