Late yesterday, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) was named to the Aviation Subcommittee and the Highways and Transit Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Both of these subcommittees are of vital importance to the economy of Illinois' 17th Congressional District, a 14-county district which depends on a transportation infrastructure that enables the efficient movement of goods and people.
Cheri was named to the House Committee on Agriculture on January 4th and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure last month.
"I believe that by investing in our networks of roads, bridges, rail lines, airports and water transportation we are creating jobs and making an investment in our region's long term economic well-being," said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. "I'll work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fight for projects like a new I-74 Bridge, Amtrak service to the region, to protect Chicago Rockford International Airport and to make sure our region always has a seat at the table in Washington."
The Aviation Subcommittee has jurisdiction over all aspects of civil aviation, including safety, infrastructure, labor, commerce and international issues. All programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, except for research activities, are within the purview of the Subcommittee.
The Highways and Transit Subcommittee has responsibility for the development of national surface transportation policy, construction and improvement of highway and transit facilities, implementation of safety and research programs and regulation of commercial motor vehicle operations. It also has jurisdiction over many U.S. Department of Transportation programs.
Illinois' 17th Congressional District is a central hub for shipping goods and people over road, rail, water and through the air.
The region is home to three international airports (Quad City International Airport, Peoria International Airport and Chicago Rockford International Airport), in addition to smaller regional airports.
The region is also home to thousands of miles of highway that connect east to west and north to south, and bring goods and people over the Mississippi River.
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.
Finally, the entire western border of the Congressional District is met by the Mississippi River, on which the barge transportation of agricultural products, and other products and goods, is key to commerce in the region.