Randy Hultgren

Randy Hultgren

ILLINOIS' 14th DISTRICT

Hultgren to Moderate Capitol Hill Briefing: The Demand Factor in the Global Sex Trade: Human Trafficking as a Human Rights Crisis

2016/02/04

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Washington, DC — The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC), in conjunction with Exodus Cry and Shared Hope International, will host a briefing on how the demand for commercial sex fuels the global human trafficking industry, perpetuating a human rights crisis. Titled “The Demand Factor in the Global Sex Trade: Human Trafficking as a Human Rights Crisis,” the briefing, which was rescheduled because of inclement weather, will be moderated by Executive Committee-member U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and feature Illinois and national trafficking experts.

Rep. Hultgren has introduced H.R. 611, the Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act, which pushes nations to clamp down on the demand for commercial sex within their borders. In the Washington Post this week, Mark Lagon of Freedom House and Laila Mickelwait of Exodus Cry urge Congress to pass this legislation.

Background:

International sex trafficking represents a serious human rights crisis affecting millions of people, primarily women and girls. It is a nefarious enterprise that generates nearly $100 billion in revenue annually worldwide.

The sexual exploitation that undergirds the industry is perpetrated by two key players: the trafficker (“pimp”) and the buyer (“john”). To downplay the role of either is a failure to grasp the basic dynamic of human trafficking. Yet, the buyer is often viewed through a lens of tolerance or even ignored, his actions tempered by cultural permissiveness or protected by outright legalization. Research has revealed that legalization or decriminalization of the purchase of commercial sex serves to drive the demand for sex trafficking and encourages buyers. By removing criminality along with the associated stigma, buyers experience few consequences and thus perpetuate their actions. A flourishing market in the trafficking of women and children develops to meet unsatisfied interests of buyers in the legal realm. Demand for commercial sex drives human trafficking and presents a dire human rights crisis for those who are violated and exploited.

The United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, Supplementing the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime of 2000, expressly addresses the requirement that nations make serious efforts to reduce demand for trafficked persons. Article 9, addressing prevention of human trafficking specifically directs that, “States Parties shall adopt or strengthen legislative or other measures, such as educational, social or cultural measures, including through bilateral and multilateral cooperation, to discourage the demand that fosters all forms of exploitation of persons, especially women and children, that leads to trafficking.”

Experts on the frontlines in the fight against human trafficking will discuss the danger caused by purchasers and purveyors of commercial sex and successful efforts employed to combat demand.

WHAT:

TLHRC Briefing: “The Demand Factor in the Global Sex Trade: Human Trafficking as a Human Rights Crisis”

MODERATOR:

Rep. Randy Hultgren, Executive Committee, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission 

PANELISTS:

  • Taina Bien-Aimé, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW)
  • Ernie Allen, Allen Global Consulting
  • Tom Dart, Sheriff, Cook County, Illinois
  • Sean Reyes, Attorney General, Utah
  • Kubiki Pride, mother of a sex trafficking survivor and advocate against sexual exploitation of women and children
  • Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, survivor and advocate

WHEN:

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

WHERE:

2255 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The briefing will be open to members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public and the media.

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Hultgren’s Encouraging Employee Ownership Act Passes House

2016/02/03

Washington, DC — Today the House passed (265-159) a bill introduced by U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) to open up more opportunities for employees to share a stake in the companies they work for every day. Introduced as the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act (EEOA), H.R. 1675—now a package of bills called the Capital Markets Improvement Act—cuts through red tape and eases the ability of companies to offer ownership to their hardworking employees. These commonsense policies contribute to capital formation, small business job creation, and acknowledge certain regulations are not always well suited for smaller companies.

“Employees who own a stake in the company they work hard for every day have a strong incentive to see that company does well. When the company succeeds, the employee succeeds. Employee-owned companies in my district have shown me first-hand how important ownership is to boosting a company’s performance, and attracting top talent,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Unfortunately, high compliance costs and red tape limit how much ownership these companies can safely offer to their deserving employees. Forcing a company to make confidential disclosures that could easily fall into the wrong hands and harm the company is not the way to encourage more ownership. We should be applauding employee ownership in businesses from the board room to the shop floor. My bill would open up more opportunities for employees to be further rewarded for pouring sweat into their jobs every day.”

