Washington, DC — The Congressional FinTech and Payments Caucus (CFTPC) announced Congressman Patrick McHenry (NC-10) and Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) will join Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) and Congressman David Scott (GA-13) as caucus co-chairs for the 115th Congress.
“The financial needs of consumers are changing with rapidly advancing technology, and Americans need options in the 21st Century,” said Congressman Hultgren. “I am excited about this opportunity to work with my colleagues on identifying and promoting technology solutions to improve the way consumers make use of financial products and services.”
“The CFTPC has been successful in bringing members of both parties together to highlight the importance of developing new payment technologies and protecting consumer privacy and security,“ said Congresswoman Sinema. “I look forward to working with my co-chairs and members of the CFTPC to foster innovation, protect consumers, and help small businesses thrive in the payments and fin tech space.”
“I am excited to welcome our two new co-chairs, Reps. Patrick McHenry and Randy Hultgren, who will further the bipartisan work of the CFTPC,” said Congressman Scott. “My home state of Georgia already sits at the epicenter of the payments industry with nearly two-thirds of payment card transactions passing through Georgia. And with each passing day, FinTech is transforming how consumers receive financial services. Expanding the mission of the CFTPC presents an exciting opportunity for the caucus to support fin tech innovation and education.”
“Fintech has tremendous potential to fundamentally change the way Americans bank, save, and borrow,” said Congressman McHenry. “As a co-chair of the CFTPC, I look forward to working across the aisle to create a regulatory environment that allows fintech to reach its true potential.”
The Congressional FinTech and Payments Caucus is an informal group of Members dedicated to innovation, growth and education in the emerging fintech space - the moniker given to the rapid technological innovation occurring in any number of financial services, such as payments, insurance, lending, deposits, and raising capital. The Caucus serves as a marketplace of ideas for Members and their staff to learn and better understand how fintech is revolutionizing the way consumers and businesses will receive financial services tomorrow.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage of a budget tool to begin the process of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, with more affordable and accessible health coverage for Americans. The budget measure, called reconciliation, does not immediately repeal the ACA but directs the four health care committees to find more affordable health care solutions for Americans and save billions in taxpayer dollars.
“The ACA was not repealed today, but this vote begins the process of replacing the law with more affordable and accessible health care solutions for Americans,” said Rep. Hultgren. “I do not believe in simply repealing the ACA and walking away. If repeal is to happen, I will work with my colleagues to replace the law gradually over time with a system that offers Americans more and better choices for health insurance. Any replacement of the law must improve plan choice, provider choice and affordability for people in the 14th District or I won’t support it.
“Health insurance coverage should be accessible and affordable for all Americans, but Obamacare has delivered on none of these promises. The ACA has created a marketplace with more expensive and fewer insurance options, and fewer doctor and hospital networks for everyone. Statewide, Illinois residents have had to pay some of the highest premium increases and have faced some of the fewest plan, doctor and hospital options in the country. I have heard countless stories from my constituents who have lost insurance plans, been shut out of doctor networks they rely on for care and faced an effective pay cut with new high-deductible plans. Many in Illinois cannot go to their nearest hospital for care. I supported this measure because I believe we need to do better by people in Illinois and the 14th District.”
This year, three of the seven counties in the 14th Congressional District are left with one insurance issuer, leaving residents of McHenry, Lake and Kendall Counties with a true insurance monopoly. Kane, Will and DeKalb Counties will be left with only two insurance issuers. Individuals with these exchange plans could face proposed rate increases for 2017 of up to 77.3 percent.
In addition, Illinois exchange plans have removed some of the best hospitals and doctors in the state from both their HMO and PPO provider networks, such as Northwestern Medicine and Lurie Children’s Hospital, leaving the most vulnerable people with the most significant medical needs without the options or the care they need.
Principles for Reform
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14), along with Helsinki Commission Chairman Chris Smith (R-NJ-04) and Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-12), Robert Pittenger (R-NC-09), Alex Mooney (R-WV-02), Brett Guthrie (R-KY-02) and Tim Walberg (MI-07), today reintroduced legislation pushing nations to clamp down on the demand for commercial sex within their borders, a major factor contributing to the prevalence of sex slavery. Rep. Hultgren delivered a floor statement in support of the bill, H.R. 466, the Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act.
Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks:
During Human Trafficking Awareness Month, I rise in support of the 21 million men, women, and children worldwide who are victims of this insidious enterprise.
Human trafficking is nothing less than modern day slavery. It targets society’s most vulnerable, stealing their souls and depriving them of any hope to escape a downward spiral of despair.
