Randy Hultgren

Randy Hultgren

ILLINOIS' 14th DISTRICT

Hultgren to Join Veterans Forum at Geneva American Legion

2017/02/21

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) will join a forum on Friday, March 3 with veterans at the American Legion Fox River hosted by the Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission. The event will feature representatives from Edward Hines, Jr. VA hospital and the VA Regional office (Chicago). Rep. Hultgren will address pressing issues with the VA healthcare system, hear directly from veterans and answer questions at the forum.

“Veterans deserve our utmost respect, and that includes making good on our promises to them,” said Rep. Hultgren. “I look forward to joining our local veterans, their families and key representatives from the VA to discuss and address ongoing issues and concerns with VA healthcare, disability, pensions, survivor’s benefits, job-seeking assistance and other services for veterans. Hearing directly from Illinois veterans and their families informs my work on their behalf in Congress.”

WHAT:                

Veterans Forum

WHO:                  

Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Jacob Zimmerman
, Superintendent, Kane County Veterans Assistance Commission (VAC)
Hughes Turner, Executive Director, VA Regional office (Chicago)
Dr. Steve Braverman, Director, Edward Hines, Jr. VA hospital

WHEN:                

Friday, March 3, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT

WHERE:              

American Legion Fox River
22 South 2nd Street
Geneva, IL 60134

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

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

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Hultgren Mourns Passing of Bob Michel

2017/02/17

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released a statement following the passing of Bob Michel, former Congressman from Illinois:

“Bob Michel defined public service and bipartisanship during his long tenure in Congress. Building relationships across the aisle and promoting civility in legislative debate helped move legislation through the House chamber. A son of Illinois and a war hero who landed at Utah Beach on D-Day, Bob was a giant in public service for decades. He will be missed, and I join with his family in mourning their loss and celebrating his rich life.”

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Hultgren Reintroduces Legislation to Modernize Manufacturing Bonds to Bolster Expansion of Illinois Industry

2017/02/17

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14) along with Reps. Richard Neal (D-MA-01) and Jim Renacci (R-OH-16) reintroduced a bipartisan bill to modernize the financial tools used by manufacturers in Illinois and nationwide. The Modernizing American Manufacturing Bonds Act (MAMBA) of 2017, H.R. 1115, which updates the three-decades-old rules governing manufacturing bonds, is supported by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) and 14th District manufacturers. These changes will help struggling manufacturers expand their businesses, invest in new equipment and, most importantly, hire more workers.

“Illinois’ manufacturers are ready for the challenge of increasing engagement in our global and technology-based economy. Unfortunately, decades-old policies governing a key tool that manufacturers use to expand operations no longer address today’s challenges, needlessly impeding  growth and job creation in the Illinois manufacturing sector,” said Rep. Hultgren. “MAMBA is a bipartisan bill that sensibly reforms these outdated rules without raising taxes. I am pleased Rep. Neal, Rep. Renacci and my colleagues in the Senate and I can work together on these reforms, and I look forward to getting this bill signed into law.”

Ten percent of all Illinois workers are involved in manufacturing and 12.4 percent of Illinois’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is attributable to manufacturing, making up the largest share of Illinois GDP. Manufacturing facilities employ more than 27,000 workers across the 14th Congressional District.

“It’s vitally important that Congress does all it can to support the American manufacturing industry. The Modernizing American Manufacturing Bonds Act is a commonsense, bipartisan proposal that will ensure struggling manufacturers in New England and across the country have access to the resources and capital they need to invest in their businesses and hire more workers in their local communities,” said Rep. Richard Neal. “We know that when American manufacturing succeeds, the middle class succeeds. This legislation is an important step toward ensuring that we have a strong and robust manufacturing sector that continues to make products right here in America with American workers.”

