Campton Hills, IL — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) is proud to announce that a record number of students from the 14th Congressional District, 13 cadets in all, have been selected to attend the United States military service academies beginning July 1. The congressman hosted the selected students at a formal reception at the Campton Hills District Office on Saturday. Factors such as academic achievements, strong character, leadership skills, physical aptitude and exceptional motivation are taken into consideration for service academy selection.
“These students embody the best of the 14th District and will represent our communities well as they begin their careers at these distinguished institutions,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Their dedication to service is commendable, and I anticipate this record-setting class of cadets will go far in their studies and leadership.”
Pictured (from left to right): Matthew Byrnes (Crystal Lake – Air Force Academy), Logan Nelson (Sycamore – Merchant Marine Academy), Jon Rhattigan (Naperville – West Point), James McCullough (Gurnee – West Point), Alina Michaels (Yorkville – Naval Academy), Congressman Randy Hultgren, Michael Burke (St. Charles – West Point), Jessica Melone (St. Charles – Air Force Academy Prep School), Peter Keller (Batavia – Air Force Academy), Leonard Petersen (Village of Lakewood – Air Force Academy), Steven Strange (Oswego – West Point).
Not pictured: Anthony Castino (Naperville – West Point), Austen Ferbet (Cary – West Point), Matthew Vidican (St. Charles– Air Force Academy Prep School).
Tim Kustusch, Partnership Manager, World Relief DuPage/Aurora
Jameson Cunningham, Communications Director, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, June 20, 2017
In honor of World Refugee Day, Congressman Randy Hultgren [IL-14] visited the Yorkville, IL, food production facility of Newly Weds Foods on Monday to meet with several of the company’s employees who have come to the United States as refugees through World Relief DuPage/Aurora (WRDA), a refugee resettlement agency.
During his visit, Hultgren talked with former refugees who had fled violence and persecution in Bhutan, Burma (Myanmar), and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and now reside in Kane County. The five men arrived to the area through WRDA after being screened and processed by the U.S. government through its humanitarian refugee resettlement program.
The refugees – four of whom came to the U.S. with their wives and children – told the Congressman about their home countries, as well as the security screening process through which each one had to pass before being approved to enter the U.S.
“10 years,” said one gentleman from Burma (Myanmar) when asked how long the process took for him and his family.
Hultgren addressed recent attempts at policy changes to refugee resettlement and broader immigration law, stressing the need to ensure our national security and the rule of law while maintaining our national values of welcoming immigrants looking for a place of refuge and a better life.
“[Immigration] is the story of America,” Hultgren said. “It’s the story of all of our families, whether they came within the last year or they came 100 years ago.”
When asked about the current political climate in Washington related to refugee and immigration issues, Hultgren stated that Congress is still navigating the reality of a new Administration, but reiterated that there is support on both sides of the aisle for immigration policies that are both humanitarian and good for the country and its economy.
“There still are many people in Congress that want an immigration system that works,” Hultgren said. “A system that has a process that welcomes people who truly have no place to go – that is what America has always been about.”
Through a partnership with WRDA’s Employment Services program, Newly Weds Foods – a premier food processing and food service leader with 26 facilities around the world, including 13 here in the United States – has hired 16 refugees in its Yorkville facility in the last three years.
“Many of our employees are refugees like these and other immigrants, especially Latino immigrants,” said Mark Shircel, VP of Human Resources at Newly Weds. “The food service industry depends on the hard work of immigrants, because we can’t find enough American citizens to do this type of work.”
The former refugee employees expressed their gratitude to Congressman Hultgren for his support for the U.S.’s refugee program and for his work as co-chairman of the U.S. Congress’s Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, which is charged with promoting, defending, and advocating for international human rights in countries around the world, including many from which refugees are currently fleeing.