Nations must be held accountable for their efforts to eradicate human trafficking within their borders, which is why today I am reintroducing the “Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act.”
This legislation targets the demand for commercial sex because the evidence is clear that where markets for commercial sex exist, human trafficking proliferates as well.
The bill requires governments to take the initiative to eliminate the demand for the purchase of commercial sex in their efforts to combat human trafficking overall.
As a member of the Congressional Human Trafficking Task Force, I am pleased to see Congress taking a leadership role in the fight against human trafficking.
We are getting closer to the day when human trafficking will no longer represent a blight on humanity and we will see victims and survivors, created in God’s image, fully restored.
The Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Act urges nations to recognize the link between commercial sex and its impact on human trafficking by amending the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 to add a provision to the minimum standards section. It affirms that if the government of a country has the authority to restrict or prohibit the purchase of commercial sex acts and fails to do so, it would be deemed a failure on the part of that government to make a serious and sustained effort to reduce the demand for commercial sex acts despite other efforts it may be undertaking to fight human trafficking.
The commercial sex—human trafficking link is well-documented:
“Prostitution is inherently harmful and dehumanizing and fuels trafficking in persons. Turning people into dehumanized commodities creates an enabling environment for human trafficking.”
--Ambassador Mark Lagon, Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State, 2008.
“Where prostitution is tolerated, there is a greater demand for human trafficking victims and nearly always an increase in the number of women and children trafficked into commercial sex slavery.”
--Trafficking in Persons Report 2007, U.S. Department of State.
In January 2012 researchers released the findings of an empirical analysis for a cross section of 150 countries which shows that on average legalized commercial sex increases human trafficking inflows.
--“Does Legalized Prostitution Increase Human Trafficking?” Seo-Young Cho, Axel Dreher, Eric Neumayer, Courant Research Centre, September 2011.
In the Washington Post, Mark Lagon of Freedom House and Laila Mickelwait of Exodus Cry have urged Congress to pass this legislation.
“Tolerating commercial sex means tolerating sex slavery,” said Rep. Hultgren. “No longer can national governments pay lip service to fighting trafficking but wink at one of its root causes.”
Rep. Hultgren has made combating human trafficking a priority as a member of the Congressional Human Trafficking Caucus, hosting a series of in-district community events and Capitol Hill briefings and film screenings to raise awareness of the issue and its effects at home and around the world. Rep. Hultgren is Executive-Committee member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and a commissioner on the Helsinki Commission (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe).
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage of the Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act, H.R. 321, a bill on which he was an original cosponsor. The legislation aims to inspire women and girls to consider careers in math, science and aerospace through mentorships and outreach by retired NASA scientists, engineers, innovators and astronauts. Rep. Hultgren is a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and co-chair of the STEM Education Caucus.
“Inspiring America’s youth to pursue careers in science, engineering, math and aerospace fields will have a major impact on our nation’s future. Our children are tomorrow’s working Americans, and we need to ensure that they are prepared in order to be successful and have every opportunity available to them,” said Rep. Hultgren. “This legislation supports a number of existing programs at NASA, calling on the agency to focus on ways to help young women, who are woefully underrepresented in STEM fields. Inspiring young people in STEM will further advance our nation’s scientific prowess, economic competitiveness and maintain our status as the destination for the best and brightest in the world.”
This school year Rep. Hultgren launched STEM Scholars, his new youth leadership program which encourages highly-motivated and energetic high school students to become ambassadors in their communities for the possibilities provided by science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Recently they visited SciTech Museum in Aurora to learn from STEM professionals and exchange ideas about STEM opportunities in their own schools.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) was elevated to Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities and Investment on the House Financial Services Committee for the 115th Congress. The influential subcommittee has jurisdiction over capital markets, capital formation, venture capital, market structure and securities, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
“There has never been a more important time for our work on the Financial Services Committee. It is time to unleash the power of small businesses to access the capital they need to hire and expand, to free families to invest for the future, to support farmers planning for uncertainty, to help students and their families planning for college, and to restore the ability of community banks and credit unions to adequately provide services to the businesses and families with whom they have long-standing relationships,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Our unified government now has the opportunity reverse the unnecessarily burdensome policies that have hurt Americans and failed to address the root causes of the financial crisis.
“I am honored to be named Vice-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Securities and Investment and thankful to Chairman Hensarling for trusting me with this responsibility,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Access to capital is central to the success of our economy. In this leadership position I look forward to continuing the fight for job growth, retirement security and economic opportunity for all.”
