Randy Hultgren

Randy Hultgren

ILLINOIS' 14th DISTRICT

Hultgren Cosponsors Legislation in Support of Community Banks and Credit Unions

2017/08/22

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has cosponsored several major bills that are designed to free up community banks and credit unions in Illinois from burdensome and costly regulations so that they can better serve their local communities.

“Community financial institutions in Illinois have been unreasonably regulated by our federal financial regulators, especially the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Dodd-Frank Act, imposed in the wake of the financial crisis, operates with a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach which lumps very different financial institutions together,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Many small banks and credit unions in Illinois, focused on serving local businesses and rural communities, have been fit with regulatory straitjackets designed for big banks, causing them to reduce lending, merge with competitors or shut down all together. We must take decisive action to reverse this trend, and responsibly address the faults in the banking system rather than clipping its wings completely.”

Rep. Hultgren has a consistent record of supporting pro-community bank and credit union legislation. This Congress he has, so far, acted as an original cosponsor of the following key legislation:

  • H.R. 2133, the Community Lending Enhancement and Regulatory Relief (CLEARR) Act of 2017, provides regulatory relief to community financial institutions through a myriad of reforms such as clarifying fair lending standards, amending the mortgage servicing and appraisal rules and providing relief from new mortgage reporting requirements.
  • H.R. 2226, the Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act, provides legal certainty to financial institutions that originate residential mortgage loans and hold them on their portfolio.
  • H.R. 1116, the Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk (TAILOR) Act of 2017, requires the federal regulators to take risk profiles and business models of financial institutions into account when taking regulatory actions.
  • H.R. 2553, the Taking Account of Bureaucrats’ Spending (TABS) Act of 2017, makes the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau more accountable by placing it under Congressional appropriations. 
  • H.R. 2706, the Financial Institution Customer Protection Act of 2017, reins in the misuse of political power by an administration and our financial regulators to “choke off” relationships with legitimate businesses such as gun shops and coin dealers.
  • H.R. 1457, the Making Online Banking Initiation Legal and Easy (MOBILE) Act of 2017, makes it easier for financial institutions to open new customer accounts by permitting them to “swipe” the machine readable zone on state issued identification cards.

“I will continue to make it a priority to fight for Illinois community banks and credit unions, and advocate for these bills until they are signed into law,” said Rep. Hultgren.

Rep. Hultgren is a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities and Investment and member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance.

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Hultgren Hails Federal Relief for Individuals and Small Businesses Affected by Severe Flooding

2017/08/21

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today hailed the decision by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue a Disaster Declaration for Boone, Lake and McHenry counties, and adjacent counties in Wisconsin, which will allow residents and businesses in the region severely impacted by flash floods and flooding on July 11 to apply for low-interest SBA disaster loans. In addition, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program (EIDL) can provide up to $2 million of financial assistance to small businesses or private, non-profit organizations that suffer substantial economic injury as a result of the declared disaster, regardless of whether the applicant sustained physical damage.

“Illinois residents and businesses have suffered significant loss following the severe storms and flooding in July,” said Rep. Hultgren. “I am pleased at the SBA’s decision and especially encourage 14th District residents who were affected to apply for loans to help rebuild.”

Last week Rep. Hultgren sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Long urging him to assist local efforts to conduct damage assessments to help determine how much federal assistance might be available for individuals and small businesses affected by the flooding. Rep. Hultgren has visited the affected areas and worked with local and state officials to make sure everyone is safe and mitigate flood damage.

The following information is provided by the SBA:

SBA Customer Service Representatives will be at the Disaster Loan Outreach Centers to issue loan applications, answer questions and help individuals complete their applications.

The centers are located in the following communities and are open as indicated: 

Kenosha County
Kenosha County Center
19600 75th St.
Bristol, WI 53104

 

Opening: Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m.

Hours:     Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
               Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
               Closed Sunday, Aug. 27   

Closing:  Thursday, Aug. 31 at 3 p.m.

Racine County
Western Racine County Service Center
(Eppers Room)
209 N. Main St.
Burlington, WI 53105

 

Opening: Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m.

Hours:     Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
               Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
               Closed Sunday, Aug. 27

Closing:  Thursday, Aug. 31 at 2:30 p.m.

Walworth County
Walworth County Sheriff’s Office
1770 County Rd., NN
Elkhorn, WI 53121

Opening: Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m.

Hours:     Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
               Saturday, Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
               Closed Sunday, Aug. 27   

Closing:  Thursday, Aug. 31 at 3 p.m.

