Randy Hultgren

Randy Hultgren

ILLINOIS' 14th DISTRICT

Hultgren Votes to Counter ISIL with Military Training in Funding Bill

2014/09/17

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported H. J. Res. 124, a continuing resolution to fund the government at its current levels for three months which includes an amendment to provide assistance, including training, equipment, supplies, and sustainment, to appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition as they struggle against the Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL) expansion. “ISIL continues to grow in numbers and ferocity, and the Iraqi and Syrian peoples and religious minorities are threatened by its bloody rampage,” said Rep. Hultgren. “We need our allies to come together to deal with the threat. Until then, our Commander-in-Chief and our generals have developed this plan as the best course of action without involving our ground troops in another conflict overseas, and I support their decision. The hope is that ISIL will be stopped in its tracks, and that conditions in Syria will promote an end to the conflict. I still have concerns about the risks associated with arming rebel groups, but to do nothing allows ISIL to become further entrenched, expand its control and continue its atrocities. We must be vigilant to ensure these weapons are not turned against us in the future. “Extending government funding at current levels, with no net increase in spending, opens up the opportunity for real deliberations about the need to reverse the current trend of spending more than we take in. Among other provisions, the continuing resolution maintains the ban on taxing internet access, permits agency transfer of funds to carry out the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, provides an additional $59M to help reduce the veterans disability claims backlog and maintains our border security staffing levels.” ### Read More

Watch: Obamacare Forces Taxpayers to Cover Abortion on Demand, GAO Report Confirms

2014/09/17

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today criticized the White House and health insurance companies following a report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirming that under the President’s health care law—Obamacare—taxpayer dollars are subsidizing more than 1,000 plans nationwide that cover elective abortion, contrary to promises made by the President and Democratic leaders when the law was passed in 2009. Rep. Hultgren was not serving in the House when Obamacare became law, but at the time, many Members of Congress and their constituents raised concerns that there were not adequate safeguards preventing taxpayer-funded abortion, a suspicion confirmed by the GAO report. Rep. Hultgren today urged full transparency from the President and for the Senate to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act which ensures the Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal tax dollars from paying for abortions, is implemented across the federal government. [[{"fid":"457","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Watch: Obamacare Forces Taxpayers to Cover Abortion on Demand, GAO Report Confirms","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Watch: Obamacare Forces Taxpayers to Cover Abortion on Demand, GAO Report Confirms"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Watch: Obamacare Forces Taxpayers to Cover Abortion on Demand, GAO Report Confirms","title":"Watch: Obamacare Forces Taxpayers to Cover Abortion on Demand, GAO Report Confirms","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] (Click picture to watch video) Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks: I rise today disturbed by a report confirming that the Affordable Care Act provides for a massive expansion of abortion, funded by the taxpayer. This week, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office revealed that 1,036 of the plans offered under Obamacare, and eligible for taxpayer subsidies, cover abortion on demand. Although the President promised in 2009 that “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions,” the law’s accounting gimmicks showed otherwise. The late Honorable Henry Hyde worked hard to ensure that no American would be forced to pay for someone else’s abortion. That’s why the House passed H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. Clearly, there’s been a lack of “full disclosure” by the administration and the insurance companies who have ignored the law, a law which failed to provide adequate safeguards for the taxpayer. Many Americans are thus unwittingly paying for a procedure which violates their most deeply held beliefs. It’s time the administration honored both the letter and spirit of the Hyde Amendment. It’s time for the Senate to pass H.R. 7 and ensure no American is forced to pay for abortion. ### Read More

Hultgren Applauds Passage of Bill Incorporating His Encouraging Employee Ownership Act

