Randy Hultgren

Randy Hultgren


Hultgren, Kilmer Praise Passage of National Labs Legislation


Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) today praised the passage H.R. 5120 without opposition. The Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014 would bring the United States’ national lab system into the 21st century and promote the easy transfer of federal research into the private sector to bring to the marketplace. “This bill will ensure that discoveries made in our national labs do not get stuck there. Instead, public-private partnerships can speed scientific research and innovation into the marketplace and help drive our economy forward and create jobs,” said Rep. Hultgren. “As our national labs have been a primary driver of American innovation, we must stay ahead of technological change and new discoveries by pursuing 21st century policies. I again thank all of my House colleagues for their support, and trust the full Senate to take up this legislation quickly.” “Today, the House passed a bipartisan bill that will help us turn scientific ideas into jobs,” said Rep. Kilmer. “Our national laboratories have been and continue to be the birthplace of some of our most revolutionary technologies. This legislation makes it easier for entrepreneurs and business leaders to harness that research so start-ups with one or two employees can grow into companies that create hundreds of quality jobs. Giving scientists and researchers at labs like the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory the tools and freedom to widen the impact of their great discoveries ensures they will remain an important foundation of Washington state’s knowledge-based economy that provides 21st century jobs in our region.” H.R. 5120 includes Reps. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Alan Nunnelee (R-MS), and the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and the Subcommittee on Energy, respectively, as cosponsors. It is a companion bill to the America INNOVATES Act (S. 1973) sponsored by Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). Reps. Hultgren, Fattah and Nunnelee are co-chairs on the House Science and National Labs Caucus. Rep. Hultgren and Rep. Kilmer are both members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and serve together on the Subcommittee on Research and Technology. ### Read More

House Reins in IRS, Protects American Freedoms


Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) supported House passage of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for FY 2015, H.R. 5016, which among other things reins in overreach by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). “The IRS has immense power over individuals and has abused that power to trample on Americans’ First Amendment freedoms,” said Rep. Hultgren. “This legislation will prevent the IRS from further targeting individuals based on which box they check at the polls or what church they attend. It’s time to rein in the IRS.” H.R. 5016 keeps the IRS in check by: Prohibiting funds for the IRS to target individuals based on their political beliefs. Prohibiting funds for a proposed regulation to determine tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(4), which could infringe on Americans’ First Amendment Rights. Prohibiting funds for wasteful and overly expensive conferences or inappropriate videos. Prohibiting funds for employee bonuses or awards unless employee performance is given consideration. In addition, the legislation included the text of H.R. 992, the Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act, a bill sponsored by Rep.  Hultgren that would amend the Dodd-Frank Act to ensure that entities like farmers and manufacturers that rely on certain types of swaps to persevere during uncertain times would continue to have affordable and stable access to the essential financial products they rely on to deal with market volatility. ### Read More

Hultgren Introduces Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation to Modernize National Labs


Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14), along with Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Alan Nunnelee (R-MS), and the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and the Subcommittee on Energy, respectively, today introduced the Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014, H.R. 5120, a companion bill to the America INNOVATES Act (S. 1973) sponsored by Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). These bills would bring the United States’ national lab system into the 21st Century and promote the easy transfer of federal research into the hands of the private sector, improving the public-private partnerships that are essential to bringing innovative ideas to the marketplace. “Our national labs have been a primary driver of American innovation since the Manhattan Project, but many of their most important discoveries have been made in the past decade. It is essential we update Cold War-era policies, acknowledge the rapid pace of technological change, and improve the labs’ capacity to partner with private enterprise and convert their cutting edge research into marketplace innovation,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Research produced at Illinois’ own Fermilab and Argonne, for example, has enormous economic potential. Their discoveries cannot remain stuck in the labs. Streamlining their tech transfer capabilities will help push the private sector, not government, to spend further resources on promising technologies. I am honored to be joined in this effort by Rep. Kilmer, Chairmen Smith and Lummis, Ranking Members Johnson and Swalwell, Reps. Fattah and Nunnelee, and Sens. Coons and Rubio. I look forward to quick consideration and passage in the House.” "Our national laboratories have been the birthplace of some of our most revolutionary technologies,” said Rep. Kilmer. “When that research is harnessed by entrepreneurs and business leaders, start-ups with one or two employees can grow into companies that create hundreds of quality jobs. We want to make sure our labs remain an important foundation of our knowledge-based economy. That’s why we are introducing this bipartisan legislation to give scientists and researchers at national labs the tools and freedom they need to unlock a new wave of great discoveries.” “Our nation’s economic growth is tied to our ability to turn promising ideas into job-supporting innovations,” Senator Coons said. “Too many transformative ideas and scientific breakthroughs never leave our national labs, which squanders enormous potential. This bill will modernize critical aspects of our national lab system and give our labs new tools and flexibility to partner with the private sector, helping American businesses access the tools they need to innovate. This bill will widen and streamline our nation’s innovation pipeline, helping to create badly needed jobs.” “The federal government has a limited but important role in supporting basic research, and our network of national labs has long been a leading source of that research. The INNOVATES Act we introduced in the Senate would make it easier for our labs to work together with businesses of all sizes to bring groundbreaking research to fruition in the marketplace, create jobs and help solve 21st century problems,” said Senator Rubio. “I thank Representatives Hultgren, Kilmer, Fattah, Nunnelee, Chairmen Smith and Lummis, and Ranking Members Johnson and Swalwell for leading the companion effort in the House through the Department of Energy Laboratory Modernization and Technology Transfer Act of 2014.” In July 2013, the Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing to consider recommendations regarding how best to enhance Department of Energy (DOE) support of science and innovation through reforms in areas related to management, performance, technology transfer, and laboratory authorities and regulations. Additionally, the Heritage Foundation, the Center for American Progress and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) together produced a report supporting policy changes to update the national labs titled, “Turning the Page: Reimagining the National Labs in the 21st Century Innovation Economy.” ITIF sent a letter of support for the bill. Reps. Hultgren, Fattah and Nunnelee are co-chairs on the House Science and National Labs Caucus. Rep. Hultgren and Rep. Kilmer are both members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and serve together on the Subcommittee on Research and Technology. ### Read More

Highway Bill Falls Short of Long-Term Solution for Illinois Infrastructure


Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today opposed the passage of H.R. 5021, the Highway and Transportation Funding Act, which fails to address the underlying funding problems with the Highway Trust Fund and falls short of a long-term solution for Illinois’ infrastructure. “The dynamics of improved fuel efficiency combined with an aging infrastructure have created a Highway Trust Fund that can no longer sustain itself and must rely on transfers each year from the general fund. Unfortunately, this bill doesn’t adequately address the long-term funding issues that concern my constituents in the 14th District. While I do appreciate the efforts of my colleagues in the House, we cannot keep filling the same pothole over and over again and expect a different result. Instead, we must pave a new way forward with a plan that creates a self-sustaining funding mechanism,” said Rep. Hultgren. “By some estimates, we are hundreds of billions of dollars a year behind in infrastructure projects, and another $10 billion, six-month transfer keeps a few projects going, but ultimately doesn’t address our needs in Illinois and provides no certainty for future funds. Pretty soon, there will be no federal money available to build the roads we need and repair our bridges if we don’t tackle this problem head-on. A six-month measure based on budgetary gimmicks is not a viable solution, and I could not vote in good conscience to support this bill. “Illinois families, commuters and businesses depend on a reliable infrastructure. All sides must come together now to produce a long-term solution that honors the Budget Control Act and is flexible to our country's changing regional and state circumstances. I plan to continue discussions with local departments of transportation and constituents throughout the 14th District on how to come to a long-term, self-financing plan that is realistic about our infrastructure needs.” ### Read More

House Passes Permanent Ban on Taxing Internet Access


Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage of H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), a bipartisan bill that permanently extends the Internet Tax Freedom Act. Rep. Hultgren cosponsored H.R. 3086 which permanently prevents state and local governments from imposing new taxes on internet access or imposing multiple or discriminatory taxes on e-commerce. “Americans rely on easy and affordable access to the internet to take online classes, communicate with family and friends, apply for employment and conduct business with customers around the world. An internet access tax would penalize low-income families the most proportionally, and the last thing they or anyone else needs is for government to take more of their income,” said Rep. Hultgren. “After years of passing short-term and widely bipartisan extensions of the ban on taxing internet access—the on-ramp to the web—I am pleased the House has voted to protect Americans permanently from this unnecessary and burdensome tax.” ### Read More