“Now more than ever, America needs to preserve and expand our small and mid-sized manufacturing companies which retain and create jobs as well as strengthen our communities,” said Eric Anderberg, Vice President of Dial Machine in Rockford and volunteer board member of the Illinois Finance Authority, the state’s largest issuer of federally tax-exempt conduit bonds, which includes traditional industrial development bonds. “I know first-hand the power of industrial development bonds, a proven private-public tool to encourage capital investment, create jobs and increase the competitiveness of American manufacturers. But I also know that few of us wear the same clothes, have the same haircuts or drive the same cars as we did in 1986. Sadly, federal law regarding industrial development bonds remains stuck in 1986 and has not kept up with the needs of 21st century American manufacturing. I support U.S. Representative Hultgren in his bipartisan effort with Rep. Richard Neal to enact the Modernizing American Manufacturing Act (MAMBA) into federal law. MAMBA will give small and mid-sized American manufacturers a capital financing tool to create jobs and compete in 2017, not 1986.”

“On behalf of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and our thousands of member companies across our State, I applaud Congressman Randy Hultgren and Congressman Richard Neal for introducing the Modernizing American Manufacturing Bonds Act,” said Mark Denzler, Vice President and COO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “Industrial revenue bonds provide low-cost and efficient access to capital for small and mid-sized manufacturing companies but this important job creation tool has not been updated in nearly 30 years. The Modernizing American Manufacturing Bonds Act will help bring good jobs back to America’s shores and help expand today’s manufacturing renaissance in Illinois and across the country.”

H.R. 1115 expands the number of eligible projects using Qualified Small Issue Manufacturing Bonds, more commonly known as Industrial Development Bonds (IDBs) or manufacturing bonds, to better reflect today’s manufacturing sector:

  • Expands the definition of manufacturing facilities to include those that manufacture, process or produce intangible property like software, patents and similar intellectual property, giving the high-tech manufacturing sector access to manufacturing bonds.
  • Removes the “functionally related and subordinate facility” restriction, reducing the complexity involved in financing projects and letting manufacturers better develop projects that align the company with modern business practices and higher quality of life.
  • Increases the manufacturing bond size limitation from $10 million to $30 million, allowing businesses to finance the larger projects of the 21st century.
  • Increases manufacturing bonds’ 6-year capital expenditure limitation from $20 million to $40 million, helping manufacturers better plan for long-term expansion.

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Hultgren Statement on General Flynn

2017/02/16

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

“I was extremely disturbed by the actions of National Security Advisor Flynn—he had to go. His misleading statements to Vice President Pence compromised the trust required of someone serving in such a critical position, undermining his ability to perform his job effectively. I remain very concerned over accusations of Russian involvement and interference in American affairs. We cannot and will not let this stand, and I will be actively working with my colleagues in Congress to look into this matter thoroughly.”

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Hultgren to China: It’s Time to Release Zhu Yufu, Support Fundamental Freedoms

2017/02/15

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today delivered a statement on the House floor demanding Chinese authorities stop their unjust detention and inhumane treatment of political prisoner Zhu Yufu, and support fundamental human

Rep. Hultgren “adopted” Zhu Yufu to highlight his plight and the plight of prisoners of conscience around the world in collaboration with the Defending Freedoms Project, a joint effort by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) and Amnesty International USA. Valuable information about the plight of Zhu Yufu and thousands of other political prisoners in China is available via the Congressional-Executive Commission on China’s Political Prisoner Database.

It’s Time to Release Zhu Yufu, Support Fundamental Freedoms
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Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks:

Mr. Speaker, it is a bitter reality that universal human rights are under daily assault around the world.

I rise today joining in celebration and in mourning with Chinese democracy activist Zhu Yufu.

This past week, he turned 64—but he marked the occasion in prison.

Zhu Yufu has devoted his life to promoting democracy and human rights, to the ire of Chinese authorities.

In 2012 he was condemned to seven years imprisonment on unjust charges.

Since then his health has deteriorated, made worse by denial of medical care and inhumane treatment.

His family fears for his life.

The poem that led to Yufu’s imprisonment is called, “It’s time.”

I completely agree. It is time.

