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Cheri Bustos' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 17, Democratic

On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (IL) - District 17


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Cheri Bustos has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2020 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

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  • "I support a woman's right to choose and will work to ensure that this remains a decision made by women, not the government." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood. (votesmart.org)
  • "We have to put the middle class first and end taxpayer giveaways to corporations that send our jobs overseas, big oil companies making record profits and Wall Street billionaires." (votesmart.org)
  • Endorsed by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "Americans deserve a Congress and political system that is responsive to the public's will. Any effort to bypass fairness and transparency when making changes to our campaign finance laws would be wrong as a matter of process and as a matter of policy. For these reasons, we urge you to reject any campaign finance provisions in the final omnibus agreement." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I'll fight tooth and nail to make sure that the very military construction funds for projects at the Peoria Air National Guard Base and the Rock Island Arsenal aren't diverted for this power grab by the administration." (votesmart.org)
  • "That's why I was proud that the most robust defense authorization in history included my amendments to invest in our troops and military bases, support military families in times of need and recognize the courageous efforts of women who stepped up when duty called." (votesmart.org)
  • "Illinois' 17th Congressional District is a central hub for shipping goods and people over road, rail, water and through the air. Cities across the region are also eagerly waiting funding of long-planned Amtrak routes that would bring jobs and economic opportunity to communities large and small." (votesmart.org)
  • "Hardworking Illinoisans deserve better jobs and better wages, and one of the best ways to create them is by investing in the infrastructure we all depend on" (votesmart.org)
  • "We have to put the middle class first and end taxpayer giveaways to corporations that send our jobs overseas, big oil companies making record profits and Wall Street billionaires." (votesmart.org)
  • "Reform No Child Left Behind with more support for teachers and accountability that doesn't lead to classrooms just teaching to the test." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Education Association. (votesmart.org)
  • "Affordable and reliable energy is an essential part of our economy and our quality of life. We must move towards energy independence and cleaner sources of energy, while promoting a comprehensive plan that keeps energy affordable for the middle class." (votesmart.org)
  • "Climate change may be the most complicated challenge our country has ever faced," Congresswoman Bustos said. "But I intend to meet the challenge head on and give rural America -- including the families in Northwest and Central Illinois -- a seat at the table as we tackle the climate crisis. That's why I submitted the Rural Green Partnership to the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. Rural America offers an enormous amount of potential to address climate change and is home to a wealth of resources that cannot be overlooked. The Rural Green Partnership helps mobilize our region to mitigate risk, increase resilience, incentivize new markets and create jobs as we work together to defeat the climate crisis." (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 9 - Climate Action Now Act. (votesmart.org)
  • "By coming together to pass a compromise energy bill that will protect thousands of good-paying Illinois jobs, continue the production of non-carbon energy and help break our addiction to foreign fossil fuels, we're building a better future for all of our families." (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, after reviewing President Obama's Executive Actions to reduce gun violence, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos offered her support for common sense measures to protect Illinoisans. Bustos, who previously co-sponsored the bipartisan King-Thompson bill in Congress to expand criminal background checks to gun shows, internet sales and classified ads (H.R. 1217)" (votesmart.org)
  • "[...] 'm participating in the sit-in protest to demand Congress hold a vote to close loophole that allows suspected terrorists to buy guns, and a vote expanding criminal background checks to keep deadly weapons out of the hands of violent offenders." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 13% by National Rifle Association. (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR 1112 - Enhanced Background Checks Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • "Since I've been in Congress, I've worked diligently to improve the health care law and bring down costs for Illinois families," Congresswoman Bustos said. "Just this year, House Democrats have passed 10 bills to bring down the cost of health care and prescription drugs. But this partisan, reckless lawsuit would wreak havoc on the financial security of hardworking Illinoisans -- forcing them to pay even more for less coverage and fewer patient protections. The administration should drop the lawsuit immediately and instead, work with both parties to find common ground." (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Public Health Association. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 13% by NumbersUSA. (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm disappointed & deeply concerned w/ @POTUS' decision to end #DACA. Congress must take immediate action to #DefendDACA." (twitter.com)
  • Voted in favor of HR 6 - American Dream and Promise Act of 2019. (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 16% by Center for Security Policy. (votesmart.org)
  • "I am hopeful that, despite this announcement, we can continue working with our international partners to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons." (votesmart.org)
  • Signed a letter stating: "We remain hopeful that with strong U.S. leadership, we can ensure vigorous enforcement of the JCPOA, as well as implementation of non-nuclear and multilateral sanctions, including CAATSA, to keep the american people secure and safeguard American interests." (votesmart.org)

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