2014/09/16

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today applauded House passage of H.R. 5405, the Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act, which includes his own original legislation, the Encouraging Employee Ownership Act (EEOA) of 2014. His bill makes it easier for companies to let hardworking employees have a stake in their company. H.R. 5405 was used as a vehicle to get this important piece of legislation passed. “Encouraging employees to purchase a stake in their businesses propels them to work hard and improve the employers they work for. When their employers succeed, the employee benefits,” said Rep. Hultgren. “But ownership in a company shouldn’t be excluded to only top level executives. We should be applauding employee ownership in businesses from the board room to the shop floor. I’m pleased the EEOA was included in H.R. 5405, a bill which encourages capital formation at the small and emerging businesses in Illinois. Together, these tools help these businesses to offer ownership stakes to their employees, expand their operations and hire more workers. “I want to thank the original cosponsors including Reps. Spencer Bachus (AL-06), Michael Fitzpatrick (PA-08), Scott Garrett (NJ-05), Robert Hurt (VA-05), Mick Mulvaney (SC-05), Dennis Ross (FL-15) and Steve Stivers (OH-15). I also want to thank my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, Rep. Jared Polis (CO-02) and Rep. John Delaney (MD-06), for their support and hard work on this bill.” For more information on the EEOA and groups in support, click here. Rep. Hultgren is a member of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government-Sponsored Enterprises. ### Read More

Hultgren Applauds Child Care Assistance Reforms for Low-Income Families

2014/09/16

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) applauded House passage of S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (CCDBG) of 2014, a bipartisan, bicameral reauthorization of a program which provides child care assistance to low-income families so that parents are freed to work or participate in education or job training. The bill reforms the program to make it more efficient, allows each state maximum flexibility in developing child care programs, and opens up more provider choices for parents. “Illinois families are struggling to pay the bills, and the last thing they need is to worry about providing proper care for their children while mom, dad or both parents work to put food on the table,” said Rep. Hultgren. “No parent should have to choose between pursuing job training and caring for their children. They should have the opportunity to do both, and be able to choose the care that works best for them, including faith-based and community-based providers. This legislation helps to ensure that happens. It’s encouraging to see Democrats and Republicans, House and Senate work together to help low-income families pursue economic security in worrisome times.” 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

Hultgren Praises Passage of Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act

2014/09/16

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) last night supported House passage of the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act of 2013 (H.R. 2996), a bill he cosponsored which creates a network of nationwide regional institutes, each specializing in the production of a unique technology, material, or process relevant to advanced manufacturing. “Ultimately, the RAMI Act will help manufacturers in Illinois, which provide thousands of jobs to my constituents in the 14th District, expand and train an advanced manufacturing workforce. Our universities and colleges need to know what industry needs in order to provide valuable research and train workers. By providing needed direction to the administration for regional hubs of innovation, like northern Illinois, the bill brings together our country’s vast research capabilities to help align our public and private institutions,” said Rep. Hultgren. “By reauthorizing the Regional Innovation Program, this bill allows local regions to pool their resources and work together in ‘industry clusters.’ Giving preference to local Workforce Investment Boards, which are working to find jobs and opportunities for my constituents, ensures taxpayer dollars are not wasted. I’m pleased the House supported this bill across the aisle.” In a letter of support for H.R. 2996, the University of Illinois wrote: “While Illinois is already home to Boeing, GE, Caterpillar, Deere & Co., and many other leading manufacturers, developing new manufacturing capabilities is vital to our future prosperity…the RAMI Act would help create more institutes that would leverage industry, government and academic resources to help ensure that the small and large manufacturers in Illinois and beyond remain globally competitive.” RAMI would direct the Secretary of Commerce to support the establishment of public-private partnerships between industry, academia, and other relevant entities across the country. ### Read More

Watch: Let’s Help Our Neighbors in Need this Hunger Action Month

2014/09/12

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) this week on the House floor called attention to the growing problem of food insecurity and hunger in Illinois and nationwide during September’s Hunger Action Month. Over the past decade, the number of those going without food has increased significantly, and Rep. Hultgren emphasized the responsibility communities have to extend a helping hand to those in need. Rep. Hultgren wore an orange ribbon in support of the Go Orange hunger awareness effort. [[{"fid":"455","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Rep. Hultgren calls attention to food insecurity and hunger in Illinois ","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Rep. Hultgren calls attention to food insecurity and hunger in Illinois "},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Rep. Hultgren calls attention to food insecurity and hunger in Illinois ","title":"Rep. Hultgren calls attention to food insecurity and hunger in Illinois ","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] (Click picture to watch video) Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks: I rise today during Hunger Action Month to raise the alarm of food insecurity and hunger that afflict our fellow citizens. Many of us cannot imagine going to bed hungry and then waking up still hungry. But this is the sad reality for far too many people. Of the nearly 200,000 of those who are food insecure in northern Illinois, 1 in 5 are children who lack adequate food and nutrition to grow up healthy. Chicago suburban hunger grew by a stunning 99% over the past decade, notwithstanding the great efforts of hardworking volunteers at places like Northern Illinois Food Bank, Between Friends Food Pantry and Kendall County Food Bank. I have seen firsthand their service to our communities. This September, let’s redouble our volunteer efforts and use our resources to help our neighbors in need. Colder months are up ahead when families feel the harsh brunt of food insecurity. It takes the efforts of the community to care for our neighbors, as Jesus called us to do without judgment or stigma. Whatever we do for the least of these, we do for him. ### Read More