It’s time for the Chinese government to provide Zhu Yufu with proper medical treatment and humane care.

More than that, it’s time for the Chinese government to release Zhu Yufu and political prisoners like him who are unjustly detained.

It’s time for the Chinese government to recognize and support freedom of speech, and assembly, and thought, and belief.

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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Local Opioid Experts Recommend Abuse-Fighting Improvements to Treatment and Pain Management in New Hultgren-Commissioned Report

2017/02/15

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released a new report on the state of the heroin and opioid epidemic in northern Illinois. Titled “Persisting in the Fight,” the report includes recent success stories from the 14th Congressional District and recommendations for local, state and federal lawmakers to more effectively tackle drug abuse and treat addiction. Read the report at his heroin and opioid resource page: http://hultgren.house.gov/heroin.

“Our community has made good progress fighting this plague since our Community Leadership Forum on Heroin Prevention in 2014, but more work needs to be done. This summer I brought together issue and patient advocates, law enforcement, treatment centers and government officials to discuss where we are, what’s working and where we go from here,” said Rep. Hultgren. “I was encouraged by their insights on the state of the problem and what we can do at the local, state and federal levels to more effectively address opioid addiction.”

Community recommendations include:

  • Bridging the Treatment Gap: Long-term sober living facilities can more effectively shepherd individuals into recovery, preventing relapses that often lead to overdose.
  • Improving Awareness: Incentivizing participation in education initiatives by using existing school and community functions.
  • Funding Local Efforts: Identifying grants through the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act and the 21st Century Cures Act to fund expanded access to treatment in northern Illinois.
  • Tracking Abuse: Developing a hospital tracking system that allows emergency rooms to provide accurate, up-to-date county data on overdoses.
  • Stopping Over Prescription: Changing the way hospitals are rated by patients on pain management to discourage over-prescriptions of opioids.

“In 2017, I will be working with my colleagues and the administration to initiative some of these changes at the federal level to equip people in our communities with more resources and better tools to tackle this problem,” said Rep. Hultgren. “This report offers an honest assessment of where we are, a deserved celebration of the success stories in the 14th District and clear direction and responsibility for all of us as we continue to fight for the people devastated by the heroin epidemic.”

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Hultgren, STEM Scholars Inspired at Digital Manufacturing Institute in Chicago

2017/02/14

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and the 2016 class of inaugural STEM Scholars held their fourth meeting at the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) – UI Labs in Chicago to engage in hands-on activities illuminating the careers available in this growing field. DMDII, a research and development organization, encourages factories across America to deploy digital manufacturing and design technologies so that factories can be more efficient and cost competitive. DMDII works with partners in industry, academia, the non-profit sector and government by sponsoring research projects in digital manufacturing and design to help educate the workforce of tomorrow.

STEM Scholar P.J. Stephens practices his digital manufacturing skills on facility equipment
(STEM Scholar P.J. Stephens practices his digital manufacturing skills on facility equipment)

“Visiting the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute with our STEM Scholars was exciting and inspiring. We saw first-hand how government, industry and academia are needed to link arms in developing the next groundbreaking tools, techniques and minds to thrive in a 21st century global economy,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Our Scholars had an opportunity to see the ways in which companies like Caterpillar, Rolls-Royce and Microsoft are collaborating together with dozens of universities in a regional hub to bring these ideas to market and keep making things in America. It was a great chance to show our Scholars the STEM skills that businesses need while giving them some hands-on learning on the shop floor. Their future is bright and I hope they realize how valuable they are making themselves by their dedication to solving problems and learning in our toughest fields.”

Rep. Hultgren with STEM Scholars and DMDII staff
(Rep. Hultgren with STEM Scholars and DMDII staff)

STEM Scholars learned:

  • Digital manufacturing is breaking outdated stereotypes. It is occurring in safer, cleaner, state-of-the art facilities.
  • Running digital simulations before production is saving time and money in the manufacturing process.
  • Minute surface digital fingerprinting allows manufacturers to keep track of parts in the field
  • Visual light guided assembly is helping to retrain the workforce and reduce errors in the assembly process.
  • Portable technology aids, such as tablets and live feeds, are used by technicians to repair equipment and verify services performed.