“Businesses and nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets,” said  SBA Wisconsin District Director Eric Ness.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage. 

“Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace disaster damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Disaster Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. 

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may now include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

Interest rates are as low as 3.215 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations, and 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. 

Survivors may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be returned to the centers or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is Oct. 17, 2017.  The deadline for economic injury applications is May 16, 2018.

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Hultgren Urges FEMA to Assess Flood Damage in Northern Illinois

2017/08/18

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Long urging him to assist local efforts to conduct damage assessments following severe flooding in northern Illinois. These assessments will help determine how much federal assistance might be available for individuals and small businesses affected by the flooding. Rep. Hultgren has visited the affected areas and worked with local and state officials to make sure everyone is safe and mitigate flood damage. Following is the letter:
 

Dear Mr. Long:

This week, Governor Rauner submitted a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency requesting assistance in conducting damage assessments where flooding has occurred in northern Illinois. Last month, Lake, McHenry, Kane, and Cook counties suffered from severe flooding that has left these communities – many of which are in my district – struggling to make the necessary repairs to restore their way of life. I would gratefully appreciate any assistance your Agency can provide to the State of Illinois in conducting damage assessments. We cannot afford for damage to any family home or small business to go overlooked.

To provide some context, on July 12, 2017, flash flood warnings were issued for seven counties in northern Illinois. At first, it seemed the area would simply be hit by a couple of brief summer storms, but the rain kept coming, and the water levels kept rising. It didn’t take long for Metra to shut down some of its train lines, which my commuting constituents depend on, due to high water. Soon, hundreds of homes, businesses, other buildings, and cars were underwater. The best planning and the strongest response by local government can only do so much to combat 6-8” of rain in under a day, which is exactly what happened in Lake County. Unfortunately, the flood risks only continued to grow.

The Fox River begins in Wisconsin and runs south through my district, and there are a number of lakes in the northern part of my district. After four days of rainfall in the region, water levels continued to rise, culminating with the Fox Lake cresting at 25 percent higher than its average water level. The Illinois Department of Resources described the situation as “flooding of this magnitude has not been seen before.” However, the story does not end here. The high-water levels negatively affected the normally lively economy around the lakes this time of year, meaning the economy has likely foregone millions of dollars.

The State of Illinois needs your help. We need to understand how far the damage goes, so we can move forward with healing our communities.

Very Respectfully,

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Hultgren Traveling Help Desk to Assist Veterans at Resource Fair in Aurora

2017/08/14

Campton Hills, IL —U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) will bring his Traveling Help Desk to the Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission Resource Fair on Friday, August 18 at the Prisco Community Center in Aurora. Staff experts will be available to address any issues veterans and their families may have with federal agencies, listen to their concerns and deliver those concerns directly to the Congressman. Staff can give assistance regarding Social Security benefits, Medicare, Veterans Affairs, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services, international travel, the Internal Revenue Service and more.

“Our veterans deserve our respect and care, and I look forward to providing assistance to 14th District veterans and their families at this resource fair,” said Rep. Hultgren. “If you’re having trouble with your VA benefits or navigating the confusing federal bureaucracy, I urge you to stop by my Traveling Help Desk to get help.”

The event will feature representatives from Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital, the Fox Valley Park District and 40 resource vendors to provide services to veterans. Shortly after the Resource Fair, Hines VA will hold a Town Hall meeting from 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. to inform local veterans about their benefits and services available. Eligible veterans will have the opportunity to enroll in VA health care and obtain the veteran designation on their Illinois driver’s license.

WHAT:                

Veterans Resource Fair and Traveling Help Desk

WHO:                  

Office of Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Veterans and family members
Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
Fox Valley Park District
Additional resource vendors

WHEN:                

Friday, August 18, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT: Resource Fair
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. CT: Hines VA Town Hall Meeting

WHERE:              

Prisco Community Center
150 West Illinois Avenue
Aurora, Illinois 60506

Rep. Hultgren has consistently stood up for veterans in Congress:

  • Since the Veterans Health Administration scandal broke in 2014, he has visited and met with leadership at the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, and demanded action for Illinois veterans whose healthcare needs may have been neglected or ignored at VA facilities.
  • He sent a letter to the Secretary of the Veterans Administration, demanding answers on why the VA has still not implemented a key portion of the major VA overhaul, the Veterans Choice Program.
  • He has convened VA representatives in Illinois to meet with local veterans to be held accountable for delays and mismanagement of care.
  • He hosted a veterans forum to discuss best practices regarding the implementation of Veterans Treatment Courts, a structured justice and treatment system tailored to veterans’ needs.
  • He reintroduced the Protecting Veterans Credit Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure that veterans’ credit scores and credit reports are not adversely affected by delayed medical payments associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Choice Program and other VA Community Care programs.
  • He cosponsored the Veterans Timely Access to Health Care Act to ensure veterans can get access to care within 30 days of original contact with the VA.
  • He has introduced legislation, the Protecting Veterans Credit Act, to protect the credit rating of veterans and prevent them from unnecessary financial hardship due to delayed payments associated with the Veterans Choice Program.
  • He supported House passage of the Hire More Heroes Act, a bill he cosponsored which encourages small businesses to hire veterans by providing relief from the Affordable Care Act’s burdensome employer mandate.
  • He co-sponsored the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, a bill which enables eligible veterans members who served in the territorial seas of Vietnam during the Vietnam War to receive VA health benefits from diseases linked to Agent Orange.

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NASA Releases ‘INSPIRE Women Act’ Report on Engaging Girls in STEM

2017/07/31

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14), member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and co-chairman of the STEM Education Caucus, today welcomed a report from NASA on their plans and programs to education and inspire the next generation of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. The INSPIRE Women Act, which Rep. Hultgren cosponsored and became law February 28, 2017, mandated the report. The law encourages women and girls to consider careers in STEM through mentorships and outreach by retired NASA scientists, engineers, innovators and astronauts.

Last month, Rep. Hultgren hosted a Women in STEM community event featuring Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and women professionals in manufacturing, food flavoring, medicine, education and other STEM fields.

“Through its unparalleled achievements, NASA has inspired an untold number of young people to become astronauts, scientists, researchers, engineers and more. Further, NASA’s programs in STEM education and cutting edge learning show proven results and have inspired countless numbers of students to pursue careers in innovation and discovery,” said Rep. Hultgren. “One of the most valuable tools to serve underrepresented groups has been NASA mentorship programs. These programs allow students to work hands-on with groundbreaking technology alongside some of the most brilliant minds in the nation, which is why Congress passed the INSPIRE Women Act to propel these great programs forward.

“Setting students on a STEM trajectory changes their life and our nation’s for the better, and I welcome this report which lays out how NASA is continuing to engage girls to increase their STEM activities. NASA’s unique mission of research and discovery is an American endeavor we share together. Now, we must do our best to ensure that all girls and all boys are given the same opportunity to be inspired. I look forward to the day when we all will share in the innovations and technologies they create.”

In its report, NASA indicated it is developing a comprehensive plan to increase engagement of women and girls with plans to begin implementation in 2018. NASA’s efforts will focus on six areas:

  • Equipping employees for interaction
  • Developing and distributing content
  • Enhancing mentoring opportunities
  • Leveraging and developing partnerships
  • Creating a community of support through networking and mentorship
  • Designing relevant engagement strategies and activities

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Hultgren Statement on Healthcare Reform following Senate Vote

2017/07/28

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today issued the following statement after last night’s vote in the Senate:

“I am very disappointed that the Senate didn't stay at the table to find a way forward to bring down skyrocketing premiums and address the failing ACA system. The healthcare status quo is unacceptable—doing nothing is not an option. Illinois’ ACA health exchanges provide substandard care at outrageous prices for residents without employer-sponsored coverage. Families in my district on the ACA exchange will be offered one choice for their insurance next year if nothing changes. In the coming weeks we'll get a glimpse of what this true insurance monopoly will mean for those who can't afford any more premium increases. These facts can’t be ignored. Further, Medicaid must be restored to its original mandate to provide a safety net to the truly needy. I urge the Senate to take up health reform again. Illinois individuals and families can’t wait.”

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Oswego Pastor Delivers Opening Prayer in U.S. House

2017/07/28

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) delivered a statement on the House floor recognizing Pastor Scott Poling of Harvest New Beginnings Church in Oswego for delivering the opening prayer on the House floor today.


 (Click picture to watch video)

Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks:

I rise today pleased to welcome Pastor Scott Poling, who graciously delivered the Opening Prayer over House proceedings this morning.

For more than 20 years, Pastor Scott has faithfully led the congregation at Harvest New Beginnings Church in Oswego, Illinois, where my family and I attend.

His passion for evangelism and outreach is contagious.

