Randy Hultgren

Randy Hultgren

ILLINOIS' 14th DISTRICT

Hultgren Co-Sponsors Bill to Hold Government Agencies Accountable for Cost of Regulation

2016/07/25

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has co-sponsored H.R. 5513, the PROVE IT (Providing Retrospective Observations Validating Economics and Increasing Transparency) Act of 2016, which would require federal government agencies to provide regular and public evaluations of the impact of major regulations on Americans and the economy.

“Under our current regulatory regime, government agencies institute mandates on individuals and businesses with little accountability for what it will cost those Americans and our economy. Once the damage is done, it is Americans which are left holding the bag while agencies avoid responsibility for their poor policies. Americans rightfully reject such an unaccountable and ineffective federal government,” said Rep. Hultgren. “If the federal government believes their mandates are good for the country, they must ‘PROVE IT’: agencies should be required to assess the impact of all major rulemakings every two years, inform Congress of any unanticipated consequences of the original rule and create outlets for input from all stakeholders. Government agencies should be open to hearing how a regulation will affect Americans, and change course if the regulation’s negative effects are clear.”

Many large regulations—which in many cases exceed projected costs—force businesses to spend time and money on compliance rather than raising wages or creating more job opportunities. Since 2009, more than 200 major rules—those having an annual effect of $100 million or more—have been handed down by the President’s administration with estimated implementation costs in the billions of dollars.

Representative Hultgren has regularly supported bills that seek to free Americans from government regulation and increase accountability in the law making process, including:

  • His own bill, H.R. 2010, the Regulatory Review and Sunset Act, which establishes a process by which federal agencies can “sunset” obsolete, duplicative and conflicting regulations that weigh on American businesses and families.
  • H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2015, which would require Congress to approve all new major regulations, thus strengthening accountability and transparency in government.
  • H.R. 4956, the End Executive Overreach Act, which would restrict federal funds from being used to carry out an executive order issued after the act.

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Hultgren’s Traveling Help Desk to Assist West Chicago Residents

2016/07/22

Campton Hills, IL — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today announced his Traveling Help Desk will be in West Chicago to help assist residents of the 14th Congressional District on Friday, July 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Staff experts will be available to address any issues constituents 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, Veteran’s Affairs, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services, international travel, the Internal Revenue Service and more.

Following are actual quotes from 14th District residents after receiving help from Rep. Hultgren’s office:

“There are no words to thank you enough for everything you have been doing for me last week...Thank you for your kindness and your hard work on my behalf.”
—Giovanna, businessperson in Crystal Lake

“I want to say how thankful I am that you checked in on this. You showed real concerned and acted. I am extremely grateful that my phone call was taken and made important. Our family truly appreciates it.”
—Rikaine, resident of McHenry

Rep. Hultgren has recently traveled throughout the 14th District, and has held Traveling Help Desks, Listening Sessions and Coffees with the Congressman in the following cities:

  • Geneva
  • Hampshire
  • Huntley
  • Plainfield
  • St. Charles
  • Sugar Grove
  • Sycamore
  • Woodstock
  • Yorkville

Constituents seeking assistance will be asked to fill out a consent form, which allows staff to begin the process of resolving their concern, and should also bring any pertinent information related to their issue.

Friday, July 29, 2016
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Winfield Township
130 Arbor Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185

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FAA Reauthorization Includes Hultgren Legislation to Restore Air Traffic Control Hiring Process

2016/07/21

Washington, DC – U. S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) applauded the recent passage of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) extension that ensures funding through September 30, 2017. The legislation, signed into law on July 15, 2016, includes original language from his bill H.R. 1964, the Air Traffic Controllers Hiring Act of 2015, which reverses the detrimental effects of the FAA’s hiring policies. A full summary of the bill is available here.

“Since 2014, I have investigated the FAA’s obscure and illogical hiring practices, which have passed over our country’s most qualified air traffic controller candidates and raised concerns of safety and transparency,” said Rep. Hultgren. “The FAA reauthorization passed by Congress included language from my bill to eliminate the discredited biographical questionnaire which has caused the FAA to pass over the most qualified applicants and veterans into the air traffic control program. I was pleased to see this important language signed into law, which promises to restore safety and confidence to air travel.”

At a hearing hosted by the House Subcommittee on Aviation on June 15, 2016, Rep. Hultgren testified to the need to pursue transparency at the FAA and reform the hiring process:

“This isn’t just about securing a fair job application process or the status quo. This is about Americans feeling and being safe and secure when flying. This is about transparency and openness from an agency which is accountable to the American people and their representatives. I introduced H.R. 1964, the Air Traffic Controllers Hiring Act of 2015...I have worked tirelessly with NATCA to instead create a three-pool system of CTI graduates, veterans, and off-the-street hires, which would alleviate this problem and maintain a speedy hiring process. I now look forward to working with Chairman Shuster and my colleagues to make sure that the correct hiring process is in place for our country’s air traffic controllers and restore confidence to air travel in our country.”