Rep. Hultgren, co-chair of the STEM Education Caucus, has supported the promotion of manufacturing, digital manufacturing partnerships and technical education through several pieces of legislation:

  • Cosponsored the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI), which creates a network of nationwide regional institutes, each specializing in the production of a unique technology, material or process relevant to advanced manufacturing. RAMI passed the House in the 113th Congress.
  • Introduced the Modernizing American Manufacturing Bonds Act (MAMBA) which modernizes the financial tools used by manufacturers in Illinois and nationwide to expand their businesses, invest in new equipment and hire more workers.
  • Cosponsored the American Renaissance in Manufacturing (ARM) Act, a legislative package aimed at reducing competitive disadvantages of American manufacturers who engage in the global marketplace.
  • Led effort to authorize and fund the U.S. Economic Development Association’s Regional Innovation Program which provides grants to industry-specific manufacturing clusters.
  • Voted for passage of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act which reauthorizes and updates career and technical education (CTE).

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Hultgren Supports Bill to Protect Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

2017/02/07

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today announced his support and cosponsorship of H.R. 628, the Guaranteed Health Coverage for Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2017. The legislation ensures that the health care system in the United States guarantees access to insurance coverage in both the individual and group markets for Americans who have pre-existing health conditions.

“Many residents in Illinois suffer from costly and life-threatening conditions and fear losing insurance if coverage for pre-existing provisions is repealed. Rest assured, as Congress moves forward in its efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a system that offers people in my district more health insurance choices with lower premiums and more affordable deductibles, this bill would cement in law that individuals with pre-existing health conditions and their families maintain access to meaningful, affordable health insurance,” said Rep. Hultgren.

“When it comes to health reform, we need to be forward-thinking, free market-focused and compassionate. I believe we can do a better job of partnering with the private sector and employers to create an innovative, competitive system of insurance and quality care that does not leave those who need help behind. We can’t take a step backwards and return our country to a health insurance market that locks people with health conditions out of reasonably priced insurance.”

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Hultgren Applauds Trump Delay of Fiduciary Rule

2017/02/03

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today applauded President Trump’s move to delay a Department of Labor (DOL) rule to expand the definition of a fiduciary, which restricts consumer choice in retirement planning and investments. Rep. Hultgren is a cosponsor of H.R. 355, the Protecting American Families' Retirement Advice Act, which similarly delays the rule.

“Americans planning for retirement still face the prospect of an aggressive federal agency restricting their access to the counsel they need from advisers they trust. Through a series of meetings, my constituents have made it clear they are hurt by this rule, including the thousands of small investors who are served by the many who work in the dozens of Edward Jones and State Farm offices throughout the 14th District. That’s why I support legislation for a simple two-year delay that will ensure no one suffers the unintended consequences of this change,” said Rep. Hultgren. “I applaud President Trump for acting on this early in his administration. I urge the House to act to support this move as we work with an administration that understands the needs of those planning for the future.”

Rep. Hultgren has led on this issue since DOL announced its proposed rule:

  • He has made the case against the proposal in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.
  • He has led two efforts to urge the agency to think carefully about the proposal and its possible unintended consequences. Forty-three members of Congress joined him in sending a letter urging DOL to keep regulations for listed options consistent for both retirement and non-retirement accounts and preserve middle class Americans low-risk options for retirement savings.
  • He also led members of the Illinois delegation in in asking DOL to work with Congress to protect the ability of local businesses to advise customers in their own towns and cities on investment strategies, something the proposed rule jeopardizes.
  • He previously cosponsored H.R. 1090, the Retail Protection Investor Act, a bill that recognizes the authority and experience of the Securities and Exchange Commission to regulate these products and services throughout the financial markets.

