Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today applauded House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) alternative to the failed Dodd-Frank Act, the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) Act.
“Following the 2008 financial crisis, Washington legislators rushed to pass a bill—the Dodd-Frank Act—that established an unworkable system of measuring risk and guarding against loss. 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 businesses alike—have been the collateral damage of these failed policies,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Chairman Hensarling has put forth an alternative that provides more accountability of both Wall Street and Washington. It ends the bailouts, promotes more savings and options for consumers and creates a more level playing field for job creators. The CHOICE Act allows financial institutions to provide hard-working Americans the financial services and access to credit they deserve, while increasing penalties and accountability for bad actors. It respects the constitutional role of each branch of government, and upholds the conservative principles that have made this country the most prosperous in history. I look forward to moving this legislation through the House Financial Services Committee and the full House.”
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.
Campton Hills, IL — On Saturday, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and his STEM Scholars from the 14th District experienced the Kishwaukee Education Consortium High School Aviation Program firsthand at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport. The group learned about new technologies used in the aviation industry, aeronautical career pathways and engaged in hands-on learning with flight simulators and other activities.
(A STEM Scholar takes flight in a KEC flight simulator)
“Kishwaukee Educational Consortium’s aviation program is a model for getting high school students excited and engaged in the aviation careers—and Saturday was no exception,” said Rep. Hultgren. “From learning about aeronautics and the power of flight, to new technologies in aviation and tackling flight simulators, the students’ eyes were opened to the world of flight. Several students that have graduated from this program have gone on to the air force academy or have become commercial pilots, air traffic controllers, aviation mechanics, airport managers or flight instructors. I hope to see 14th District high school students pursue the many opportunities in aviation.”
The Kishwaukee Education Consortium (KEC)is a combined effort of Kishwaukee College and local school districts working together to promote a program of key hands-on career and technical education programs. Their aviation class offers both classroom and simulator instruction in an effort to prepare students for the FAA Private Pilot written exam. Instruction consists of aerodynamics, FAA regulations, primary navigation, GPS navigation, the use of flight computers, weather, radio navigation, flight instrumentation, performance and limitations and the air traffic control environment.
(STEM Scholars learn the physics of flight at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport)
(STEM Scholars follow flight paths on tablets)
(Bruce Griffith of KEC and Rep. Hultgren address students)
STEM Scholars is a youth leadership program Rep. Hultgren launched last year to encourage highly-motivated and energetic high school students to become ambassadors in their communities for the possibilities provided by science, technology, engineering and math. (#STEMScholars)
This school year, Rep. Hultgren and the STEM Scholars have worked alongside food flavoring professionals measuring chocolate syrup to see how it mixed and tasted differently with different types of milk, seen first-hand the partnership a local business has with NASA’s Space Launch System which could carry our astronauts to Mars, observed the ways in which companies like Caterpillar, Rolls-Royce and Microsoft are collaborating together with dozens of universities in a regional hub in downtown Chicago and talked to STEM professionals about their careers at a local science museum.
On a night where a decidedly liberal audience was primed more for a pro wrestling match than a constituent forum, Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren still won a smattering of applause.
Democrats in conservative congressional districts across the country have attempted to force confrontational town hall meetings with lawmakers in hopes of pinning them down on where they align with controversial positions taken by President Donald Trump.
Hultgren's 14th District -- which includes parts of Kane, DuPage, McHenry, Lake, DeKalb, Kendall and Will counties -- has been no exception.
His district offices have been the site of repeated picketing and him the subject of exhaustive telephone campaigns for about three months.
The focus of many of those protests has been the call for a town-hall meeting with Hultgren. After working with multiple League of Women Voters chapters on the logistics, Hultgren, of Plano, provided that town hall at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.
A crowd in excess of 700 people came brandishing a set of red and green cards. The idea was to hold up a green card whenever Hultgren said something they agreed with. The red card would signify disagreement. The visuals were not needed.
The crowd rained down boos and shouted out, "Sellout" and "You're a crook" throughout the night. League of Women Voter officials threatened to cancel the remainder of the forum several times if the audience didn't settle down. When they did, Hultgren provided answers to a few dozen questions during a session that lasted about 90 minutes.
Positions eliciting the most boos included:
• Hultgren's support for funding abstinence programs along with comprehensive sex education. Audience members shouted out, "Be realistic." Hultgren responded: "I want our kids to be healthy and safe. I don't assume my kids are going to make bad decisions. There is room for both (abstinence programs and sex education)."
• Hultgren's support for increased border protections, including at least some version of Trump's wall along portions of the southern border. "There are people coming in here to do harm to our nation," Hultgren said. "It's a very small minority, but we ought to know who they are."
• Hultgren's support for Trump's recent targeted bombing in Syria. "I support what the president did, having a very targeted approach. And I can't imagine any of you'd support what Syria did to their own children.