Background:

  • On June 15, 2016, Rep. Hultgren, a former member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation, was invited to deliver testimony urging accountability by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) concerning air traffic controller hiring procedures and staffing shortages. He pressed the FAA to increase transparency in their hiring procedures that directly impact air travel safety. Rep. Hultgren also pushed for legislative solutions to ensure highly-qualified military veterans and Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) graduates are treated fairly when applying for a job with the FAA. Rep. Hultgren is a former member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation which hosted the hearing.
  • The FAA has been under fire following a six month investigation into the agency’s modified hiring practices which Rep. Hultgren has repeatedly argued caused the agency to pass over the most qualified air traffic controller candidates, such as experienced veterans, and have raised concerns of air travel safety.
  • The investigation also uncovered revelations that FAA or aviation-related employees may have assisted in giving potential air traffic controller recruits special access to answers on a key admissions test to help them gain jobs with the FAA, which Rep. Hultgren has called out.
  • Rep. Hultgren was successful in getting his amendment to restrict funding for the FAA to further implement its discredited Biographical Questionnaire (Bio Q), a personality test the agency has used as an obscure gatekeeper for hiring new air traffic controllers, passed out of the House.
  • Rep. Hultgren has urged the House to act on his legislation, H.R. 1964, the Air Traffic Controllers Hiring Act of 2015 (previously known as the SAFE TOWERS Act), to reverse the effects of the FAA’s policies and restore safety and confidence to air travel. Illinois’ 14th Congressional District is home to the most air traffic controllers in Illinois.

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Transparency in Student Lending Act Ensures Students and Families Get all the Facts

2016/07/15

Washington, DC — U.S. Representatives Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14), John Carney (D-DE-At-large), Luke Messer (R-IN-6) and David Scott (D-GA-13) have introduced legislation to improve the information provided to students and families of federal student loans by requiring the annual percentage rate (APR) to be disclosed. The APR helps borrowers understand the true cost of a loan so they can make good financial decisions. Currently, borrowers of private student loans receive this information, but borrowers of loans issued by the Department of Education do not.

“It makes no sense for the federal government to omit the annual percentage rate when presenting the cost of a loan to young borrowers and families, and it does them a gross disservice as they make plans for future payments,” said Congressman Hultgren. “The Department of Education is the largest consumer lender in the United States, and should be obligated to provide the most transparent and helpful information to borrowers. Helping borrowers understand their debt obligations is an important first step to ensuring they are able to make their payments, and also helps prevent taxpayers from being on the hook for delinquent borrowers.”

“It’s crucial that we provide students with the facts about their student loans,” said Congressman Carney. “This legislation helps ensure they have the full picture when making decisions that will impact their financial future. I’m proud to help introduce this common-sense bill to improve students’ access to information and bring more transparency to the student loan process.”

Background

  • In 1969, the Truth in Lending Act passed Congress with the intention "to provide the American consumer with truth-in-lending and truth-in-advertising” when pursuing loans.
  • In 2008, Congress applied Truth in Lending Act disclosure requirements to private, but not federal, student loans.
  • Since then, federal student loans issued directly by the Department of Education—which have origination fees—have grown from a small segment of the market to more than 90 percent of originations each year.

The Transparency in Student Lending Act, H.R. 5838, aims to provide more information to consumers by requiring the disclosure of the annual percentage rate at the time of application for a federal student loan. APR is expressed as a single percentage number that represents the actual yearly costs of funds over the term of the loan and takes into account the stated interest rate of the loan and any fees or additional costs associated with the loan.

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Celebrating 115 Years at America’s First Community College, Joliet Junior College

2016/07/14

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) delivered a floor statement today celebrating the 115th anniversary of Joliet Junior College, the nation’s first community college.

Celebrating 115 Years at America’s First Community College
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Rep. Hultgren delivered the following prepared remarks:

I rise today to honor the nation’s first public community college, Joliet Junior College, on its 115th anniversary.

Two Illinois community leaders, J. Stanley Brown and William Rainey Harper, founded the college in 1901 to provide high school graduates the fruits of higher education without forcing them to leave their communities.

Over the next twenty years, JJC grew from six enrolled students to almost a hundred, and later evolved its curriculum to include business, technology and industrial education.

With the end of the World Wars, JJC and other two-year institutions served vital educational roles for veterans returning to their communities.

Joliet Junior College inspired an entirely new model for higher education, one that suited the needs of both the nation and its citizens, one that allowed both flexibility and quality, and one that continues to be urgently relevant today.