Those touched by his ministry have seen first-hand his energy and passion for people around the globe.

When he’s not running marathons or playing tennis, he spends time expanding the church’s international ministry, and has equipped African pastors with the leadership skills to carry God’s truth into their congregations.

Scott and his wife, Carla, are celebrating 26 years of life-giving marriage, along with their five beautiful children.

Pastor Scott: we praise God for how your ministry has affected so many, and our legislative work is blessed by your prayers over us today.

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Financial Services Committee Unanimously Passes Hultgren-Waters Technical Fix to the Dodd-Frank Act

2017/07/25

Washington, DC —Today the Financial Services Committee unanimously passed H.R. 3110, the Financial Stability Oversight Council Insurance Member Continuity Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Representatives Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14) and Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA-43). The bill strengthens the work of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) by permitting its independent member with insurance expertise to continue serving in his or her position. There is widespread agreement that the provision as written in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act was not the legislative intent.

“In Illinois, we have a very robust insurance market because of the carefully crafted regulatory system we have developed in the state over the years. This allows great companies to thrive, and protects the interests of their policyholders. This might not be the case if the FSOC lacks sufficient understanding of our insurance markets and regulatory system,” said Rep. Hultgren during the committee markup. “My legislation would simply bring continuity with other FSOC voting members for when a term ends – it provides a mechanism to keep this important voice on the council.

“I am very grateful for the support of the lead cosponsor of this bill, Ranking Member Waters, and the support of so many of our Republican and Democrat colleagues. I would also like to thank Chairman Hensarling for including the bill in the markup today. I urge support of this legislation, and I am hopeful it can move swiftly to the President’s desk.”

The Financial Stability Oversight Council Insurance Member Continuity Act is a technical correction to the Dodd-Frank Act. Under current law, it is unclear if someone can serve in this position as an acting official once the term of the FSOC independent member with insurance expertise expires. The term of the individual currently serving in this position expires on September 30 of this year. The legislation allows the FSOC independent member with insurance expertise to remain past his or her term for the earlier of (1) 18 months or (2) when a successor is confirmed.

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Construction begins on international mega-science experiment to understand neutrinos

2017/07/21

For a photo from today's groundbreaking ceremony, please visit this link: http://news.fnal.gov/2017/07/construction-begins-on-international-mega-science-experiment-to-understand-neutrinos


(Rep. Hultgren addresses groundbreaking attendees at Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota)

With the turning of a shovelful of earth a mile underground, a new era in international particle physics research officially began today.

In a unique groundbreaking ceremony held this afternoon at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota, a group of dignitaries, scientists and engineers from around the world marked the start of construction of a massive international experiment that could change our understanding of the universe. The Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) will house the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), which will be built and operated by a group of roughly 1,000 scientists and engineers from 30 countries.

When complete, LBNF/DUNE will be the largest experiment ever built in the United States to study the properties of mysterious particles called neutrinos. Unlocking the mysteries of these particles could help explain more about how the universe works and why matter exists at all.

At its peak, construction of LBNF is expected to create almost 2,000 jobs throughout South Dakota, and a similar number of jobs in Illinois. Institutions in dozens of countries will contribute to the construction of DUNE components. The DUNE experiment will attract students and young scientists from around the world, helping to foster the next generation of leaders in the field and to maintain the highly skilled scientific workforce in the United States and worldwide.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, located outside Chicago, will generate a beam of neutrinos and send them 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) through the earth to Sanford Lab, where a four-story-high, 70,000-ton detector will be built beneath the surface to catch those neutrinos.

Scientists will study the interactions of neutrinos in the detector, looking to better understand the changes these particles undergo as they travel across the country in less than the blink of an eye. Ever since their discovery 61 years ago, neutrinos have proven to be one of the most surprising subatomic particles, and the fact that they oscillate between three different states is one of their biggest surprises. That discovery began with a solar neutrino experiment led by physicist Ray Davis in the 1960s, performed in the same underground mine that now will house LBNF/DUNE. Davis shared the Nobel Prize in physics in 2002 for his experiment.

DUNE scientists will also look for the differences in behavior between neutrinos and their antimatter counterparts, antineutrinos, which could give us clues as to why the visible universe is dominated by matter.  DUNE will also watch for neutrinos produced when a star explodes, which could reveal the formation of neutron stars and black holes, and will investigate whether protons live forever or eventually decay, bringing us closer to fulfilling Einstein’s dream of a grand unified theory.

