Randy Hultgren

Randy Hultgren

ILLINOIS' 14th DISTRICT

Watch: Let’s Upgrade State Dept. Office to Boost Anti-Trafficking Efforts

2014/07/29

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) on the House floor today praised the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, H.R. 2283, which upgrades the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP) to a bureau, preventing gaming of the tier ranking system. The bill passed the House without opposition and has been referred to the Senate. Rep. Hultgren has been named to the Congressional Human Trafficking Task Force by House leadership to produce legislation with the goal of combating international and domestic trafficking, while protecting and helping victims. [[{"fid":"431","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Upgrading State Dept. Office to Boost Anti-Trafficking Efforts","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Upgrading State Dept. Office to Boost Anti-Trafficking Efforts"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Upgrading State Dept. Office to Boost Anti-Trafficking Efforts","title":"Upgrading State Dept. Office to Boost Anti-Trafficking Efforts","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] (Click picture to watch video) Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks: I rise today in support of the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, H.R. 2283, and commend my friend and colleague Rep. Chris Smith for introducing it. The State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP) does a fantastic job of maintaining U.S. leadership and accountability in the worldwide effort to combat human trafficking. More than 130 countries have created or strengthened their anti-trafficking laws largely due to J/TIP’s work. Among other provisions, this bill raises the status of the J/TIP “office” to that of a “bureau,” preventing countries and other bureaus from gaming the tier ranking system. And it achieves this without additional bureaucracy or cost to the taxpayer. As a member of the Congressional Human Trafficking Task Force working with the congressional leadership, J/TIP, and anti-trafficking groups, I know it is critical to keep this fight from being consumed in a bureaucratic shuffle. I thank Congressman Smith’s leadership and look forward to Senate passage of H.R. 2283. ### Read More

Hultgren Supports Bill Passage to Combat Prescription Drug Diversion and Abuse

2014/07/29

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage of H.R. 4709, the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2014, a bill which will help prevent prescription drug abuse and supply chain diversion. In 2011, the CDC reported 22,810 drug overdoses in the United States were due to pharmaceuticals, of which 16,917 (74 percent) involved opioid painkillers. Further, there is clear evidence linking the increased abuse of prescription drug medications to a rise in the use of heroin. “Prescription drug abuse has claimed the lives of many, and we discussed its well-documented link to heroin use at my Community Leadership Forum on Heroin. Ensuring patients have access to needed medications while ensuring law enforcement is able to provide adequate oversight over the drug supply chain is essential to combating opiate abuse in all its forms,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Making sure addictive opiates are properly monitored will help keep these drugs out of the wrong hands and cut down on abuse. I look forward to the Senate taking action to stem the tide on prescription drug and heroin abuse.” H.R. 4709 allows the Attorney General to more quickly step in when prescription drugs are being too easily abused or there is a risk of them being diverted into the drug market. It amends the Controlled Substances Act to provide a determination by the Attorney General that a registration to manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled substance is "consistent with the public health and safety.” Further, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) would be required to submit a report to Congress identifying the obstacles to legitimate patient access to controlled substances and showing how collaboration among all levels of law enforcement and the pharmaceutical industry can benefit patients and prevent diversion and abuse. Rep. Hultgren has made combating heroin and opioid abuse a priority while in Congress: Convened the March 7, 2014 Community Leadership Forum on Heroin Prevention and submitted the resulting Community Action Plan to Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which hosted a hearing delving into solutions for prescription drug and heroin abuse. Submitted the Community Action Plan to both Governor Quinn's Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force and the House Bipartisan Task Force on the Heroin Crisis for their input and advisement. Joined with the Illinois delegation to send a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder to encourage the Department of Justice to mirror successful state drug programs at the federal level. Recognized by the National Association of REALTORS® for his recommendation to them to expand state efforts on the issue of prescription drug abuse in a blog post titled, “Securing Prescription Drugs During Open Houses.” ### Read More

Hultgren Supports Passage of Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act