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Hultgren Appointed as Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Co-Chairman

2017/02/02

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has been named Co-Chairman of the prestigious bi-partisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, charged with promoting, defending and advocating for international human rights as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other relevant human rights instruments. The Commission is chaired by two members of the House of Representatives who are appointed by the Speaker of the House and the Minority Leader. Rep. Hultgren served previously on the Commission’s eight-member Executive Committee.

Speaker Paul Ryan: "I know Randy cares deeply about fighting injustices like human trafficking and threats to religious liberty. As Co-Chair of the Commission, he’ll have an incredible opportunity to use his passion to support human rights around the world. The Commission’s work has done its namesake great justice in its quest to defend freedom, and I look forward to its continued success under Randy’s leadership."

Rep. Randy Hultgren: “Human rights are increasingly under attack around the world. Now more than ever we need Congress to be a strong voice for the vulnerable, oppressed and marginalized everywhere. I take my appointment as Co-Chairman very seriously. As is the tradition, as Co-Chairman I will set politics aside and work closely with current Co-Chairman Rep. Jim McGovern to protect human trafficking victims and punish perpetrators, defend religious liberty, protect vulnerable refugee families in harm’s way, help those facing extreme poverty and hunger and stand for the many others whose rights are abused. I am dedicated to ensuring America continues to stand up for the oppressed and marginalized everywhere that have no other voice.

“I am also excited to join the Commission because of valuable personal connections. As a great-grandson of Swedish immigrants, I am personally touched by the story of Swede Raoul Wallenberg who helped save tens of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust, including former Rep. Tom Lantos. I hope my work on the Commission will do honor to Rep. Lantos’s strong legacy. I am also pleased and humbled to represent the same great state of Illinois as Commission co-founder Rep. John Edward Porter, to walk in the steps of former Co-Chairmen Reps. Frank Wolf and Joe Pitts, and to work alongside current Co-Chairman Rep. Jim McGovern. Together we can unite around common areas of concern, shine a light on abuses around the world and stand with and for those whose rights are threatened.”

Established in 2008 and named in honor of the only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress, the Commission undertakes public education activities, provides expert human rights advice and encourages members of Congress to actively engage in human rights matters.  In carrying out its mandate, the Commission collaborates with congressional staff, the U.S. Senate and the executive branch, and continually engages with national and international civil society organizations.

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Hultgren: No Taxpayer Should Be Forced to Pay for Abortion

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Hultgren Reintroduces Bipartisan Bill to Stifle Demand for Sex Slavery

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Our Road Map and Rule Book: the U.S. Constitution

2017-01-05 17:21:24


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Kendall County Celebrates 175 Years of History and Prosperity

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

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Recognizing Steve and Diane Spurling with Citizen Hero Award

2016-07-13 17:13:04


Hultgren asks Scientists: Who Inspired You?

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Contact Information

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

Born and raised in Illinois, and having spent more than 15 years serving Illinois and its citizens at multiple levels of government, Congressman Randy Hultgren represents the state’s 14th Congressional District. The district is comprised of seven suburban counties including McHenry, Lake, Kendall, Kane, DuPage, DeKalb and Will.

In Washington, Congressman Hultgren has committed himself to working for fiscal sanity, real healthcare reform, and pro-growth policies that will put Americans back to work. In the current 113th Congress, Randy serves on the Financial Services and Space, Science & Technology Committees.

Randy was elected to the DuPage County Board and County Forest Preserve Board in 1994, to the Illinois House of Representatives in 1999, and to the Illinois Senate in 2007. At every level, he has fought for prosperity and free enterprise and for smaller, smarter government.

Randy served on the Financial Institutions Committees in the Illinois House and Senate and is credentialed in FINRA Series 7, 6 and 63. He later became a Vice President at Performance Trust Investment Advisors in Chicago.

Randy was born March 1, 1966 in Park Ridge, Illinois. He graduated from Bethel College in 1988 and later attended Chicago-Kent College of Law, graduating in 1993. He currently resides in Winfield with his wife, Christy, and four children.


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