• Hultgren's stance on global climate change. "The climate is changing, and we do have an impact? More than 51 percent? I have a hard time believing that. I think there's a lot of factors. The right thing to do is finding safe, clean energy that can take us into the future."
• Hultgren's wait-and-see approach to the costs of Trump's weekend trips to his own resorts. "I'm very concerned about it. I'm going to make sure that your money isn't wasted. I'm not opposed to presidents traveling. And I think there have to have security with them. For me, it's way too early to say that this is unacceptable.
Positions earning Hultgren applause included:
• Hultgren's opposition to funding cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, the national parks system, NASA, libraries and museums, and PBS. He supports keeping their finding the same as it has been.
• Hultgren's support for creating a law that would mandate the disclosure of tax returns for presidential candidates. However, he does not support retroactively applying that law to Trump.
• Hultgren's being open to appointing a special prosecutor to look into evidence of ties between Russia and Trump before the election. However, he said he thought such an appointment would set the current work being done on that front back at least six months. He said Republican Rep. Devin Nunes did the right thing in stepping down from the House Intelligence Committee's investigation.
• Hultgren's opposition to a pre-emptive strike against North Korea. He believes any such military action should go through Congress.
• Hultgren's opinion that White House visitor logs should be public. "I think it's a mistake (to hide them)," Hultgren said. "I'm for transparency. The White House is our house."
In response to a question about how he responds to constituents, Hultgren closed the night, and received applause for his description of how he approaches his more liberal constituents.
"We disagree on a lot of things," Hultgren said. "They've changed my way of thinking on some things. Democracy is messy. It's give and take. We're not going to agree on 100 percent of things. But if we're willing to listen and learn, good things are going to happen."
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has become an original cosponsor of bipartisan legislation to pressure countries against the recruitment and use of child soldiers, one of the UN’s six grave violations against children during armed conflict. Rep. Hultgren is Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission which recently hosted Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire and other experts to examine the United States’ record and explore ways to improve and deepen U.S. efforts to end the recruitment and use of children as soldiers.
The Child Soldier Prevention Act of 2017 (H.R. 1191) improves a 2008 law which requires the State Department to name and cut off military aid to countries where governments (or government-supported armed groups) recruit or deploy children in conflict situations. The law contained a waiver for national security reasons which became a weakness when President Obama annually exempted abusive nations. H.R. 1191 strengthens its predecessor, without compromising national security, to make it harder to invoke the waiver. It also clarifies that the recruitment of children into police or other security forces—as happens in Afghanistan and other nations—is also condemned.
“Forcing vulnerable children to pick up guns, to kill and to die for others is the most heinous of human rights abuses,” said Rep. Hultgren. “The psychological trauma for those who survive is unimaginable, the societal wreck it causes is profound and governments must be held accountable. The United States should make these abusers pay for their actions, and refuse to provide them military aid to further their aims. This legislation strengthens the Child Soldier Prevention Act and expands its reach so more children around the world are protected from the trauma of armed conflict.”
Children have been forced to take active part in at least 21 conflicts since 2001, and tens of thousands of children are serving in armed forces and armed groups today, including in Afghanistan, South Sudan, Sudan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. They are found in government militaries and other government security forces, as well as extremist groups like ISIS and Boko Haram. Of the child soldiers, many are girls—used in combat roles, as laborers and as sex slaves or “brides.”
Child soldiers suffer horrible psychological effects from facing such unimaginable dangers, and it is extremely difficult for them to ever enter into normal adult life. The arrangement is harmful not only to the children, but destructive to the whole society and complicates any potential peace process and long term stability.
The bill was introduced by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ-04) and also cosponsored by Reps. Frederica S. Wilson (D-FL-24), James P. McGovern (D-MA-2) and Randy K. Weber (R-TX-14).
ST. CHARLES – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, faced a frequently raucous crowd of more than 500 people at a question-and-answer forum April 18 at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.
Hosted by five League of Women Voters groups, Hultgren fielded questions for 90 minutes ranging from forcing President Donald Trump to release his tax returns to requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions to abstinence-only sex education.
“I am committed to voting no,” Hultgren said, if a health care bill is presented that would allow insurance companies to deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions. “I have been very upfront about this. ... The current system we’ve got is not working like we thought it could.”
But when Hultgren said health care reform could be done through a marketplace with options, it was met with boos and people holding up red cards – a symbol of disagreement.
Whether he would support single payer Medicare for all, Hultgren responded: “I think Medicare is great. I don’t think it’s the only answer out there.” Booing commenced again.
But the crowd did cheer when Hultgren said the most effective form of constituent advocacy was protest, and when he said he doesn't want to support another government shutdown.To a question about why he co-sponsored a sex education bill, which was opposed by the American Medical Association – because of the abstinence-only aspect of it – Hultgren said there was room for both types of sex education.