2014/07/28

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage of H.R. 3635, the Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act, a bill he cosponsored to protect the privacy and security of Americans who access federal websites. H.R. 3635 requires Healthcare.gov and future federal websites that collect sensitive personal information, such as social security numbers, be reviewed by the Government Accountability Office and certified as secure by the agency’s Chief Information Officer before being made available to the public. Further, any federal website published after July 1, 2013 not certified must be taken down until certified as secure. Full text of the bill is available here. “American taxpayers who are required to submit personal information to federal websites, including Healthcare.gov or IRS.gov, should have assurances that their personal information is protected by basic, industry-accepted standards of security,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Computer security experts have testified that Healthcare.gov was rolled out with alarming security vulnerabilities that put Americans’ personal information, including income data, social security numbers, and demographic information, at great risk. There was no end-to-end testing, and the website’s search bar exposed back doors that were vulnerable to hackers. The IRS’ care for Americans’ personal information is also questionable. “Americans should never be forced to jeopardize their personal data by using an insecure government website. The Safe and Secure Federal Websites Act will help ensure any federal website that goes online has been checked for security errors and certified as safe by industry standards.” Previously, the House Science, Space and Technology Committee hosted several hearings on online security threats, identify theft and federal website security. At a November 19, 2013 hearing, David Kennedy, a so-called ‘white hat hacker,’ testified that there were “clear indicators that even basic security was not built into the Healthcare.gov website.” Following his testimony, Rep. Hultgren and members of the Science Committee sent a letter to President Obama raising concerns over the security and privacy risks surrounding the online Obamacare portal. Previously, Rep. Hultgren voted for passage of H.R. 3811, the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act, requiring HHS to notify individuals of any breach on the health care law exchanges that endangers personal data within two business days. ### Read More

Hultgren Supports the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act

2014/07/25

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported passage in the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act of 2013 (H.R. 2996). Rep. Hultgren cosponsored the bill which creates a network of nationwide regional institutes, each specializing in the production of a unique technology, material, or process relevant to advanced manufacturing. View Rep. Hultgren’s committee remarks in support here. “Our country has a long history of maintaining its competitive manufacturing edge through specialization and creating ‘hubs’ of activity which foster collaboration and innovation. Illinois’ 14th District boasts numerous advanced manufacturers on the cutting edge of emerging technologies,” said Rep. Hultgren. “With responsible bipartisan spending cuts resulting in no additional cost to the taxpayer, the RAMI Act will help small and mid-sized manufacturers in Illinois and nationwide expand their research and development capabilities and train an advanced manufacturing workforce. I was proud to cosponsor this legislation and urge the House to act in support of our manufacturing base.” In a letter of support for H.R. 2996, the University of Illinois wrote: “While Illinois is already home to Boeing, GE, Caterpillar, Deere & Co., and many other leading manufacturers, developing new manufacturing capabilities is vital to our future prosperity…the RAMI Act would help create more institutes that would leverage industry, government and academic resources to help ensure that the small and large manufacturers in Illinois and beyond remain globally competitive.” RAMI would direct the Secretary of Commerce to support the establishment of public-private partnerships between industry, academia, and other relevant entities across the country. ### Read More

Hultgren Supports Elimination of Marriage Penalty

2014/07/25

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported passage of the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2014, H.R. 4935, a bill which raises the phase-out threshold for the $1,000 child tax credit for joint filers and ties the child tax credit to inflation. “According to the Department of Agriculture, the cost of raising the typical child is $13,600 per year through age 17, and it keeps rising by more than 4 percent each year. Our current child tax law fails to take these rising costs into account, and it penalizes married parents,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Through this legislation, let’s continue to strengthen the middle class and support the institution best suited to encourage a stable society and economic security for individuals: the family.” ### Read More

House Bill Helps Students Understand True Cost of Education, Make Sound Financial Decisions

2014/07/24

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage (405-11) of a bill which will give students the tools and information they need to borrow and repay their student loans in a smart and responsible way. H.R. 4984, the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act, promotes financial literacy among prospective college students and their parents as they navigate federal financial aid. “College has become a daunting prospect for prospective students who aren’t guaranteed a well-paying job after graduation. Financial uncertainty has forced many students and their parents to make tough choices about finances and loans,” Rep. Hultgren said. “During this process, students and parents should have all of the resources and information necessary available to make an informed and responsible decision. H.R. 4984 helps education consumers who are navigating a confusing maze of state and federal loan and grant programs, as well as private and institutional assistance. Students and parents should know the impact of their financial decisions on their future.” H.R. 4984: Ensures borrowers, both students and parents, who participate in the federal loan program receive interactive counseling each year that reflects their individual borrowing situation. Provides awareness about the financial obligations students and parents are accumulating by requiring borrowers to consent each year before receiving federal student loans. Informs low-income students about the terms and conditions of the Pell Grant program through annual counseling that will be provided to all grant recipients. Directs the Secretary of Education to maintain and disseminate a consumer-tested, online counseling tool institutions can use to provide annual loan counseling, exit counseling, and annual Pell Grant counseling. This week, the House also passed H.R. 4983, the Strengthening Transparency in Higher Education Act, which amends the Higher Education Act of 1965 to streamline information about institutions of higher education provided by the federal government that are used by students and families. It also improves the existing price calculators and requires them to show the net price calculated, average annual cost of room and board, average annual cost of books and supplies, and estimated total need-based aid that may be available. ### Read More

Hultgren: “Democrats View Dodd-Frank Like the Ten Commandments”