Warren Ribley, President and CEO of the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization, which represents companies that employ thousands of residents in the 14th Congressional District, believes that making it easier for companies to offer employee ownership helps Illinois businesses expand and hire more workers:

“As someone who has worked in economic development for most of my career, I know that offering an ownership stake to employees is a critical tool in recruiting top talent to job-generating companies. And there is no doubt that an equity stake encourages employees to drive hard for success of the enterprise.

“[EEOA] promises to aid in job creation in Illinois’ growing technology sector, especially for the many early stage companies with whom we assist along their commercialization path.”

Currently, SEC Rule 701 mandates various disclosures for privately held companies that sell more than $5 million worth of securities for employee compensation over a twelve month period. These disclosures include risk factors, copies of the plans under which the offerings are made and certain financial statements.

The EEOA amends SEC Rule 701 to raise this disclosure threshold from $5 million to $10 million and adjust the threshold for inflation every five years. Issuers that are exempt from disclosure would still have to comply with all pertinent antifraud and civil liability requirements.

“I want to thank original cosponsors Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (PA-08) and my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02) and Rep. John Delaney (MD-06), for their support and hard work on this bill.”

Rep. Hultgren is a member of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises.

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Hultgren Commemorates Trinity Baptist Community Church International’s 25 Years of Service

2016/02/02

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today commemorated Trinity Baptist Community Church International which has been serving the Crystal Lake and wider community for 25 years.

Hultgren Commemorates Trinity Baptist Community Church International’s 25 Years of Service
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Rep. Hultgren delivered the following prepared remarks:

I rise to commemorate 25 years of faithful service carried out by members at Trinity Baptist Community Church International in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Founded in 1991 by Senior Pastor Bishop Dr. Michael J. Love, the church has been a light to the surrounding community, and to people around the world—demonstrating in word and deed Christ’s command to love one’s neighbor as oneself.

Through a myriad of initiatives, members have provided job skills training to struggling workers and relief to the impoverished.

Bishop Love's Prison Outreach Ministry is well known to McHenry County, and a respected partner to the McHenry County Correctional Facility. 

Their diligence demonstrates the integral role faith plays in our local communities by bringing people together, united by common beliefs, to help each other.

Like the Good Samaritan, they understand that “neighbor” sometimes includes those outside of their community.

That’s why they have been involved with 100 ministries across the globe, sharing the Gospel and serving the people of Haiti, India, and the Dominican Republic, among others.

May God bless Trinity Baptist in its next 25 years of service.

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GOP lawmakers urge Kerry to change tack on Iran

2016/01/15

The Hill

Fifty House Republicans are urging Secretary of State John Kerry to change his approach to Iran following a series of incidents culminating in Iran detaining 10 U.S. sailors this week.

“At a critical moment for U.S. foreign policy, we hope that you will reconsider your strategic alignment with the Iranian government and give full support to our Middle Eastern allies,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Kerry.

Earlier this week, Iran held the sailors for 16 hours after their two ships strayed into Iran’s territorial waters.

The Obama administration has come under fire for how it has portrayed the incident as a diplomatic success because of the relatively quick release of the sailors.

But critics say Iran should not have detained the sailors in the first place and that Iran mistreated them. Iran released pictures and videos of the sailors kneeling with their hands behind their heads and apologizing.

In addition to this week’s incident, the lawmakers expressed concern in their letter about Iran’s ballistic tests in October and November in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions. The administration was reportedly close to announcing new sanctions because of the tests but decided to hold off.

The lawmakers also highlighted the increase in tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic ties with Iran after protestors ransacked its embassy in Tehran over the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric. Saudi allies Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Sudan also ended or reduced diplomatic relations with Iran.

“Strategically, this administration has created a scenario where foreign policy decision-making is based solely on justifying the competence of the Iran deal,” the lawmakers wrote. “The United States appears unwilling to leverage regional momentum against an Iranian government that has spent decades supporting terrorism and other anti-American policies.”

