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Rep. Cheri Bustos

Representative for Illinois’s 17th District

pronounced SHE-ree // BOOSS-tohss

Bustos is the representative for Illinois’s 17th congressional district (view map) and is a Democrat. She has served since Jan 3, 2013. Bustos is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. Cheri Bustos [D-IL17]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Bustos.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bustos is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Bustos has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jul 17, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Cheri Bustos sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Bustos was the primary sponsor of 8 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 8 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Bustos sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Government Operations and Politics (29%) Armed Forces and National Security (23%) Agriculture and Food (11%) Social Welfare (11%) Law (9%) Transportation and Public Works (6%) Health (6%) Education (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Bustos’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Bustos voted Aye

Passed 242/176 on Jul 25, 2018.

H.R. 6311 expands access and use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and lowers premiums on health care plans. A section-by-section of the bill is below: ...

Bustos voted Yea

Passed 244/171 on Sep 28, 2017.

Should somebody lose their taxpayer-supported benefits if they have an outstanding warrant --- even if they haven't actually been convicted of the crime? The Control ...

Bustos voted Aye

Passed 258/165 on Sep 27, 2016.

Under the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, a number of Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans — or non-profit marketplaces to provide individuals ...

Bustos voted Aye

Passed 242/161 on Feb 26, 2016.

Bustos voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Bustos voted Aye

Passed 247/178 on Jun 16, 2015.

The Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 (IAA), H.R. 2596, was passed by the House on June 16. The IAA would authorize funding for ...

Bustos voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Bustos voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Bustos voted Aye

Bustos voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Jul 2019, Bustos missed 43 of 4,235 roll call votes, which is 1.0%. This is better than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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