Watch: Hultgren Remembers Friend and 9/11 Hero Todd Beamer

2014/09/11

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today remembered the fallen heroes of the attacks on September 11, 2001. Rep. Hultgren recently visited Shanksville, Pennsylvania and the Flight 93 National Memorial which is still under construction. His friend and high school classmate, Todd Beamer, and others on Flight 93 helped bring the plane down before it could cause further destruction. [[{"fid":"454","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Hultgren Remembers Friend and 9/11 Hero Todd Beamer","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Hultgren Remembers Friend and 9/11 Hero Todd Beamer"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Hultgren Remembers Friend and 9/11 Hero Todd Beamer","title":"Hultgren Remembers Friend and 9/11 Hero Todd Beamer","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] (Click picture to watch video) Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks: Today we remember those who lost their lives 13 years ago, on a day that changed our nation forever. Yesterday, Congress bestowed the highest civilian honor –the Congressional Gold Medal – on the fallen heroes of 9/11. One of those was Todd Beamer, a high school friend of mine. Declaring “Let’s Roll,” he and the other brave Americans on Flight 93 helped prevent further catastrophe while sacrificing their own lives in the process. This summer I had the privilege of touring the Flight 93 National Memorial and museum in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. There, I presented a Wheaton Academy high school yearbook to be included in the museum’s archives. Construction is still underway on this moving tribute to the 40 heroes. Looking out over the crash site, I was reminded again that the world is still a dangerous place, and our freedoms are only a generation away from extinction. Freedom isn’t inherited; it must be protected against those who would destroy it. Honoring the sacrifices of Todd and all who perished on 9/11 requires we forever remain vigilant in defense of our nation’s cherished values. ### Read More

Hultgren Commends White House Action against Highly-Addictive Painkillers with Safe, Convenient Disposal

2014/09/10

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today commended the White House’s Office of National Drug Policy (ONDCP) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) following the issue this week of new rules which will create “convenient, legal avenues for safe, environmentally-friendly disposal of unneeded prescription drugs,” especially highly-addictive painkillers like opioids. A majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, many times from the home medicine cabinet. Now, family members and patients will benefit from disposal locations at local pharmacies and mail-back programs. Long-term-care facilities will also be able to create similar disposal programs on behalf of current and former residents. “Our community has been on the forefront in combating the heroin and opioid epidemic in northern Illinois, but the problem is only exacerbated by free and easy access to addictive painkillers. When more than two-thirds of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, it is essential these families have easy and convenient access to secure disposal sites,” said Rep. Hultgren. “I comment the ONDCP and the DEA for their work to improve access to authorized disposal sites. Our job now is to increase awareness in our communities so patients, family and friends quickly remove and dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medicines. I urge everyone to check their medicine cabinets and find out where your closest site is.” Rep. Hultgren has been a leader in the fight to stop the epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse: Previously, Rep. Hultgren participated in the nationwide drug “take-back” day which provides residents with no-cost, anonymous collection of prescription medicines. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (more than 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs. In March, Rep. Hultgren convened a Community Leadership Forum on Heroin Prevention in Geneva, Illinois and released a community action plan based on the forum discussions aimed at developing a community-based solution to the epidemic. Many communities are already implementing the recommendations put forth in the plan. Rep. Hultgren submitted the community action plan to both Governor Quinn's Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force and the House Bipartisan Task Force on the Heroin Crisis for their input and advisement, as well as to Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) who has investigated the issue. Previously, the National Association of REALTORS® recognized Rep. Hultgren for his recommendation to them to expand state efforts combating prescription drug abuse. They emphasized the need for REALTORS® everywhere to encourage homeowners to take proactive steps to make sure prescription drugs are secured prior to public open houses. ### Read More