The letter was spearheaded by Rep. Robert Pittenger (N.C.) and was cosigned by Reps. David Rouzer (N.C.), Phil Roe (Tenn.), Mike Simpson (Idaho), Michael Burgess (Texas), Randy Weber (Texas), Doug LaMalfa (Calif.), Dennis Ross (Fla.), Thomas Rooney (Fla.), Austin Scott (Ga.), Bill Posey (Fla.), Tim Walberg (Mich.), Steve Chabot (Ohio), Joe Wilson (S.C.), Randy Hultgren (Ill.), Brian Babin (Texas), Marlin Stutzman (Ind.), Bob Gibbs (Ohio), Todd Rokita (Ind.), John Ratcliffe (Texas), Rodney Davis (Ill.), Lamar Smith (Texas), Alex Mooney (W.Va.), Ander Crenshaw (Fla.), Mike Bost (Ill.), Joe Pitts (Pa.), Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.), Bruce Westerman (Ark.), Rick Allen (Ga.), Kevin Cramer (N.D.), Barbara Comstock (Va.), Steve Russell (Okla.), Luke Messer (Ind.), Dana Rohrabacher (Calif.), Dan Benishek (Mich.), John Katko (N.Y.), Chris Stewart (Utah), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Tom Rice (S.C.), Trent Kelly (Miss.), Rick Crawford (Ark.), Mike Rogers (Ala.), Lynn Jenkins (Kan.), Susan Brooks (Ind.), Chris Collins (N.Y.), Bradley Byrne (Ala.), Buddy Carter (Ga.), Brett Guthrie (Ky.) and Martha McSally (Ariz.).

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Hultgren Reacts to State of the Union Address

2016/01/12

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released a statement following the President’s State of the Union address to Congress. Rep. Hultgren invited Kendall County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, as his honored guest. Deputy Johnson heroically rescued a motorist from a sinking vehicle early New Year’s Day.

“I have listened to six State of the Union addresses now from President Obama in the House Chamber. He has always been a good messenger, but he’s consistently delivered a message of false promises. Tonight the President laid out a plan for the next four years once he leaves office, but it's the same as the last eight years—more government intrusion in your business, your home, and your family decisions in all areas of your life.  While he talks about cutting regulations, just last year, he eclipsed his personal record in 2010 by issuing more than 82,000 pages of regulations on Americans. When government takes the driver's seat to do more for you, government takes away more of your freedom and choice. The President tonight forced a clear choice: Americans should decide whether they want four more years of government intrusion and a bigger government presence in your lives, or a new direction that gives economic freedom back to all. 

“The President signaled that instead of working with the people’s representatives, he will continue to go around them and thumb his nose at the Constitution. He made it clear that his vision for the future includes a more expansive role for the federal government. He failed to deliver a plausible plan to bolster our national security and rebuild our depleted military. He failed to present a plausible plan to provide opportunity for all, not just opportunity for some. In 2016, however, Congress will continue laying out its plan and present a clear choice to Americans. There was at least one item on which the President and I both agree: America is a great nation. It’s a new day, and I believe American is still a country where if you can work hard you can earn your success. Let’s work hard to provide that opportunity for everyone.

“Tonight’s true highlight was being able to host a real hero, Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Johnson of Oswego, Illinois, who put his life on the line to save a woman who almost drowned in her car. I was honored to host him at my Capitol Hill office and present him a flag flown over the Capitol in recognition of his bravery.”


(Rep. Hultgren presents a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to Deputy Johnson)

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Sheriff's deputy to be guest at State of the Union address

2016/01/12

U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, today announced he has invited Kendall County Sheriff's Deputy Tyler Johnson, who heroically rescued a motorist from a sinking vehicle, as his guest at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address next Tuesday, Jan. 12 in Washington, D.C.

Deputy Johnson was assisted by Officer Ben Hackl of the Oswego Police Department in rescuing the motorist.
 
“Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Johnson is a hero and servant to our community, putting his life on the line to protect our residents,” said Hultgren. “Wading into icy cold water on New Year’s Day to rescue a woman trapped inside her sinking car, Deputy Johnson put his life in danger to save hers. As he told my office, these situations demonstrate what each of us can be capable of when we’re put to the ‘ultimate test.’ There’s no doubt he passed with flying colors. As a longtime servant to several counties in the 14th District, he’s a heroic example to our community and our nation. I thank the Sheriff’s office for giving him the day off and look forward to him joining me at the State of the Union address.”
 
“Sheriff (Dwight) Baird and the entire Sheriff’s Office family are extremely proud of the courageous and life-saving actions taken by Deputy Johnson in the early morning hours of this New Year,” said Chief Deputy Scott Koster. “Deputy Johnson’s dedication and commitment to the citizens he serves reflects not only on his personal character, but that of his fellow Deputies, and law enforcement officers throughout this nation. We appreciate Representative Hultgren’s recognition of Deputy Johnson’s exemplary service,  as well as his unwavering support for law enforcement. It’s a great honor to have Tyler representing the Sheriff’s Office at the 2016 Presidential State of the Union address.”
 
The following is an account of the incident from the Kendall County Sheriff’s office, published previously on KendallCountyNow.com:

"Kendall County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Johnson arrived at Stonewater Lane and Washington Street in Oswego at approximately 1:50 AM on New Year's Day for a report of an occupied vehicle in a retention pond at that location. As one of the first responders on the scene, Johnson saw the vehicle (which was nearly 100 feet off shore) sinking into the pond, eventually becoming completely submerged. With air temperature wind chill readings of -1 and water temperatures just above freezing, Deputy Johnson entered the water, swimming to the vehicle in an attempt to rescue the driver and sole occupant. After several attempts, he was able to break out the rear window of the vehicle, and extract the driver from the car.
 
"With the help of Oswego Police officers on the scene, Deputy Johnson was able to bring the driver safely to the shore. Deputy Johnson was treated and released for hypothermia and minor injuries he sustained while breaking out the vehicle window. He is currently doing well and in good spirits."
 
Deputy Johnson of Oswego grew up in Aurora and attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he majored in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Johnson has a history in law enforcement service to the 14th Congressional District. Before joining the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office two years ago, Johnson worked for juvenile justice and probation centers in Kane and DuPage Counties. He is married with a young daughter.

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McHenry County representatives react to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address

2016/01/12

Northwest Herald

McHenry County’s congressional representatives reacted along party lines to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address, delivered Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress.

In a statement, Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren, who represents the 14th Congressional District that covers most of McHenry County, said the president failed to deliver plausible plans to bolster national security and rebuild the military.

He also said the speech made it clear that Obama’s vision for the future included a more expansive federal government.

“When government takes the driver’s seat to do more for you, government takes away more of your freedom and choice,” Hultgren said. “The president tonight forced a clear choice: Americans should decide whether they want four more years of government intrusion and a bigger government presence in your lives, or a new direction that gives economic freedom back to all.”

Republican Rep. Peter Roskam, who represents the 6th Congressional District that includes Algonquin Township, issued a statement calling the speech “a missed opportunity” for Obama to acknowledge his policy shortcomings.

He specifically challenged Obama touting his health care policy as an accomplishment and the president’s foreign policy.

“President Obama is misguided when it comes to his naïve and dangerous foreign policy,” Roskam said. “The simple fact is the world is a far more dangerous place following his two terms in office. Our friends don’t trust us and our enemies don’t fear us.”

In a conference call after the address, Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said he felt the president “poured his heart and soul into this speech” and praised his messages about expanding the economy, helping working families and making sure that education is affordable and approachable.

“He talked about our leadership in the world and the fact we can’t set out to nation build in every country that is unraveling,” Durbin said. “It’s the kind of speech given by a man who’s been tested by conflict and had to make tough decisions.”

Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s statement said both parties must work together to keep America safe and bolster security.

“Until our flawed screening process can be fixed, including reviewing social media posts, the security of the American people requires a pause in the Syrian refugee program,” Kirk said.