But first, the facility must be built, and that will happen over the next ten years. Now that the first shovel of earth has been moved, crews will begin to excavate more than 870,000 tons of rock to create the huge underground caverns for the DUNE detector. Large DUNE prototype detectors are under construction at European research center CERN, a major partner in the project, and the technology refined for those smaller versions will be tested and scaled up when the massive DUNE detectors are built.

This research is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science in conjunction with CERN and international partners from 30 countries. DUNE collaborators come from institutions in Armenia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the United States.


(Rep. Hultgren speaks with Chris Mossey, Deputy Director of the LBNF facility in South Dakota and Tim Meyer, COO of Fermilab)

QUOTES

Energy Secretary Rick Perry

“The start of construction on this world-leading science experiment is cause for celebration, not just because of its positive impacts on the economy and on America’s strong relationships with our international partners, but also because of the fantastic discoveries that await us beyond the next horizon. I’m proud to support the efforts by Fermilab, Sanford Underground Research Facility, and CERN, and we’re pleased to see it moving forward.”

Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios, Office of Science and Technology Policy

“Today's groundbreaking for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility marks a historic moment for American leadership in science and technology. It also serves as a model for what the future of mega-science research looks like: an intensely collaborative effort between state, local and Federal governments, international partners, and enterprising corporate and philanthropic pioneers whose combined efforts will significantly increase our understanding of the universe. The White House celebrates today with everyone who is bringing this once-in-a-generation endeavor to life, including the men and women providing the logistical organization and financial capital to set the project on the right foot, the physical labor to construct these incredible facilities, and the scientific vision to discover new truths through their work here.”

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard

"This project will be one of the world's most significant physics experiments conducted over the next several decades and today's groundbreaking is another milestone in the development of the Sanford Underground Research Facility."        

U.S. Senator John Thune, South Dakota

“The Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility continues Lead, South Dakota’s, tradition of cutting-edge neutrino research, dating back to physics experiments at the former Homestake Mine in the 1960s. When completed, the LBNF and the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment will attract some of the world’s brightest scientists to South Dakota and push the boundaries of basic research, not to mention support good-paying jobs in the historic mining region of the Black Hills. I look forward to seeing the facility’s completion, and the groundbreaking experiments that will be done in the years to come.”

U.S. Senator Mike Rounds, South Dakota

“Today’s groundbreaking marks another significant step toward gaining a deeper understanding of the makeup of our universe. It is pretty remarkable that such world-class research continues to develop right here in Lead, South Dakota. When we began the process of securing an underground laboratory at South Dakota’s Homestake gold mine more than a decade ago, we were hopeful that it would lead to major advancements in particle physics and neutrino research. Today, those hopes are turning into reality as the Sanford Underground Research Facility, Fermilab and CERN join together to break ground on the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility, which will house the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. Today is a truly special day and I thank everyone involved in this collaboration for the years of hard work they’ve put into this project.”

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem, South Dakota

“In breaking ground today, we move closer to uncovering a new understanding of how the natural world works. That new knowledge could have a profound impact, potentially leading to faster global communications, better nuclear weapons detection technologies, and a whole new field of research. The future of science is happening right here in South Dakota.”

U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren, Illinois

“The LBNF/DUNE groundbreaking once again puts the United States in a leadership position on the world stage, attracting scientists from around the globe to the only place they can do their work. Fermilab attracts top talent, employing nearly 2,000 in Illinois and providing a strong economic engine in our state. I commend the work done by the Department of Energy, Fermilab and Sanford Lab to bring together a strong coalition to serve the research needs of the international community. With great anticipation I look forward to the new and breathtaking discoveries made at this facility. What we all can learn together will be awe-inspiring and uncover the new questions that will drive future generations of scientists in their quest for greater understanding.”

Director Nigel Lockyer, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

“Fermilab is proud to host the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility and the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment that brings together scientists from 30 countries in a quest to understand the neutrino. This is a true landmark day, and the start of a new era in global neutrino physics."

Executive Director Mike Headley, Sanford Underground Research Facility

“The South Dakota Science and Technology Authority is proud to be hosting the LBNF at the Sanford Underground Research Facility. This milestone represents the start of construction of the largest mega-science project in the United States. We’re excited to be working with the project and the international DUNE collaboration and expanding our knowledge of the role neutrinos play in the makeup of the universe.”