2014/07/23

Washington, DC — Today in a hearing assessing the impact of the Dodd-Frank Act four years after it became law, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) criticized those who refuse to make changes to Dodd-Frank and defend its entirety with unyielding devotion. This devotion to a flawed law has forced community banks, including those that serve small businesses and rural communities in Illinois, into “regulatory straight-jackets that are designed for big banks, causing them to reduce lending, merge with competitors, or shut down.” [[{"fid":"427","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Rep. Hultgren on Dodd-Frank anniversary","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Rep. Hultgren on Dodd-Frank anniversary"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Rep. Hultgren on Dodd-Frank anniversary","title":"Rep. Hultgren on Dodd-Frank anniversary","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] (Click picture to watch video) Following are his prepared remarks: It is increasingly clear that Dodd-Frank is doing real damage to our economy, and stalling the economic recovery that we all want. Dodd-Frank spans 2,300 pages, imposes 400 government mandates, and creates vast new bureaucracies. Despite this, it has not adequately addressed the problems arising out of the recent financial crisis. This includes the problem of Too Big To Fail, and the need for a regulatory system that decreases, instead of exacerbates, systemic financial risk. Now some on the other side, including the Obama Administration and most Senate Democrats, view Dodd-Frank like I view the Ten Commandments:  inerrant, unchanging, and demanding our complete devotion. But with all due respect to Chairman Frank, even he would agree that Dodd-Frank did not come down from on high, nor was it written in stone. Thankfully many on both sides of the aisle on this committee recognize that some parts of Dodd-Frank can be fixed, especially those relating to community banks, credit unions, and the mortgage industry. After all, Dodd-Frank has had a disproportionately negative impact upon these institutions. These smaller financial institutions help everyone access the American Dream by extending the credit necessary to own a home, start a small business, or preserve the family farm. They provide at least 48 percent of small business loans and serve 1,200 rural counties with otherwise limited options. And they lend based upon personal relationships and local knowledge of a community, not a statistical equation based upon income and credit scores. Unfortunately, Dodd-Frank too often forces these vital institutions into regulatory straight-jackets that are designed for big banks, causing them to reduce lending, merge with competitors, or shut down. My constituents in the 14th District of Illinois demand an answer to this problem, which is why I’m grateful for this panel today. ### Read More

Hultgren, Kilmer Praise Passage of National Labs Legislation

2014/07/22

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) today praised the passage H.R. 5120 without opposition. The Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014 would bring the United States’ national lab system into the 21st century and promote the easy transfer of federal research into the private sector to bring to the marketplace. “This bill will ensure that discoveries made in our national labs do not get stuck there. Instead, public-private partnerships can speed scientific research and innovation into the marketplace and help drive our economy forward and create jobs,” said Rep. Hultgren. “As our national labs have been a primary driver of American innovation, we must stay ahead of technological change and new discoveries by pursuing 21st century policies. I again thank all of my House colleagues for their support, and trust the full Senate to take up this legislation quickly.” “Today, the House passed a bipartisan bill that will help us turn scientific ideas into jobs,” said Rep. Kilmer. “Our national laboratories have been and continue to be the birthplace of some of our most revolutionary technologies. This legislation makes it easier for entrepreneurs and business leaders to harness that research so start-ups with one or two employees can grow into companies that create hundreds of quality jobs. Giving scientists and researchers at labs like the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory the tools and freedom to widen the impact of their great discoveries ensures they will remain an important foundation of Washington state’s knowledge-based economy that provides 21st century jobs in our region.” H.R. 5120 includes Reps. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Alan Nunnelee (R-MS), and the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and the Subcommittee on Energy, respectively, as cosponsors. It is a companion bill to the America INNOVATES Act (S. 1973) sponsored by Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). Reps. Hultgren, Fattah and Nunnelee are co-chairs on the House Science and National Labs Caucus. Rep. Hultgren and Rep. Kilmer are both members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and serve together on the Subcommittee on Research and Technology. ### Read More

House Reins in IRS, Protects American Freedoms

2014/07/16

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) supported House passage of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for FY 2015, H.R. 5016, which among other things reins in overreach by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). “The IRS has immense power over individuals and has abused that power to trample on Americans’ First Amendment freedoms,” said Rep. Hultgren. “This legislation will prevent the IRS from further targeting individuals based on which box they check at the polls or what church they attend. It’s time to rein in the IRS.” H.R. 5016 keeps the IRS in check by: Prohibiting funds for the IRS to target individuals based on their political beliefs. Prohibiting funds for a proposed regulation to determine tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(4), which could infringe on Americans’ First Amendment Rights. Prohibiting funds for wasteful and overly expensive conferences or inappropriate videos. Prohibiting funds for employee bonuses or awards unless employee performance is given consideration. In addition, the legislation included the text of H.R. 992, the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act, a bill sponsored by Rep.  Hultgren that would amend the Dodd-Frank Act to ensure that entities like farmers and manufacturers that rely on certain types of swaps to persevere during uncertain times would continue to have affordable and stable access to the essential financial products they rely on to deal with market volatility. ### Read More