Hultgren Supports Legislation to Help American Manufacturers Compete Globally

2014/09/09

Washington, DC – U.S. Representatives Randy Hultgren (IL-14) is pushing for passage of the American Renaissance in Manufacturing (ARM) Act, H.R. 5360, a wide-ranging legislative package he cosponsored that is aimed at reducing competitive disadvantages of American manufacturers who engage in the global marketplace. Right now, American manufacturers face 20 percent higher costs compared to manufacturers in other countries, according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). “Manufacturers in Illinois and the 14th District are just getting their feet under them again and looking for ways to grow, but they still face high taxes, high legal costs and government red tape that hurt their ability to compete against manufacturers overseas. Just today, Illinois employers including manufacturers announced they will lay off more than 2,000 workers in the coming months,” said Rep. Hultgren. “The ARM Act combines many bipartisan proposals that will help put our manufacturers, who employ millions of workers nationwide, on an even playing field with the rest of the world. This bill, combined with my own Modernizing American Manufacturing Bonds Act (MAMBA) of 2014 and Regulatory Sunset and Review Act of 2013, will help Illinois manufacturers expand their businesses to new markets, invest in new equipment and, most importantly, hire instead of fire more workers. “We are reminded again of how many families are still struggling to find work in this tough economy. Now is the time to set aside differences and pass legislation that will benefit the millions of Americans out of work.” H.R. 5360 includes provisions which: Create a More Fairer and more Competitive Tax Code Reduces the Corporate Tax Rate to 25% (House Republican Budget) S Corporation Permanent Tax Relief Act (H.R. 4453) America's Small Business Tax Relief Act (H.R. 4457) American Research and Competitiveness Act (H.R. 4438) Amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify and make permanent bonus depreciation (H.R. 4718) Rein in Job-Killing Washington Red Tape Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny Act (H.R. 367, includes provisions of Hultgren bill H.R. 309) Energy Consumers Relief Act (H.R. 1582) Energy Security and Affordability Act (H.R. 3826) Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2218) Reduce Frivolous Legal Costs Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act (H.R. 2655) Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency Act (H.R. 982) Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act (H.R. 271) Preserve Access to Abundant and Affordable Sources of Energy Northern Route Approval Act (H.R. 3) Energy Consumers Relief Act (H.R. 1582) Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (H.R. 1900) North American Energy Infrastructure Act (H.R. 3301) Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (H.R. 2728) Offshore Energy and Jobs Act (H.R. 2231) ### Read More

House Passes Hultgren High-Performance Computing Bill to Accelerate Health Research, Boost National Security

2014/09/08

Washington, DC – Today, the House passed without opposition legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) which would jumpstart research into high-performance computing technologies to ensure continued American leadership in advanced computing. H.R. 2495, the American Super Computing Leadership Act, amends portions of the Department of Energy (DOE) High-End Computing Revitalization Act of 2004 to promote accelerated gains in “exascale” computing, computing whose speed approaches that of the human brain. “Exascale computing, exceeding the existing generation of super computing power by 10,000 percent, represents an exciting new world of science and American leadership. Unfortunately, America is falling behind as China boasts the world’s fastest computer and is not slowing down,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Massive gains in computing power are necessary to meet our national security, scientific, and health care needs. Testing our nuclear stockpile as it ages will require more and more advanced computer simulations. Advanced modeling of the human brain gives scientists a better understanding of what causes Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease, and what can treat it. Faster computing power speeds up drug development to get cures for our nation’s top killers to the marketplace faster so Americans receive better health outcomes. “This legislation would ensure better access for the research community and industry. Thus, our manufacturers in Illinois who employ thousands of my constituents can improve the prototypes they put off their lines, producing a better product and more opportunities to expand their businesses and hire more workers. “The American Super Computing Leadership Act builds on the great work of my former colleague in Illinois Rep. Judy Biggert by encouraging DOE research to develop exascale computing systems. I am pleased the House voted to pass this important piece of legislation that will propel our country into the future.” Among other provisions, H.R. 2495: Instructs the Secretary of Energy to carry out a coordinated research program across the Department to develop exascale computing systems. Establishes two or more National Lab-industry-university partnerships to conduct integrated research, development, and engineering of prototype exascale systems, while developing and deploying them for advanced scientific and engineering applications. Requires an integrated strategy and program management plan from the Department and regular status reports to Congress. ### 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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