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage of the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, H.R. 26, to ensure the American people and their representatives have a say in any new major rules federal agencies aim to place on American manufacturers and small businesses. An amendment to the bill includes elements of his own legislation, the Regulatory Review and Sunset Act, to establish procedures for agencies and Congress to comprehensively review existing federal rules and sunset unnecessary rules.
“Illinois’ businesses small, medium and large are struggling under the heavy weight of major regulations that are passed without their consent or input. It’s time the people had a voice again,” said Rep. Hultgren. “The REINS Act is based on a simple principle: Congress should have the power to stop unelected bureaucrats from making major economic rules that hinder growth without the say of the American people. The legislation will give our job creators certainty and confidence, allowing them to grow and hire more workers.
“I am also pleased the House passed elements of my own legislation to require the review of existing regulations to identify those in need of repeal. I look forward to President-Elect Trump signing this important piece of legislation into law.”
In response to this growing regulatory burden, the REINS Act:
Representative Hultgren has regularly supported bills that seek to free Americans from government regulation and increase accountability in the law making process. In the 114th Congress, Rep. Hultgren:
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) voted in favor of the 21st Century Cures Act, which passed the House today. In addition to an updated bill (which Rep. Hultgren cosponsored and which passed the House earlier this year), the legislation includes the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Reform Act and the Increasing Choice, Access and Quality in Health Care for Americans Act. Click here for a full summary of the fully paid for, fiscally responsible legislation.
“21st Century Cures is a monumental step forward for the people I talk to every day who suffer from an illness for which there is no cure or, at best, limited treatment options available,” said Rep. Hultgren. “These men and women need more options and better access to more advanced treatments, and this bill gives them hope by streamlining FDA review of life-saving drugs, modernizing the clinical trial process and investing in our researchers.”
The 21st Century Cures Act provides:
“This legislation represents good government at its best. All new spending on research will be fully paid for, allowing Congress to invest in science in a sustainable, fiscally responsible way,” said Rep. Hultgren.
The legislative package passed today also includes a number of provisions to provide support to families suffering from mental illness and substance abuse, give states flexibility to address these issues with in a more targeted way, and improve care and coverage in and for hospitals, small businesses, rural providers and seniors.
Campton Hills, IL — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today announced his Traveling Help Desk will visit Sugar Grove, Plainfield and Yorkville in the coming weeks to help assist residents of the 14th Congressional District. Staff experts will be available to address any issues constituents may have with federal agencies, listen to their concerns and deliver those concerns directly to the Congressman. Staff can give assistance regarding Social Security benefits, Medicare/Medicaid, Veteran’s Affairs, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services, international travel, the Internal Revenue Service and more.
“It’s easy to become cynical about Congress and the bureaucracy, but this experience has shown me that there is indeed a lot of good that is done.”
—Actual quote from Judi, Campton Hills resident, after receiving help from the office
Location and times include:
Wednesday, November 30
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sugar Grove Public Library
125 S. Municipal Drive
Sugar Grove, IL 60554
Thursday, December 8
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Village of Plainfield
24401 W. Lockport Street
Plainfield, IL 60544
Thursday, December 15
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Yorkville Public Library
902 Game Farm Road
Yorkville, IL 60560
Constituents seeking assistance will be asked to fill out a consent form, which allows staff to begin the process of resolving their concern, and should also bring any pertinent information related to their issue.
Rep. Hultgren has traveled throughout the 14th District and has recently held Traveling Help Desks, Listening Sessions and Coffees with the Congressman in the following cities:
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) joined the House of Representatives in supporting and defending victims of genocide and civilians caught in the Syrian conflict from persecution and war crimes, and in holding perpetrators accountable.
H.R. 5732, the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, passed the House and would impose sanctions on the Assad regime and other people and entities responsible for supporting or committing war atrocities and human rights abuses in Syria. In addition, Rep. Hultgren has co-sponsored H.R. 5961, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2016. The legislation provides desperately needed humanitarian assistance for internally displaced families in the region, provides priority status for survivors of genocide—Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims and other religious and ethnic minorities—to apply for resettlement to the United States without needing a UN referral, and enables the careful investigation, documentation, and persecution of human rights violations as criminal acts, providing justice and long-term accountability for the perpetrators of these crimes.
“The Syrian conflict has taken the worst toll on the civilian population caught in the crosshairs of warring parties which in many cases have ignored international humanitarian law and basic human dignity. Crimes against humanity committed by ISIS and the Assad regime are simply appalling,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Justice requires not only immediate aid to these victims, but the accountability of the perpetrators to the rule of law. As the conflict continues, it is essential war crimes and human rights abuses such as torture, rape, civilian killings, and the use of chemical weapons are recorded with precision and accuracy so perpetrators can be brought to justice once a peaceful solution is found.