Director-General Fabiola Gianotti, CERN

“Some of the open questions in fundamental physics today are related to extremely fascinating and elusive particles called neutrinos. The Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility in the United States, whose start of construction is officially inaugurated with today’s groundbreaking ceremony,  brings together the international particle physics community to explore some of the most interesting properties of neutrinos.”

Executive Director of Programmes Grahame Blair, Science and Technology Facilities Council, United Kingdom

“The groundbreaking ceremony today is a significant milestone in what is an extremely exciting prospect for the UK research community. The DUNE project will delve deeper into solving the unanswered questions of our universe; opening the doors to a whole new set of tools to probe its constituents at a very fundamental level, indeed, even addressing how it came to be. International partnerships are key to building these leading-edge experiments, which explore the origins of the universe, and I am very happy to be a representative of the international community here today.”

President Fernando Ferroni, National Institute for Nuclear Physics, Italy

“We are very proud of this great endeavour of Fermilab as its technology has roots in the work undertaken by Carlo Rubbia at the INFN Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy.” 

Professor Ed Blucher, University of Chicago and co-spokesperson, DUNE collaboration

Today is extremely exciting for all of us in the DUNE Collaboration. It marks the start of an incredibly challenging and ambitious experiment, which could have a profound impact on our understanding of the universe.”

Professor Mark Thomson, University of Cambridge and co-spokesperson, DUNE collaboration

“The international DUNE collaboration came together to realize a dream of a game-changing program of neutrino science; today represents a major milestone in turning this dream into reality."

 

Illustrations and animations of the LBNF/DUNE project and its science goals are available at:

http://www.dunescience.org/for-the-media

More information about the facility and experiment can be found at:

http://lbnf.fnal.gov

http://dunescience.org

 

Fermilab is America’s premier national laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research. A U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science laboratory, Fermilab is located near Chicago, Illinois, and operated under contract by the Fermi Research Alliance, LLC. Visit Fermilab’s website at www.fnal.gov and follow us on Twitter at @Fermilab.

The DOE Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit science.energy.gov.

Sanford Lab is operated by the South Dakota Science and Technology Authority (SDSTA) with funding from the Department of Energy. Our mission is to advance compelling underground, multidisciplinary research in a safe work environment and to inspire and educate through science, technology, and engineering. Visit Sanford Lab at www.SanfordLab.org.

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It’s Time to Secure Key Civil Rights Legislation

2017/07/17

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has become an original cosponsor of H.R. 3239, the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2017. This bipartisan civil rights legislation updates the federal preclearance provisions from the original Voting Rights Act, signed into law on August 6, 1965, which were deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in Shelby County v Holder. Original federal preclearance provisions required review by a federal court before an offending state or local municipality could change election laws.

“As a proud member of the Party of Lincoln from the Land of Lincoln,” said Rep. Hultgren, “I take great pride—and responsibility—in promoting a strong republic where all women and men are equal and a part of the system that chooses our leaders and promotes a more just society. Federal preclearance provisions are vital for protecting against potential infringements on our society’s foundational right to vote through local laws targeting minority communities.

“I believe the Supreme Court was right in calling for an update to a law that has largely been on autopilot. Federalism works, and our Constitution made clear that election laws are set at the state and local level. However, the federal government should have extraordinary measures in place to delay changes in election law from being made by recent lawbreakers until a review by a federal government. This bill is a step toward protecting our country’s civil rights legacy for all generations.”

The bill replaces the sections in the Voting Rights Act which were largely unchanged since the original bill was introduced in 1965. The bill recognizes the importance of preclearance, but applies it evenly across all 50 states. Under the new law, any state or jurisdiction that demonstrates a consistent pattern of discriminatory voting practices would be subject to preclearance. When the discrimination stops, the jurisdiction would automatically be freed from the requirement. The updated formula would require review by a federal court before recent violators could change election laws.

Other provisions in the bill include:

  • Allowing our federal courts to bail-in the worst actors for preclearance. The current law permits states or jurisdictions to be bailed in for intentional violations, but the new legislation amends the Act to allow states or jurisdictions to be bailed in for results-based violations.
  • Greater transparency in elections so that voters are made aware of changes. The additional sunlight will deter discrimination from occurring and protect voters from discrimination.
  • Allowing for preliminary relief to be obtained more readily, given that voting rights cannot often be vindicated after an election is already over.
  • Modest provisions that continue to permit states to enact reasonable photo identification laws.

Rep. Hultgren supported a previous version, H.R. 885, in the 114th Congress.

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Contact Information

332 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2976
Fax 202-225-0697
hultgren.house.gov

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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