In 2000, the United Nations established June 20th as World Refugee Day as a time to remember the millions of people around the world who have been forced to flee their home countries because of conflict and persecution. There are currently over 21 million refugees in the world, marking the worst refugee crisis since World War II. The United States was slated to receive 110,000 refugees in FY17, but that number was cut by more than half to 50,000 under the new Administration. In FY16, 263 refugees arrived to Kane County through WRDA’s Aurora location.
Hultgren thanked the five former refugees for their hard work contributing to the local economy and for their commitment to being part of the country. He also encouraged them to help dispel misinformation and fear that is being spread related to refugees and other immigrants.
“You all are the best story we can tell,” Hultgren said. “Numbers are important, but it’s really about each of your stories and your families. That was what my great-grandparents wanted. Sure, they wanted a better life for themselves, but really it was about the future generations and the difference it could make for them. That is the story that pushes back on all the lies and the fear.”
World Relief DuPage/Aurora is a faith-based relief and development organization committed to serving the most vulnerable through the local church. As a local arm of the international organization, WRDA focuses on serving the foreign-born by providing Refugee Resettlement Services, Education Services, and Immigrant Legal Services. For more information visit www.worldreliefdupageaurora.org.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Randy Hultgren and James P. McGovern, have sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump and senior members of his Administration encouraging him to continue United States membership and engagement in the United Nations Human Rights Council.
In the letter the Co-Chairs recognize the Council has been inconsistent in its promotion of human rights, but emphasize that the United States can best defend universal rights by working to strengthen the Council from within instead of disengaging. Engagement on the Council remains the best path forward to safeguarding human rights, peace, and security for both American citizens and those across the globe.
The full text of the letter is available on the Commission website and below.
President Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
We write today as Co-Chairs of the bi-partisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission to encourage continued United States membership and engagement in the United Nations Human Rights Council.
We recognize and are deeply concerned by the Council’s inconsistency with regard to its defense and promotion of human rights on several fronts. These include a disproportionate targeting of Israel and the election to the Council of countries that are serious violators of human rights.
However, we view these weaknesses as opportunities for the United States to strengthen from within the Council’s ability to promote and defend human rights. Our government should lead our allies in holding Council members accountable for gross violations of human rights, and when necessary convene special sessions addressing abuses. We must create a deliberative discourse within the Council that forces nations to look at their own human rights record with objective scrutiny, which will then better qualify them to defend or decry the actions of other countries. Similarly, we have a responsibility to persuade governments with strong human rights records to serve on the Council in order to boost its credibility.
The Council is most effective when it is able to put human rights ahead of politics. It actively advances human rights around the world in many different ways. These include advocating for prisoners of conscience in the international arena, convening emergency sessions to address war crimes, and shining a spotlight on human rights abuses in countries by establishing commissions of inquiry. This important work needs to continue with the involvement of the United States.
We urge you to consider the vital role the United States has to strengthen the mandate of the Council. This body is entrusted by the nations of the world with the responsibility to protect and promote human rights. Engagement on the Council remains our best path forward to safeguarding human rights, peace, and security for both American citizens and those across the globe. Thank you for your careful consideration of this matter.
Randy Hultgren, M.C. James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chair, TLHRC Co-Chair, TLHRC
Cc: The Honorable Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State
The Honorable Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
The Honorable H. R. McMaster, U.S. National Security Advisor
The bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission was established by unanimous consent in the United States House of Representatives to promote, defend and advocate for international human rights. The Commission undertakes public education activities, provides expert human rights advice and encourages Members of Congress to actively engage in human rights issues.
Washington, DC — U.S Representatives Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14) and Gwen Moore (D-WI-04) have introduced bipartisan legislation to strengthen the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) System by preserving access to mortgage credit and affordable housing assistance for millions of Americans.
H.R. 2890, the Housing Opportunity Mortgage Expansion (HOME) Act, would restore the membership of lenders in the Federal Home Loan Bank System if they joined before the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) proposed its recently finalized membership rule and if they can demonstrate a commitment to residential mortgage activities.