“Further, victims of genocide and persecution need direct assistance in country, and the ability to flee when their lives are threatened. The most vulnerable—women, children, religious and ethnic minorities—should have the ability to apply directly to the United States for assistance and resettlement.”
Among other provisions, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2016:
Rep. Randy Hultgren is an Executive-Committee Member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission and Commissioner on the Helsinki Commission (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe) and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
GENEVA – Twenty veterans gathered in the community room at Arden Courts of Geneva to be honored at a Veterans Day event Nov. 11, a national holiday that honors military veterans.
Arden Courts provides residential care for those with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive impairments, according to its website.
U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren R-Winfield presented each vet with a certificate of service recognition, followed by Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, who presented each with a service pin provided by the facility. Both men also gave each vet a handshake and a thank-you.
“We are so grateful for your service,” Hultgren said. “You were willing to sacrifice everything. … And we want to thank you from the bottom of our heart for all you’ve done for us.”
As the two moved through the room, the solemnity of the occasion was also tempered with humor.
Hultgren thanked Dorothy Rothwell, noting she was a veteran Army nurse.
“Don’t thank me, I got myself a nice husband,” Rothwell said, prompting an outburst of laughter.
To Stanley Benton, a Navy veteran, Burns quipped that the certificate was “good for a free lunch at the Mill Race Inn,” also eliciting a laugh, as the restaurant was recently torn down.
Burns commented about his height – 6-foot-5 – to Army veteran Robert Cummins.
“You’re tall,” Burns said. “I didn’t know Army guys were that tall. … Did you play basketball?”
Cummins said he played at Immaculate Conception High School.
“Man oh man,” Burns said. “The Army could use you now.”
“I could use them,” Cummins replied, causing another outburst of chortling.
Army Air Corps veteran William Kramer flew more than 80 transport flights over the Himalayas during World War II, said Kathy Jarman, the veteran liaison for the agency.
“Congressman,” Burns said to Hutgren after he gave Kramer his pin. “Mr. Kramer said he was with 80 goofy young men who were subject to discharge at any moment.”
“They got the job done,” Hultgren said.
Veteran Garry Smart served in the Australian Service.
“I hope it’s OK that we give you a U.S. pin … with a United States flag on it,” Jarman said, as he accepted the pin.
Burns noted that veteran Robert Sejnost, who served in the Army, was a White Sox fan.
“Did you cheer for the Cubs the last couple weeks at least?” Burns asked.
“No,” Sejnost said. “Northsiders are weird.”
The program included patriotic songs led by music therapist Amber Johnson, "Taps" performed by John Carson on trumpet and the color guard was provided by American Legion Post 75 in Geneva.
Jarman also did a reading of “Beatitudes of American Servicemen and Women.”
“Blessed are you who labored for the greater good, for your sacrifice is a lesson in service,” Jarman said. “Blessed are you who stood in the face of dangers and fear, so we may rest in security and peace.”
Many vets had family and friends attend the ceremony and joined them with refreshments afterward.
Roberta and Dan Koebele of Kaneville, attended for her father, Robert Michalski, 93, a World War II Army veteran who served in the infantry and who was awarded a Purple Heart.
“The World War II guys are getting fewer and far between,” Dan Koebele said. “We definitely need to honor them. They paid an ultimate major price for what they did … in the Pacific Theater and the European Theater. It was a very nice ceremony. We need to honor these guys every chance we get – and ladies."
Joni Kupar and her daughter, Elizabeth, 21, of Elburn, attended for her father, John Storto, 87, a veteran of Korea.
“I thought it was very nice,” Joni Kupar said. “I thought it was nice for the congressman and mayor to come and personally honor them … it’s very memorable for the family to know that they care.”
Veterans honored at Arden Courts in Geneva on Veterans Day:
• Navy: Norman Bodda, Stanley Brenton Alan Daw, Hilda Flynn
• Army: Marshall Brodien, Robert Cummins, Edward Giomi, John Jerrard, Robert Michalski, Collin Nicholson, Dorothy Rothwell, James Schmidt, Robert Sejnost, Francis Smoczynski, John Storto
• Marines: Leslie Arno
• Air Force: Michael Loughman
• Army Air Corps: William Kramer, Lauri Kivisto
• Austrailian Service: Garry Smart
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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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