Computer Science Added to STEM Education in House-Passed Legislation


Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) supported House passage of legislation which would strengthen science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in the classroom, prepare students for tomorrow’s workplace, and promote scientific research and innovation. Rep. Hultgren is an original cosponsor of H.R. 5031, the STEM Education Act of 2013, which passed the House and defines STEM to include other academic subjects that build on these disciplines such as computer science, supports informal and out-of-school STEM education, and supports STEM majors and professionals in becoming K-12 teachers. “Technological competency is an essential requirement for today’s workforce, and computer literacy is key to ensuring our children are prepared to meet the challenges of the future,” said Rep. Hultgren. “We cannot underestimate the importance of computer science and coding in the global economy. Computer science has become an essential language of the modern workforce, and we must continually promote it in and out of the classroom to nurture future innovation.” In addition to H.R. 5031, Rep. Hultgren also supported passage of the following pieces of legislation: H.R. 5056, the Research and Development Efficiency Act (cosponsor), begins a process to review and minimize unnecessary regulatory burdens on research and research universities, such as the University of Illinois, which drive up the administrative costs for these schools and their research. H.R. 5029, the International Science and Technology Cooperation Act of 2014 (original cosponsor), brings federal agencies and the State Department together to better identify and coordinate international science and technology cooperation that can strengthen domestic science. “We must prioritize easing the costs associated with scientific research and ensure we are coordinating our research at a federal and international level,“ said Rep. Hultgren. Previously, Rep. Hultgren supported state-led efforts to give students and local schools the option to replace a higher-level math or science core requirement beyond Algebra II with an Advanced Placement (AP) computer science course. This month, Rep. Hultgren announced the winner of the first ever Congressional STEM Academic Competition, the “House Student App Challenge,” which featured submissions from throughout the 14th District. ### Read More

Hultgren Applauds House-Passed Resolution Supporting Israel


Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released the following statement applauding unanimous House passage today of H.Res. 657, a bipartisan resolution expressing our country’s support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization: “In strongest terms I condemn the more than 300 rocket attacks on the Israeli civilian population centers by Hamas. As H.Res. 657 says: ‘Hamas is a United States-designated terrorist organization whose charter calls for the destruction of the State of Israel.’ Israel is a sovereign nation with the right to defend its people from these disturbing attacks which have continued for weeks. Above all, we must continue to seek peace in the region—hand-in-hand with our ally Israel.” ### Read More

Watch: Rep. Hultgren Honors Sweden's Raoul Wallenberg for WWII Heroism


Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) on the House floor today paid tribute to Raoul Wallenberg of Sweden who was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal for saving 100,000 Jews during World War II. Rep. Hultgren founded and chairs the Congressional Friends of Sweden Caucus. [[{"fid":"422","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Rep. Hultgren Honors Sweden's Raoul Wallenberg for WWII Heroism","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Rep. Hultgren Honors Sweden's Raoul Wallenberg for WWII Heroism"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Rep. Hultgren Honors Sweden's Raoul Wallenberg for WWII Heroism","title":"Rep. Hultgren Honors Sweden's Raoul Wallenberg for WWII Heroism","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] (Click picture to watch video) Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks: I rise today to recognize Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg of Sweden for his heroism during World War II. Yesterday, I was humbled to join my colleagues in the U.S. Capitol to present Wallenberg’s Congressional Gold Medal to his half-sister, Nina Lagergren. In 1944, President Roosevelt appointed Wallenberg to the War Refugees Board to protect more than 700,000 Jews living in Budapest. With assistance from Sweden, Wallenberg denounced violence, exemplified unparalleled courage, and perpetuated the highest of humanitarian ideals. Although he mysteriously disappeared en route to Moscow at the end of the war, Wallenberg is credited with saving 100,000 Jews from certain death in concentration camps. In 1981, Congress awarded Wallenberg honorary citizenship posthumously. He is second of only six other non-U.S. citizens honored, including Sir Winston Churchill. Wallenberg’s work endures as a model of service to humankind, and courage in the face danger. ### Read More