“The HOME Act recognizes that the Federal Home Loan Bank System is working, especially for my constituents in Illinois who are purchasing a home. It provides a reliable source of financing that community banks and credit unions in my community rely on for providing access to mortgage credit for families, not to mention its commitment to affordable housing through grant programs and down-payment assistance,” said Rep. Hultgren. “This legislation clarifies that companies with a history and mission of supporting residential housing should be able to continue to serve our communities.”
“It is essential that the FHLB has the capacity necessary to continue its mission to make homeownership possible for my constituents in Wisconsin,” said Rep. Moore.
“The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago is a key liquidity source and funding partner for many of our community bank and thrift members in Illinois. However, a regulation implemented last year requires it to terminate the memberships of two of its largest borrowers. As a result, the size and scope of its activities could be reduced significantly, impacting its ability to assist its remaining members and the communities they serve.” – Linda Koch, President and CEO, Illinois Bankers Association
“Funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago is used every day by community banks and thrifts to make homeownership a reality for their Illinois customers or lower the cost of their current mortgage through refinancing.” – Erich Bloxdorf, President and CEO, Illinois League of Financial Institutions
“The Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago is a key liquidity source and funding partner for many of our credit union members in Illinois. Member banks also use FHLB Chicago funds to make small business, agriculture and agribusiness loans, which support job creation and family farming throughout our state.” – Thomas Kane, President and CEO, Illinois Credit Union League
“The participation of larger financial institution members in the FHLBs enhances the value to members of all sizes, particularly smaller member banks and thrifts which often have limited or no direct access to the capital markets other than through their FHLB.” – David Schroeder, Vice President of Federal Government Relations, Community Bankers Association of Illinois
On January 12, 2016, Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) adopted a final rule which restricts FHLB membership eligibility. The final rule, defines "insurance company" to exclude so-called "captive insurers.” The final rule, therefore, prohibits membership through a captive insurer. The rule allows FHLB captive insurer members that joined prior to FHFA's proposed rule up to five years to terminate their membership and those that joined after issuance of the proposed rule up to one year to terminate.
Washington, DC —U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released a statement following the Alexandria, VA shooting targeting Members of Congress:
“Today Democrats and Republicans came together in the U.S. Capitol to pray for our colleagues, staff, U.S. Capitol Police and all affected by this senseless and tragic shooting in Alexandria. Our prayers go out to Whip Scalise and his family, and the families of the staffers and police officers injured by the actions of this disturbed gunman.
“I am deeply appreciative of the professionalism of local law enforcement and the U.S. Capitol Police, and their commitment to public safety. Without their presence and quick action at the baseball field, this attack could have been much worse.
“We are still learning the motivations of the shooter. Regardless of his motivations, I strongly defend freedom of speech, and that will never include someone using violence to promote their political beliefs. Peaceful resistance has always been a part of our country’s fabric. In this heightened time of tension and emotion, any and all encouragement by fringe groups to carry out violent behavior and attacks must cease. It’s time to put aside malice and pursue peaceful disagreement and civil discourse.”
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has cosponsored two bills to help more Americans, including from low-income backgrounds, enter the workforce with the knowledge and skills they need to compete for good-paying, in-demand jobs in industries critical to the nation’s economy. Members of Congressman Hultgren’s Higher Education Advisory Committee (HEAC), whose community colleges service the 14th District, have stressed the importance of these programs to student success.
“The jobs of today are vastly different from those of previous generations. Ensuring future employees and adults reentering the workforce understand and are prepared for the demands of an ever-evolving labor market is key to connecting them to the jobs of today and tomorrow,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Many times, jobs workers’ held previously no longer exist or require advanced training. Our community colleges excel at providing this type of education. This bill will ensure that career and technical education (CTE)—one of the best tools we have to reduce unemployment—can accurately target curriculum calibrated with the needs of the job market.
“Further, those without resources need continued access to the successful and popular Perkins Loan Program which has provided funds to more than eight million students. These finances help secure the possibility of upward mobility for hardworking individuals.”
