Randy Hultgren

Randy Hultgren

ILLINOIS' 14th DISTRICT

Statement on Passage of Government Funding Bill

2014/12/12

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released a statement following House passage of H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, which funds the majority of the government through September 30, 2015 consistent with the Ryan-Murray budget agreement. Rep. Hultgren supported the legislation along with the entire Republican delegation of Illinois. “This legislation abides by the Ryan-Murray budget agreement. It lays the groundwork for the new Congress next year to use its full weight to hold the administration accountable and pursue our priorities on tax reform, energy, government transparency and many other areas,” said Rep. Hultgren. “I am pleased this bill included provisions from my legislation which makes sure farmers and manufacturers have reliable and affordable access to the financial products they rely on to deal with uncertain events. This fix will help make sure they can purchase necessary products from people and institutions they have relationships with—the people they trust. “I was also glad to see this bill prioritizes the most promising scientific research in areas such as supercomputing to map the brain, and ground-breaking high energy physics carried out at Fermilab and other National Labs. Further, it scales back EPA regulations that are not supported by science, including those targeted at farm ponds and irrigation ditches, and it trims the agency’s budget for the fifth year in a row. “I have consistently opposed the President’s executive actions on immigration which reward and encourage unlawful entry at the expense of those who have patiently waited years in line to lawfully pursue the American Dream and citizenship. This bill addresses his executive overreach by only funding the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees immigration enforcement, through February. It is imperative the House and Senate act at the beginning of the new Congress to stop President Obama’s executive overreach. The Constitution is clear: it’s Congress who makes the laws, and the President executes them. “With a unified Congress next year, I look forward to stopping the President’s overreach and providing proper oversight over the executive branch.” Additional highlights: Includes text of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act, legislation Rep. Hultgren cosponsored which passed the House to help Illinois manufacturers expand and train an advanced manufacturing workforce through a network of regional institutes. Allows individuals who do not have a high school diploma or a GED to be eligible for financial aid for higher education after either passing an ability to benefit test, or completing six credit hours at an eligible post-secondary institution. Rep. Hultgren advocated for the ‘Ability to Benefit’ provisions to be included in appropriations legislation in a letter to the Labor, Health and Human Services Committee chairman and ranking member earlier this year.  Maintains all existing pro-life policy and funding provisions including the Hyde Amendment and adds three new provisions, including requiring ObamaCare healthcare plans to tell customers if they provide abortion services Fully funds our troops’ pay raise that was authorized in the defense authorization bill Provides $64 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding for our troops, to combat ISIL, Train and Equip Iraqi allies, and support for Ukraine Includes no new funding for ObamaCare, and prohibits funds for ObamaCare Risk Corridors Cuts the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) by $10 million Prohibits IRS targeting organizations based on their ideological beliefs or for exercising their First Amendment rights Provides $5.4 billion to Fight Ebola at home and abroad Provides $2.5 billion for processing VA disability claims to end the backlog and rescinds $41 million in performance bonuses at the VA ### Read More

Hultgren Praises Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Passage of Terrorism Insurance Reauthorization