Hultgren Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Modernize National Labs

2014/07/16

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14), along with Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Alan Nunnelee (R-MS), and the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and the Subcommittee on Energy, respectively, today introduced the Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014, H.R. 5120, a companion bill to the America INNOVATES Act (S. 1973) sponsored by Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). These bills would bring the United States’ national lab system into the 21st Century and promote the easy transfer of federal research into the hands of the private sector, improving the public-private partnerships that are essential to bringing innovative ideas to the marketplace. “Our national labs have been a primary driver of American innovation since the Manhattan Project, but many of their most important discoveries have been made in the past decade. It is essential we update Cold War-era policies, acknowledge the rapid pace of technological change, and improve the labs’ capacity to partner with private enterprise and convert their cutting edge research into marketplace innovation,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Research produced at Illinois’ own Fermilab and Argonne, for example, has enormous economic potential. Their discoveries cannot remain stuck in the labs. Streamlining their tech transfer capabilities will help push the private sector, not government, to spend further resources on promising technologies. I am honored to be joined in this effort by Rep. Kilmer, Chairmen Smith and Lummis, Ranking Members Johnson and Swalwell, Reps. Fattah and Nunnelee, and Sens. Coons and Rubio. I look forward to quick consideration and passage in the House.” "Our national laboratories have been the birthplace of some of our most revolutionary technologies,” said Rep. Kilmer. “When that research is harnessed by entrepreneurs and business leaders, start-ups with one or two employees can grow into companies that create hundreds of quality jobs. We want to make sure our labs remain an important foundation of our knowledge-based economy. That’s why we are introducing this bipartisan legislation to give scientists and researchers at national labs the tools and freedom they need to unlock a new wave of great discoveries.” “Our nation’s economic growth is tied to our ability to turn promising ideas into job-supporting innovations,” Senator Coons said. “Too many transformative ideas and scientific breakthroughs never leave our national labs, which squanders enormous potential. This bill will modernize critical aspects of our national lab system and give our labs new tools and flexibility to partner with the private sector, helping American businesses access the tools they need to innovate. This bill will widen and streamline our nation’s innovation pipeline, helping to create badly needed jobs.” “The federal government has a limited but important role in supporting basic research, and our network of national labs has long been a leading source of that research. The INNOVATES Act we introduced in the Senate would make it easier for our labs to work together with businesses of all sizes to bring groundbreaking research to fruition in the marketplace, create jobs and help solve 21st century problems,” said Senator Rubio. “I thank Representatives Hultgren, Kilmer, Fattah, Nunnelee, Chairmen Smith and Lummis, and Ranking Members Johnson and Swalwell for leading the companion effort in the House through the Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014.” In July 2013, the Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing to consider recommendations regarding how best to enhance Department of Energy (DOE) support of science and innovation through reforms in areas related to management, performance, technology transfer, and laboratory authorities and regulations. Additionally, the Heritage Foundation, the Center for American Progress and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) together produced a report supporting policy changes to update the national labs titled, “Turning the Page: Reimagining the National Labs in the 21st Century Innovation Economy.” ITIF sent a letter of support for the bill. Reps. Hultgren, Fattah and Nunnelee are co-chairs on the House Science and National Labs Caucus. Rep. Hultgren and Rep. Kilmer are both members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and serve together on the Subcommittee on Research and Technology. ### Read More

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Born and raised in Illinois, and having spent more than 15 years serving Illinois and its citizens at multiple levels of government, Congressman Randy Hultgren represents the state’s 14th Congressional District. The district is comprised of seven suburban counties including McHenry, Lake, Kendall, Kane, DuPage, DeKalb and Will.

In Washington, Congressman Hultgren has committed himself to working for fiscal sanity, real healthcare reform, and pro-growth policies that will put Americans back to work. In the current 113th Congress, Randy serves on the Financial Services and Space, Science & Technology Committees.

Randy was elected to the DuPage County Board and County Forest Preserve Board in 1994, to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1999, and to the Illinois Senate in 2007. At every level, he has fought for prosperity and free enterprise and for smaller, smarter government.

Randy served on the Financial Institutions Committees in the Illinois House and Senate and is credentialed in FINRA Series 7, 6 and 63. He later became a Vice President at Performance Trust Investment Advisors in Chicago.

Randy was born March 1, 1966 in Park Ridge, Illinois. He graduated from Bethel College in 1988 and later attended Chicago-Kent College of Law, graduating in 1993. He currently resides in Winfield with his wife, Christy, and four children.


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