The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353) connects prospective employees and those re-entering the workforce with rewarding technical jobs by using local community colleges as training centers. The bill:
The Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2017 (H.R. 2482) ensures low-income students have access to the financial tools necessary to take advantage of higher education opportunities.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage of the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) Act.
“Since the rushed Dodd-Frank Act became law in 2010, 42 community banks and 106 credit unions in Illinois have closed. Today credit is tighter, consumers are less secure, the root causes of the crisis have been left untouched, the big banks are bigger and the small banks are fewer. My own constituents—individuals and small businesses alike—have been the collateral damage of these failed policies and are hurt most by losing access to their local trusted financial institutions,” said Rep. Hultgren. “This legislation begins the process of restoring Americans’ access to their trusted community financial institutions. I urge the Senate to act quickly on behalf of consumers and communities.”
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.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) urged reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to ensure taxpayers are shielded from unnecessary risk at a hearing today on “Flood Insurance Reform: A Taxpayer’s Perspective.” Many Illinois homeowners and businesses rely on NFIP to protect themselves from disaster after a flood, so the program must be changed so it benefits those who need it most. Reliable data and accurate mapping are essential to reflect the risks to communities located on flood plains.
Excerpts from Rep. Hultgren’s remarks include:
“Many of my constituents live in flood plain areas along the Fox River or in the lake country in the northern counties of Illinois…What’s important is that all of my constituents, whether they live in a high risk area or not, understand the risks to their property, and that they are empowered to make responsible decisions about how to manage this risk.
“I remain eager to hear ideas about how to reform our broken flood insurance program: $25 billion of debt, and growing, is not just unsustainable; it is irresponsible government; and it is unfair to taxpayers. We also have to make sure flood insurance remains available to those who need it and choose to use it responsibly.
“One of the most fundamental aspects of the NFIP, and all flood insurance, is reliable data and accurate mapping…Despite dramatic developments in flood modeling and mapping technologies, the average map is 35 years old, according to the Association of State Floodplain Managers. How can the entire flood insurance system (private and non-private entities) better utilize the available technology?”
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released a statement today following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord:
“We are called to be good stewards of the environment, properly using our natural resources for the benefit of humanity and the planet. America has long led the world in developing new, cleaner technologies that protect the environment and help create jobs—regardless of government mandates or country agreements. That tradition of leading in energy innovation and reduction in emissions will continue. This agreement should have required Senate ratification. I look forward to the President continuing to negotiate foreign policy that puts America first and brings treaties before Congress.
“In Congress, I will continue encouraging energy solutions that promote good stewardship of the environment, provide Americans with true options and bring jobs back to the United States. Innovation, not regulation, remains the answer for lower emissions. I will continue supporting our national labs like Argonne that are making energy storage a realistic solution for bringing intermittent renewables online in a modern energy system.”
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has received the American Conservative Union Foundation’s (ACUF) 2016 Award for Conservative Achievement for his 2016 and lifetime voting records. The ACUF has rated Members of Congress and their commitment to conservative values for more than 46 years, by examining their voting records and to what extent they align with the values held by the ACUF. Congressman Hultgren received a score of 88 percent in 2016 and holds a lifetime average of 85.25 percent.
“The 2016 ACUF Award for Conservative Achievement is given to those Members of Congress who receive an 80% or above score in our annual ACU Ratings,” said Chairman Matt Schlapp. “We applaud Congressman Hultgren for his continued support of conservative values, and working to achieve commonsense conservative solutions for the people of Illinois.”
“Throughout my work in Congress I have been steadfast in my conservative values and principles, and I have found them to be effective guideposts when it comes to finding solutions that actually work for my constituents. I am deeply honored to accept this award from the American Conservative Union Foundation and will continue to stand up for the principles that have made our country the envy of the world,” said Rep. Hultgren.
View and search the 2016 ratings here: http://acuratings.conservative.org/acu-federal-legislative-ratings/.
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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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