“We want our kids to be healthy and safe,” Hultgren said. “I think it’s a shame to believe your kids are going to make bad decisions.”
Hultgren said he agreed there should be a law in place requiring presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns, and he defended a procedural vote against requiring Trump to do so because the election was over.
“In American, we have ex post facto – we cannot go backwards,” Hultgren said.
When asked whether he would take steps to impeach Trump if an investigation showed collusion between Trump and Russia to influence the election, Hultgren said, “What I’m going to do is my job.”
“I absolutely don’t trust Russia. They are not our friend,” Hultgren said. “I’m going to do everything I can to protect you. My allegiance is to you.”
Hultgren came to the forum after weeks of protests from constituents demanding a public town hall at his Campton Hills district office.
Among the constituents who attended was Linda Ottum of Huntley, who said she was happy to see that Hultgren finally agreed to a meeting with his constituents.
“I’m frightened for what’s happening in our country right now,” Ottum said. “I wish the people that we’re sending to Congress would work with one another across the aisle and try compromising instead of being in their own little factions. Nothing is getting done when they’re working that way.”
Ottum said when she was young, Democrats and Republicans worked together.
“And now it’s so polarized, that the people are not being served because of this type of action,” Ottum said.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) will join a public question-and-answer session hosted by the League of Women Voters at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Tuesday, April 18. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event begins at 7:00 p.m.
“I enjoy engaging with constituents to tackle the key issues and challenges of our communities and nation. Many have enjoyed and benefitted from a variety of formats of engagement, including my Coffees with the Congressman, constituent 1-1 meetings, Congressional Conference Calls, Community Leadership Forums and on-site meetings with local small businesses, hospitals, churches, municipalities, county governments, schools, non-profit organizations and more,” said Rep. Hultgren. “I appreciate this invitation from the League of Women Voters and look forward to joining this question-and-answer session to again hear from constituents who live in the 14th District on the issues that are on their minds, and to let them know how I’m working for them in Congress.”
League of Women Voters 14th Congressional District Q and A
Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
6:30 p.m. – Doors open
7:00 to 8:30 p.m. – Q and A
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St. Charles, IL 60174
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has again cosponsored the Making Online Banking Initiation Legal and Easy (MOBILE) Act of 2017 (H.R. 1457), aiming to improve access to banking services for families in rural Illinois and America.
“As the needs of banking customers change in the 21st Century, hardworking Americans—especially those with low and moderate incomes—need access to traditional banking services that may not be easily accessible in their communities,” said Rep. Hultgren. “I am proud to cosponsor the MOBILE Act, which will make it easier for my constituents to open a bank account from their mobile device.”
Opening a checking or savings account can be a complicated process for the many Americans who do not live near a bank. However, technology exists that would allow one to open a bank account by using a mobile device. The MOBILE Act would clarify existing federal law and solidify a uniform standard of compliance for mobile banking services. Banks would thereby be allowed to use a photograph of a state issued ID in order to verify a costumer’s identity and prevent fraud and other criminal activity.
The MOBILE Act has been referred to the House Committee on Financial Services, of which Hultgren is a member.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14), founder and chair of the Congressional Friends of Sweden Caucus, today released the following statement:
“I strongly condemn today’s blatant attack on civilians in Stockholm. All indications point to terrorism. We stand with our close friend and ally in Sweden and will provide any and all assistance in determining who carried out this attack, and who supported them. We mourn alongside the victims’ families and friends as they cope with this heartbreaking news.”
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released a statement following Senate confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court:
“Neil Gorsuch is a strong constitutional defender, and will be an excellent addition to the Supreme Court. It is time to restore trust in the Supreme Court through a proper interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and a return to the consistent rule of law. I look forward to Justice Gorsuch’s work with his colleagues on the Court as he carries out his oath to ‘faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties…under the Constitution and laws of the United States.’”
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement on Syria:
“I condemn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s heinous use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians, including children who were left dead, maimed and gasping for air. His wicked actions are a blatant violation of his agreement to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal—and they have consequences. The U.S. response was measured, targeted and directed at the military installation from which Assad’s chemical attacks originated. Any further military response should be reviewed by Congress.
“Clearly, the 2013 Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons agreed upon by the United States and the Russian Federation, with Syria’s cooperation, has been violated. Investigators charged with monitoring that agreement—and Russia, for that matter—need to provide answers for why it has failed, and what they will do to ensure compliance going forward.
“The Syrian civil conflict has resulted in unbelievable carnage, human rights violations and suffering—it must come to an end. There are no easy solutions, but Assad must be held accountable, and his victims must have justice.”
Rep. Hultgren is Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) and a commissioner on both the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) and the Helsinki Commission (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe).
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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.