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Hultgren Announces State of the Union Guest

2016/01/08

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today announced he has invited Kendall County Sheriff's Deputy Tyler Johnson, who heroically rescued a motorist from a sinking vehicle, as his guest at the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Deputy Johnson was assisted by Officer Ben Hackl of the Oswego Police Department.

“Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Johnson is a hero and servant to our community, putting his life on the line to protect our residents,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Wading into icy cold water on New Year’s Day to rescue a woman trapped inside her sinking car, Deputy Johnson put his life in danger to save hers. As he told my office, these situations demonstrate what each of us can be capable of when we’re put to the ‘ultimate test.’ There’s no doubt he passed with flying colors. As a longtime servant to several counties in the 14th District, he’s a heroic example to our community and our nation. I thank the Sheriff’s office for giving him the day off and look forward to him joining me at the State of the Union address.”

“Sheriff Baird and the entire Sheriff’s Office family are extremely proud of the courageous and life-saving actions taken by Deputy Johnson in the early morning hours of this New Year,” said Chief Deputy Scott Koster. “Deputy Johnson’s dedication and commitment to the citizens he serves reflects not only on his personal character, but that of his fellow Deputies, and law enforcement officers throughout this nation. We appreciate Representative Hultgren’s recognition of Deputy Johnson’s exemplary service,  as well as his unwavering support for law enforcement. It’s a great honor to have Tyler representing the Sheriff’s Office at the 2016 Presidential State of the Union address.”

Following is an account of the incident from the Kendall County Sheriff’s office:

"Kendall County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Johnson arrived at Stonewater Lane and Washington Street in Oswego at approximately 1:50 AM on New Year's Day for a report of an occupied vehicle in a retention pond at that location. As one of the first responders on the scene, Johnson saw the vehicle (which was nearly 100 feet off shore) sinking into the pond, eventually becoming completely submerged. With air temperature wind chill readings of -1 and water temperatures just above freezing, Deputy Johnson entered the water, swimming to the vehicle in an attempt to rescue the driver and sole occupant. After several attempts, he was able to break out the rear window of the vehicle, and extract the driver from the car.

"With the help of Oswego Police officers on the scene, Deputy Johnson was able to bring the driver safely to the shore. Deputy Johnson was treated and released for hypothermia and minor injuries he sustained while breaking out the vehicle window. He is currently doing well and in good spirits."

Deputy Johnson of Oswego grew up in Aurora and attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he majored in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Johnson has a history in law enforcement service to the 14th Congressional District. Before joining the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office two years ago, Johnson worked for juvenile justice and probation centers in Kane and DuPage Counties. He is married with a young daughter.

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Hultgren Bill to “Sunset” Outdated and Obsolete Regulations Passes House as Part of SCRUB Act

2016/01/07

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage of H.R. 1155, the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act of 2015, of which he is an original cosponsor. The legislation incorporates key elements of his own bill, H.R. 2010, the Regulatory Review and Sunset Act, which calls for establishing a process by which federal agencies can “sunset” obsolete, duplicative and conflicting regulations that weigh on American businesses and families.

“This past year, the President’s administration has issued an unprecedented number of mandates on Americans. Ever-expanding federal regulations now impose $15,000 in additional costs per U.S. household. All the while, families in the 14th District are struggling to overcome stagnant incomes, rising prices and fewer jobs,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Americans need relief, and I urge the Senate and President to pass this important legislation to turn back the tide on federal overreach.”

Rep. Hultgren delivered a statement on the House floor in support of the legislation.

Hultgren Bill to “Sunset” Outdated and Obsolete Regulations Passes House as Part of SCRUB Act
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“Republicans and Democrats alike support eliminating the costs of unnecessary and obsolete regulations to help economic recovery. The SCRUB Act…comes at a time when the president continues to limit Americans’ economic freedom by issuing new decrees from Washington,” said Rep. Hultgren on the House floor. “The weight of federal regulations is a millstone around the necks of entrepreneurs and small businesses struggling to survive amid economic uncertainty. The SCRUB Act provides a means to cut unnecessary regulations and help the economy recover.