2014/12/10

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today praised House passage (417-7) of S. 2244, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), a bill which reauthorizes this key program for six years. Previously, Rep. Hultgren gave a keynote speech at National Journal’s “TRIA Triage” regional policy summit, held at Soldier Field in Chicago, and supported reauthorization in a New York Post op-ed. Rep. Hultgren spoke on the House floor today in favor of the bill’s passage. [[{"fid":"606","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Hultgren Praises Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Passage of Terrorism Insurance Reauthorization","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Hultgren Praises Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Passage of Terrorism Insurance Reauthorization"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Hultgren Praises Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Passage of Terrorism Insurance Reauthorization","title":"Hultgren Praises Overwhelmingly Bipartisan Passage of Terrorism Insurance Reauthorization","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] (Click picture to watch video) Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks: Mr. Speaker, I rise to support the TRIA Amendment to Senate Bill 2244 and overall reauthorization, and I’d like to commend Chairman Hensarling and his staff for their hard work throughout this process. TRIA’s reauthorization is not a Wall Street or a big business issue, it’s a conservative issue, and Illinois and American jobs and prosperity are at stake. If TRIA is not authorized, Illinois’ small insurers may be subject to costly ratings downgrades, or have to exit certain insurance markets altogether—leaving customers in the lurch. In the event of an attack, potential targets like Soldier Field or Chicago skyscrapers would be left without protection from massive economic losses. TRIA protects the taxpayers because it sets the terms of how our country will cover losses before, instead of after, a terrorist attack. The Rand Institute has estimated that it protects our taxpayers by as much as $7 billion. TRIA also ensures the continued viability of long-term construction projects. One estimate found that for the first 14 months after the 9/11 attacks, “$15.5 billion of real estate projects in 17 states were stalled or cancelled because of a continuing scarcity of terrorism insurance.” So, this backstop either costs very little if it’s never used, or it saves taxpayers money if it is. Each program deserves continuous oversight and periodic review, and TRIA is no different. I commend Chairman Hensarling for his commitment to examine the program. I believe that this reauthorization contains conservative reforms that protect the taxpayer from excessive loss, and still ensures a functioning terrorism insurance market that doesn’t punish businesses—such as Illinois’ small insurers—for offering this much-needed terrorism insurance. The end-user provision passed the Financial Services Committee with unanimous support, and sailed through the House with 411 votes. Congress should come together to support reasonable, bipartisan reforms that provide much-needed relief for Main Street America. ### Read More

Hultgren Statement on Passing of Judy Baar Topinka

2014/12/10

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement on the passing of Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka: “Judy Baar Topinka was a towering figure in Illinois politics during her many years of service, and I was always impressed by her ability to build relationships across the aisle and get the job done. She leaves a lasting legacy of positive change in Illinois,” said Rep. Hultgren. “She helped lead our state through tumultuous times and her leadership will be greatly missed. Christy and I express our deepest sympathies to her son, Joe, her family and her many friends throughout Illinois.” ### Read More

Hultgren Supports Defense Bill Reducing Administration Cuts, Ensuring National Security Priorities

2014/12/04

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported passage (300-119) of the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, H.R. 3979, a bicameral agreement to provide for our nation’s defense and the support, protection, and resources our military needs while remaining consistent with previous budget agreements. Rep. Hultgren previously supported the House-passed authorization, H.R. 4435, in May which passed by a vote of 325-98. For a full summary of H.R. 3979, please click here. “Supporting our nation’s military families and ensuring our national defense is essential to a strong and prosperous nation. This fiscally responsible bill works within previously-passed budget constraints while prioritizing resources toward making sure our country is secure—and reducing the cuts to housing benefits proposed by the administration,” said Rep. Hultgren. “I am pleased Congress and the President have continued the now 53-year long tradition of providing for our military and national defense with timely defense reauthorization bills.” Highlights of the bill include: Rejecting the Administration’s 5 percent cut to basic allowance for housing (BAH) for a 1 percent reduction. The bill also includes a one-year $3 increase in co-pays for select pharmaceuticals. Building upon efforts to combat sexual assault and eliminating the “good soldier defense,” a consideration of general military character toward the probability of innocence in sexual assault prosecutions. It also provides for consultation of victims for their preference to prosecute offenders by court-martial or through civilian challenges. Helping to reverse the trend of military suicide by including $45.3 million towards behavioral and psychological health programs. Providing authorization for awarding the Purple Heart to members of the armed forces killed or wounded in a domestic attack inspired by a foreign terrorist organization, such as the 2009 attack at Fort Hood. Authorizing the Iraq Train and Equip program for two years to assist Iraqi security forces as they rebuild their capability and capacity to defeat ISIL. The President’s supplemental request for $5 billion to support Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria. Builds on previous service member and chaplain religious liberty protections. Maintains prohibitions on transferring Guantanamo detainees to the United States and on building domestic terrorist detention facilities. ### Read More

