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    The Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Business Roundtable Meeting with Congresswoman Bustos on December 19 for 40 area business leaders. Congresswoman Bustos represents the 17th Congressional District of Illinois. Discussions focused on growing our local economy and job creation.

    Opportunities like these give business leaders the chance to speak with area legislators. As the leading voice and resource for business in the region, it is important to offer events like these for area businesses.  

    Bustos opened up the discussion by talking about her first year in Congress. Shortly after arriving in Washington, she joined the No Labels committee, which brings together Democrats and Republications to find ways to work together and come up with solutions. Congresswoman Bustos continues to make fighting for American jobs and the economy a top priority.

    As part of the “Make it in America” initiative, Bustos introduced the American Jobs Matter Act, a common sense bill that would increase American manufacturing and boost job creation at home by allowing the government to consider the creation of American jobs when accepting bids for taxpayer-funded federal contracts.

    In April, Bustos toured the seven community colleges that serve the region to meet with students, faculty, administrators, and businesspeople. Following the tour, she introduced the Access to Education and Training Act which would allow students, many of whom are non-traditional, who receive Pell grants to take advantage of them year-round so they can complete their courses faster and get back into the workforce.

    Bustos has also launched “Partnering for Illinois’ Economic Future,” to help increase collaboration to create jobs and bolster the region’s economy. As part of this on-going initiative, Bustos partnered with the University of Illinois to hold three regional economic meetings in August and a district-wide economic summit in November; she’s also solicited the pulic through a variety of ways to get input on how to best improve the region’s economic future.

    Due to the important role agriculture plays in her region’s economy, Bustos, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, has fought hard for a bipartisan five-year Farm Bill. As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, she joined with Senators Durbin and Kirk and Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13) to introduce the Water Infrastructure Now Public-Private Partnership Act (WIN P3 Act), which could help upgrade the aging locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers while also saving taxpayers money.

    For questions, please contact Rachel O’Connell at 309-495-5974 or roconnell@peoriachamber.org.