Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) said the revised USMCA trade agreement with Mexico and Canada protects the interests of farmers, organized labor, and environmental organizations.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that House Democrats had reached a deal to move the treaty forward after years of negotiations. 

She said one important key change hashed out was the compliance enforcement mechanisms in the treaty.

Congressman Darin LaHood says he’s “thrilled” with his new committee assignment.

Speaker Paul Ryan appointed LaHood to the House Ways and Means Committee. 

LaHood considers it a significant committee because it deals with taxation, trade, healthcare, and many entitlement programs.             

“..Those are important issues to the American people. They’re important to our seniors. They’re important to every facet of our economic system.”

Caterpillar Looks to Year Ahead

Jan 26, 2017

2016 saw more reductions in sales and revenues for Caterpillar. That grows on the losses of 2015. Sales and revenue of $38.5 billion represents a more than 30-percent decline over the two year period.

Since the company announced its massive restructuring plans at the end of 2015, it’s cut 16,000 jobs around the globe. Caterpillar’s 2017 outlook also anticipates another $500 million in restructuring costs.