Hultgren Acts to Protect Farmers, Private Property Rights from EPA Overreach

2014/12/04

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has joined 90 of his colleagues in sending a letter to the leadership at the House Committee on Appropriations requesting they stop any funding which can be used to change the definition of waters under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA). On March 25, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), issued a draft rule to amend the (CWA) redefining “waters of the United States” to give EPA and USACE unprecedented regulatory authority over bodies of water. Their connectivity report, which claimed that all bodies of water, no matter the size, are connected “is in direct contradiction of the Supreme Court decision which clearly upholds the policy that isolated wetlands could not be considered ‘waters of the United States’ for purposes under the CWA,” the letter reads. This move opens up farms and other private property to EPA regulation and intrusion, such as farm ponds, storm drains, and other non-navigable water bodies. “These regulatory changes will have wide ranging effects on everything from construction to agriculture,” the letter says. Earlier this year the House passed H.R. 4923, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2015, which included a section prohibiting any funds from being used to “develop, adopt, implement, administer, or enforce any change” to the definition of waters under the CWA. The letter urges that “the same language be included in any fiscal year 2015 spending measure or any Continuing Resolution the House may consider.” During a previous Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing, Rep. Hultgren took EPA’s Deputy Administrator to task hearing for his wavering and opaque explanation of the Clean Water Rule and how it will affect Illinois 14th District constituents. The rule is meant to clarify jurisdiction but lacks any scientific justification, and the Deputy Administrator’s answer only further confused the issue. ### Read More

Hultgren Calls for Transportation Committee Hearing on Nonsensical FAA Hiring Procedures

2014/12/02

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today called upon Congressman Bill Shuster (R-PA), Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, to hold a hearing on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) recent decision to suddenly alter its process for hiring air traffic controllers. These new hiring practices have caused the FAA to pass over the most qualified air traffic controller candidates, such as experienced veterans, and have raised concerns of air travel safety. In light of a lack of transparency at the FAA’s actions, and out of concern for airline passenger safety, Congressman Hultgren has introduced the SAFE TOWERS Act. Learn more about the FAA’s recent hiring changes and the SAFE TOWERS Act here. In his letter to Chairman Shuster, Congressman Hultgren wrote that he believes the American public should have answers and details relating to, among other concerns, the incorporation of a Biographical Questionnaire (BQ), used in the new application process, which: Disqualifies qualified candidates with specialized degrees and military air traffic control experience because of arbitrary multiple choice test questions and responses the FAA deemed ‘wrong.’ Does not require applicants to show IDs on-site, or sit in a secured testing site, raising questions of confidence in the fairness of the application process. Does not allow numerous applicants who have ‘failed’ the BQ to reapply for future air traffic controller positions. Applicants did not receive their score, were not informed what score was needed to pass, were not given the metrics used for scoring the BQ, and were thus left in the dark as to how to prepare themselves to reapply for future openings. Furthermore, an October 2014 report released by the FAA found that the use of BQ data did not adequately contribute to the prediction of air traffic controller success—so why were applicants disqualified under a flawed metric? Unfortunately, correspondence from the FAA has been thin on details about the FAA’s plans for revising the hiring process moving forward, and how the process purports to enhance aviation safety. “The agency’s lack of transparency continues to erode my confidence that it places the safety of our skies as a top priority,” said Congressman Hultgren. “The American people need assurance that conditions and processes in place at the FAA remain safe and security-focused.” ### Read More

Letter to the editor: Locally-grown healthcare solutions

2014/11/25

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Illinois GOP Congressional Delegation Responds to Obama’s Executive Actions

2014/11/21

Washington, DC — Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL-6), Rodney Davis (R-IL-13), Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14) , John Shimkus (R-IL-15), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16), and Aaron Schock (R-IL-18) today released the following statement reacting to President Obama’s announcement that he will be using an executive order to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants: “President Obama’s plan to ignore the Constitution and circumvent Congress is a lawless move that will ultimately do much more harm than good. We believe Congress should take the lead on immigration reform, securing our borders, improving the visa system and addressing the many layers of our broken system. This temporary measure will only spark chaos and create major problems both now and in the future. In fact, President Obama himself has said many times that an executive action of this magnitude would be unlawful. By blatantly bypassing Congress to execute this illegal executive order, the president is neglecting the interest of the American people, diminishing our national security, undermining the rule of law, and setting back efforts to permanently and meaningfully fix what's broken in the immigration system."  ### Read More

