Cheri Bustos ~ U.S. House, District 17

Cheri began her career as a reporter. She went on to work at one of the country’s largest non-profit non-denominational health systems, and also served on East Moline City Council. In her four terms in Congress, she has fought to lower the costs of healthcare, raise wages, and get real results for hardworking families. In 2018, she was elected by her colleagues to serve as the Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee., where she fights to protect and expand the new Democratic majority. Cheri also shadows workers in IL-17 through “Cheri on Shifts;” she has done everything from drive a forklift to delivering packages and processing carp. She also runs a candidate bootcamp called Build the Bench.

On healthcare . . .

“Even those who can afford insurance are not immune to the extremely high costs of operations and prescription medications . . .I support legislation that will help make quality health care more affordable.” Cheri also supports the ACA and building upon its success.

On the environment . . .

“I’m committed to supporting innovative approaches to break our national addiction to foreign fossil fuels, investing in non-carbon energy sources and promoting a comprehensive plan that keeps energy affordable for the middle class.”

Plans for the Economy

“Job creation and economic development remain my top priority.” Cheri fights to close tax loopholes for corporations that ship jobs overseas and crack down on unfair currency manipulation that undercuts our workers to ensure more products are made in the USA. She is also helping to spur the “Manufacturing Triangle” between the Quad Cities, Peoria, and Rockford, and to support infrastructure to make this area a hub of national manufacturing growth.

Education Policy

Cheri is a strong supporter of Head Start and efforts to expand early childhood education programs. “I’m also committed to making higher education more affordable and more accessible to hardworking young people. That’s why I’m a strong supporter of strengthening federal Pell grants, expanding career and technical education (CTE) programs and reforming the student loan system to reduce the debt burden on graduating students.”

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