Hultgren Supports Bicameral Agreement to Modernize Jobs Training Services


Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803), a bipartisan, bicameral agreement to reform federal workforce development services and help workers acquire the skills and education they need to succeed in today’s economy. “It is unacceptable when far more Americans—our veterans, our youth, our middle-skill workers, our long-term unemployed—have simply left the workforce than found new jobs. We must ensure our workforce development services are up-to-date while protecting the taxpayer from wasteful spending. I am pleased the House and Senate have come together to pass these much-needed reforms to help get Americans the knowledge, skills and education they need to participate in the 21st Century economy,” said Rep. Hultgren. “More than 40 jobs bills still remain stalled in the Democratic-controlled Senate—bills that could help get my constituents in Illinois back to work. I hope this bicameral agreement will encourage the Senate to work with the House to help Americans struggling in a tough economy.” H.R. 803 is a bipartisan, bicameral agreement based on the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act, a bill Rep. Hultgren supported and the House passed in March 2013. These bills embody key principles that are necessary to ensure a modern, efficient, and effective workforce development system, including: Empowering local workforce investment boards like the McHenry County Workforce Network Board and the Kane County and River Valley Workforce Investment Board (Kane, DeKalb, Kendall) to tailor their services to our region’s needs. It requires those boards, in consultation with their chief elected officials, to designate or certify One-Stop Career Center operators through competitive processes. It also requires a majority of workforce investment board members to be business owners. Providing Illinois and states more flexibility by maintaining the 15 percent funding reservation at the state level. Streamlining a confusing maze of programs and burdensome federal mandates, for instance repealing nine federal requirements governing the membership of local workforce investment boards so they can more easily reflect the needs of areas like the 14th District. Enabling better community college—business connectivity by permitting local areas to contract directly with community colleges like McHenry County College or Waubonsee Community College to provide specialized group training programs for employers who need to hire several skilled workers. Targeting youth unemployment by requiring 75 percent of youth funding to support out-of-work youth, of which 20 percent is prioritized for work-based activities. Promoting skills training for in-demand jobs by combining “core services” and “intensive services” into a new category of “career services,” allowing individuals to more quickly receive the services that best meet their needs. Delivering strong accountability over the use of taxpayer dollars by repealing 15 workforce development programs, the first time in more than a decade Congress has repealed ineffective programs. It also reduces funding to states that perform poorly and fail to meet performance metrics. For more information on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and the SKILLS Act, please visit: http://edworkforce.house.gov/skillsact/ Groups in support of H.R. 803 include, among others, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Associated General Contractors of America, the National Retail Federation, the National Restaurant Association, the American Association of Community Colleges, and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. ### Read More

Hultgren to EPA Admin: Clean Water Rule is Less Clear to Me Now than When I Walked in


Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today took the Honorable Robert Perciasepe, Deputy Administrator at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to task for his wavering and opaque explanation of the newly-released Clean Water Rule and how it will affect Illinois 14th District constituents. This exchange occurred during a hearing held by the Science, Space and Technology Committee titled, “Navigating the Clean Water Act: Is Water Wet?” [[{"fid":"421","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Rep. Hultgren Presses EPA Over Opaque Groundwater Rule","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Rep. Hultgren Presses EPA Over Opaque Groundwater Rule"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Rep. Hultgren Presses EPA Over Opaque Groundwater Rule","title":"Rep. Hultgren Presses EPA Over Opaque Groundwater Rule","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] (Click picture to watch video) After he confirmed with Mr. Perciasepe that the EPA does hold their Scientific Advisory Board in “high esteem,” Rep. Hultgren then pressed him (1:36) to answer why, if science is the backbone of rules that are written by the EPA, there is no scientific justification for what a “shallow subsurface hydrological connection” is, a term that was used nearly 30 times in one five-page section of the rule, and more than 50 times throughout the entire rule. Nor is there an explanation for what depth water below the surface ceases to be shallow subsurface and turns into groundwater. Shallow subsurface hydrological connections do come under jurisdiction of the draft rule, using suspect definitions for “adjacent waters.”  EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board, when reviewing the science the agency used to justify this rule, said there was a lack of research on these connections which “represents an important research need.”  Unfortunately, the agency did not wait for this review before issuing their draft rule, nor did they submit the draft for further review by the board before issuing the rule and seeking comment from the public. Mr. Perciasepe wavered in his answer, holding that groundwater is not included in the rule, but ultimately failed to differentiate between the two. Rep. Hultgren asked: “How can a regular citizen be expected to know whether or not they are digging into something that would be groundwater, which as you say is exempt in the rule, or shallow subsurface water, where the Clean Water Act comes into play?” Rep. Hultgren concluded: “This is less clear to me than when I walked in here, and it’s probably the same for my constituents…there is already such a lack of clarity in [EPA] rulemaking.” ### Read More

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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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