Hultgren Supports Legislation Forcing EPA to Reveal the Science behind Regulations

2014/11/19

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported passage of H.R. 4012, the Secret Science Reform Act of 2014, a bill prohibiting the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator from creating new regulations unless all scientific and technical information relied upon is made publicly available for analysis. EPA has failed to release the science behind numerous EPA regulations to both outside researches and Congress. Rep. Hultgren took to the House floor in support of H.R. 4012 which brings openness and transparency to EPA. “EPA has repeatedly bypassed the will of the legislature and has failed to be open and transparent about the science they use to place new regulations on Americans. Americans believe in clear laws and a fair judicial system where both sides can state their case and present evidence. That is why this closed door regulatory approach is so frightening—it deliberately withholds evidence from the public,” said Rep. Hultgren. “When someone accuses you of a crime in a court of law, you have the privilege of hearing the accusations in person with all of the facts made plain. In a one-two punch, EPA is circumventing Congress by writing its own laws so that Americans—the defendants—have no recourse through a normal legislative process, nor any chance to see what EPA is basing their claims on.” [[{"fid":"602","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Hultgren Supports Legislation Forcing EPA to Reveal the Science behind Regulations","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Hultgren Supports Legislation Forcing EPA to Reveal the Science behind Regulations"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Hultgren Supports Legislation Forcing EPA to Reveal the Science behind Regulations","title":"Hultgren Supports Legislation Forcing EPA to Reveal the Science behind Regulations","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]]  (Click picture to watch video) “This should be a strong bipartisan effort for anyone that believes their government has a duty to be accountable to the American public we serve,” said Rep. Hultgren on the House floor. “H.R. 4012 is a critical step in restoring the public trust necessary for EPA to accomplish its core mission.” ### Read More

Low-Income Family Child Care Assistance on Way to President’s Desk

2014/11/18

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) praised the Senate’s passage last night of S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) of 2014, which the House passed in September. The bipartisan program reauthorization provides child care assistance to low-income families so that parents are freed to work or participate in education or job training. The bill allows each state maximum flexibility in developing child care programs, and opens up more provider choices for parents. The bill heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature. “This legislation is a good example of how working together in a bipartisan way to reform programs can help families in need. The Child Care and Development Block Grant Act relieves the stresses that parents have when both work outside the home and have to find care for their children,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Choosing between caring for your children and job training that can improve your earning power is a no-win decision. Parents should be able to do both, while also being able to choose the type of care, including faith-based and community-based providers. I urge the president to sign this legislation quickly to help families in Illinois regain economic security.” The Child Care and Development block Grant Act of 2014 will: Make child care safer. By requiring all providers to comply with state health, safety, and fire standards, as well as annual facility inspections, parents will be more comfortable, knowing their child’s care facility is safe. Enhance child development. This grant extends the program’s original goal of ensuring quality education through age-appropriate practices and education for all children – regardless of income, race, or location. Give parents more choice. By giving parents more information on child care options (including faith-based and community-based providers), they are able to choose a child care program that works best for their family. Ensure quality training and professional development. This agreement requires states to set the number of hours of training required for caregivers, so parents can be sure their children are receiving the highest quality education possible. Establish efficient funding. By giving funds directly to the states, good practices will be encouraged and funds will be better distributed based on the needs of the region. The grant also ensures funding for six years so as many families as possible are able to take advantage of this resource. ### 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.


Serving With

Peter Roskam

ILLINOIS' 6th DISTRICT

Rodney L. Davis

ILLINOIS' 13th DISTRICT

John Shimkus

ILLINOIS' 15th DISTRICT

Adam Kinzinger

ILLINOIS' 16th DISTRICT

Aaron Schock

ILLINOIS' 18th DISTRICT

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