Brown and Harper’s vision of community-organized, community-focused education has since become a touchstone for millions of young American students.

This year, the 14th District of Illinois honors Joliet Junior College for its pivotal role in the advancement of higher education in America.

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Hultgren: “No one should be forced to participate in abortion”

2016/07/13

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) delivered a floor statement today in support of S. 304, the Conscience Protection Act of 2016, which prevents government discrimination against doctors, nurses, hospitals and other health care entities that refuse to participate in abortion. In addition, S. 304 will allow discriminated individuals and entities to have their day in court, instead of merely filing a complaint with HHS’ Office of Civil Rights.

No one should be forced to participate in abortion
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Rep. Hultgren delivered the following prepared remarks:

A central principle in our nation’s history has been a clear rejection of government forcing someone to take an action that violates their religious or moral convictions.

Americans rejected being forced to return runaway slaves; we rejected forced conscription against conscientious objections; we rejected being forced to support state-run churches.

And now we must reject the forced participation in the killing of unborn life.

No one should be forced to have an abortion; no one should be forced to participate in an abortion; and no one should be discriminated against for refusing to collaborate in an abortion.

When government endangers these protections and discriminates against healthcare providers who are holding fast to their moral convictions, it’s time to provide safeguards.

That’s why I urge the House to pass S. 304, the Conscience Protection Act of 2016.

No one should be forced to purchase health plans that cover abortions. Certainly no one—nurses, doctors or other healthcare providers—should be forced to help carry out an abortion against their conscience.

And certainly no one should be punished or discriminated against for refusing to carry out this gruesome procedure.

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Hultgren Recognizes Citizen Heroes Steve and Diane Spurling

2016/07/13

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) delivered a floor statement today presenting a  14th District Citizen Hero Award to Steve and Diane Spurling, who risked their lives to save a neighbor in need.

Hultgren Recognizes Citizen Heroes Steve and Diane Spurling
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Rep. Hultgren delivered the following prepared remarks:

I rise today to honor and award St. Charles School Board member Steve Spurling and his wife Diane with a Citizen Hero Award for acting quickly to protect the life of a woman in distress.

On May 3rd, the two were walking their dog when a woman ran out of her house bloodied; falling on the driveway and calling for help.

While the Spurling family rushed to aid their distressed neighbor, a man exited the house yelling for the woman before pulling out a gun and shooting five times at the group.

Reacting quickly and selflessly, Mr. Spurling tackled the shooter from behind, disarmed him and held him down while the police arrived.

The woman was rushed to Delnor Hospital in Geneva and has recovered from her injuries.

Steve serves our community by providing educational leadership, and both he and his wife acted courageously to save the life of their neighbor.

The 14th District Citizen Hero Award recognizes exemplary constituents in my district who inspire others with their commendable actions.

Steve and Diane, it is my pleasure to represent you and extend our district’s heartfelt gratitude with this award.

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Hultgren asks Scientists: Who Inspired You?

2016/07/12

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today encouraged members of the science community to talk about what inspired them to pursue STEM careers in such areas as astronomy, astrophysics and astrobiology. At the Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing, scientists relayed how many paths and inspirations can push one into these fields, including teachers, professors, NASA missions and more.

Rep. Hultgren has recently launched STEM Scholars, a youth leadership program encouraging highly-motivated and energetic high school students to become ambassadors in their communities for the possibilities provided by science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Click here to learn more and to apply before the July 29 deadline.

Hultgren asks Scientists: Who Inspired You?
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Following are excerpts from the testimony:

“I’ve been lucky to have a number of mentors…there was an honors seminar at Metropolitan Dayton. For me some of the most exciting [lectures] were on neutron stars, these spinning pulsars, and the lectures were given by scientists at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base….I worked for a summer or two with somebody at Wright-Patt, and it was terrific. That’s how I started.”
--Dr. Christine Jones; President, American Astronomical Society; Senior Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

I think I knew as a little girl that I was addicted to the stars and the universe and trying to understand it. Probably the most [formative] experience was in middle school. In my science class they decided to play the Cosmos series by Carl Sagan and I was hooked by watching those. And then, I too have had many mentors thankfully. When I went and did my physics degrees at the university, I had exposures to telescopes, scientists, instrumentation, working in labs, and I think having that hands-on experience was vital for me.”
--Dr. Shelley Wright; Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego; Member, Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, University of California, San Diego

“I started more interested in physics than in the universe, because understanding how things move, how things drop and the basic laws of physics to me was so much easier than human beings. But very soon after getting interested in that I realized how the universe is the best place to actually learn more about physics because it has all kinds of systems. It takes everything to the extremes…Certainly high school teachers were really important. Also my parents—my father always challenged me for all kinds of math quizzes. And the Cosmos series which I heard in Portuguese in Brazil…and also the Apollo missions made a big impression for me as a kid.”
--Dr. Angela Olinto; Chair, Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee (AAAC); Homer J. Livingston Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago

“So I was really good at math and when I was in high school in my physics class, not knowing what I wanted to do, we had a visiting professor from the University of Southern California…That professor came and talked to us about cosmology and that got me really interested in astronomyIn Los Angeles, they have something called the Griffith Observatory, which is in the largest public park in L.A. You can’t imagine that you can see much of a dark sky from Los Angeles, but they had educational programs and a planetarium and that really got me excited. So that when I went to college I majored in astronomy.”
--Dr. Jim Ulvestad; Director, Division of Astronomical Sciences, NSF

 “Well, I was a child of the ‘60s and I grew up just loving to read about all the NASA missions that were going on. My father gave in to my love by driving us down to the Cape before the Apollo launches and we would camp out on the beach and wake up the next morning and watch them blast off to the moon. So that set my path.”
--Dr. Paul Hertz; Director, Astrophysics Division, NASA

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Hultgren Praises Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Fight Heroin and Opioid Abuse

2016/07/08

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released a statement following the passage of a bipartisan, bicameral bill to fight heroin and opioid abuse, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016. Rep. Hultgren has been a leader in the fight against heroin and opioid abuse in northern Illinois.

“Over the past several years our community has come together to fight the epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse that has devastated our towns, our schools, our neighborhoods,” said Rep. Hultgren. “This legislation is the great work of many in the House and Senate who have worked together to develop real solutions to this crisis, but more importantly empower local communities. It is at the community level where real progress is made. I urge the President to sign this legislation into law quickly as another tool in our fight to protect lives from this plague.”

Among other provisions, the bill calls for new grants for communities like those in Illinois to address local drug crises and emerging drug problems, in addition to new funding for emergency and drug abuse training for health centers, emergency responders and veterans. As these communities navigate ways to tackle this national problem, the bill creates new mechanisms for information sharing that will empower people in the 14th District to learn from and collaborate with individuals and coalitions across the country. For a full summary of the bill, please click here.

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Hultgren Statement on Dallas Shooting

2016/07/08

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement:

“This morning we woke up to another night of wicked brutality and violence, and the tragic aftermath. Today we stand with the police officers and their families who are suffering, we stand with the peaceful protesters who reject such violence, we stand with the victims of all tragic killings in this country, and we stand with communities everywhere who are working hard to combat violence with peace. Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers.’ It is our shared responsibility as Americans to work together stop this cycle of violence begetting violence. Violence against another person denies their humanity and it tears families and communities apart. As we mourn with Dallas, we pray for healing and peace.”

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Celebrating 115 Years at Joliet Junior College, America’s First Community College

2016-07-14 18:38:44


Hultgren: “No one should be forced to participate in abortion”

2016-07-13 19:57:18


Recognizing Steve and Diane Spurling with Citizen Hero Award

2016-07-13 17:13:04


Hultgren asks Scientists: Who Inspired You?

2016-07-12 16:43:24


Celebrating the Life of Veteran Joe Bussone

2016-07-06 16:31:47


Apply to Become a STEM Scholar!

2016-06-28 14:07:50


Celebrating the Life of Ron Bullock

2016-06-22 13:18:50


Hultgren to FAA: Time to Fix Your Failed Hiring Social Experiment

2016-06-15 18:06:41


On June 14th, the 14th District Celebrates Our "Father of Flag Day"

2016-06-14 16:48:28


Memorial Day Remembrance from National WWII Memorial

2016-05-30 14:31:28


Celebrating the Public Service of 14th District Staff Member Ruth Richardson

2016-05-26 13:13:51


Hultgren Talks Golf, EPA Regulations on Katrek and Maginnes On Tap (Sirius/XM)

2016-05-25 15:19:12


Hultgren on Opioids & Heroin Epidemic: "Our fight is far from over"

2016-05-13 14:20:07


Honoring Kane County Officer of the Year Dean Tucker

2016-05-12 14:44:25


Rep. Hultgren Welcomes FIRST Robotics Championships Participants

2016-04-29 13:59:04


Angel Investors Play Key Role in Helping Startups Succeed

2016-04-27 20:50:30


Hultgren to SEC: How Do We Stop the Next Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme?

2016-04-21 21:25:23


Would Nineveh Plains Province Protect Religious Minorities from ISIS?

2016-04-19 21:54:12


So what's the big deal with STEM education?

2016-04-15 20:17:16


Fermilab Director Lockyer and Congressman Hultgren Welcome STEM Expo Attendees

2016-04-14 18:40:58


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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