“It incorporates elements of my own bill, the Regulatory Review and Sunset Act [which] requires the review of existing regulations to identify those in need of repeal. It requires recommendations on regulatory repeal to be presented to Congress for approval. If Congress gives the OK, repeal must happen.”

Federal regulations cost American manufacturers, small businesses, workers and families alike:

  • Federal regulations impose an estimated burden of $1.86 trillion on our economy. The per household cost ($15,000) exceeds every item in the home budget except housing – more than health care, food, transportation, entertainment, apparel, services and savings.
  • Complying with federal regulations costs small businesses nearly $12,000 per employee annually, and $19,500 each for manufacturers.
  • The administration issued a staggering 82,036 pages of proposed rules in in 2015, eclipsing its own 2010 record.

To address the regulatory burden, Rep. Hultgren’s Regulatory Review and Sunset Act (included in the SCRUB Act):

  • Establishes a bipartisan commission to review existing federal regulations and identify those that should be “sunsetted” to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens.
  • Prioritizes for review regulations that are major rules (those with an economic impact of $100 million or more), as well as those that have been in effect more than 15 years and impose disproportionately high costs on small businesses.
  • Requires identification of regulations in need of repeal. These must then be presented to Congress for approval.
  • Requires agencies to recommend to Congress statutory changes should a statute bind agencies to enforce rules they otherwise would sunset or repeal.

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Hultgren Votes to Cut Federal Spending by $1.3 Trillion through Repeal of ACA Taxes and Mandates

2016/01/06

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today voted in support of the Senate amendment to H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015, a budget reconciliation bill which cuts the deficit by $516 billion and repeals $1.3 trillion in taxes and other costs incurred by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. It also strips taxpayer funding from the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Rep. Hultgren previously supported House passage of H.R. 3762 in October.

“I am pleased the House and Senate have united to send the most comprehensive and far-reaching ACA repeal to the President’s desk. This bill forces the President to answer for his broken social experiment that has resulted in high health insurance deductibles and premiums, limited patient choice of doctors and providers, and excessive government spending. It’s time the federal government started living within its means. This repeal lays a new foundation of trust with hardworking taxpayers who demand and deserve access to affordable, quality healthcare,” said Rep. Hultgren. “The bill also cuts funding to Planned Parenthood, and redirects those funds to community health centers providing comprehensive care. Planned Parenthood’s brazen and egregious actions have been exposed and rightfully condemned. The President must demonstrate whether he will stay in the pocket of the abortion business, or whether he will change course and stand up for women, children, and taxpayers.

“Americans need real options when choosing their health insurance and care. I urge action on my State Health Care Options Act to provide states like Illinois the freedom they need to put forth solutions for their citizens.”

Rep. Hultgren has introduced an alternative to the ACA—H.R. 3352, the State Health Care Options Act of 2015—which allows states to move away from the ACA’s burdensome mandates and create health solutions that are tailored to the needs of their citizens.

Among other provisions, the reconciliation bill:

Dismantles the Affordable Care Act by repealing the:

  • Individual mandate (Eliminates the penalty tax effective retroactively January 1, 2015)
  • Employer mandate (Eliminates the penalty tax effective retroactively January 1, 2015)
  • 40 percent excise tax on high cost health plans (“Cadillac Tax”)
  • Medical device tax
  • Health insurance tax
  • Prohibition on using FSA or HSA funds to purchase over-the counter (OTC) medications
  • Annual fee on manufacturers and importers of brand name prescription drugs
  • Prevention and Public Health Fund (ACA Slush Fund)
  • ​Auto-Enrollment Mandate

(Rep. Hultgren has previously cosponsored and supported House passage of numerous bills doing the same.)

Protects taxpayers by reducing the federal deficit by $516 billion over ten years through tax and mandate repeals.

Defends life by prohibiting all federal mandatory funding to abortion providers. Instead it invests in women’s healthcare by directing $235,000,000 to community health centers for the next two years. Community health centers are widely available and provide a full range of health services for women. There are 670 community health care centers in Illinois vs. only 18 Planned Parenthood centers.

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Contact Information

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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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