Cheri Bustos, Democratic nominee for Congress in Illinois 17th District, released the following statement on today's jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor:
"Today's report is a clear sign that job creation should be our No. 1 priority. While slow improvement continues, it is not fast enough for the many Illinoisans who are still searching for work. The gridlock in Washington is standing in the way of job creation and even stifling it.
"My opponent, incumbent Congressman Bobby Schilling, voted for offshoring American jobs and supports tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas. Those are the wrong priorities for Illinois. On Day 1 of my campaign, I discussed the creation of a "Manufacturing Triangle." We must promote manufacturing and innovation in America -- and right here we have three great anchors in the Quad-Cities, Rockford and Peoria. We have the skilled workforce, the infrastructure and the innovative capacity to make this region a hub of manufacturing growth, and I will be a tireless advocate for the region.
"We must also work to end the tax loopholes and tax breaks for companies that are shipping American jobs overseas. It's the responsibility of our representatives to work for us, not the big corporations they are relying on to keep them in office.
"As I travel across the 17th District, the people I talk with are frustrated that job creation continues to take a backseat because of gridlock in Congress. I'm running to change that."
Cheri Bustos is a working mother with three grown sons and is married to a captain with the Rock Island County Sheriff's Department. Bustos is running to fix Washington's priorities to responsibly cut spending and ensure that middle class families and good jobs come first.