Randy Hultgren

Randy Hultgren

ILLINOIS' 14th DISTRICT

Are government patient satisfaction surveys undermining the Hippocratic Oath?

2014/08/05

[[{"fid":"404","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Washington Examiner","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Washington Examiner"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Washington Examiner","title":"Washington Examiner","style":"height: 81px; width: 300px;","class":"media-element file-full"}}]] “Just give me antibiotics; that’s what worked last year.” So demanded a character of Dr. Mark Greene on the long-running show “ER” while suffering from the seasonal flu. Greene refused, saying that antibiotics wouldn’t help his viral infection and furthermore that prescribing them would contribute to the problem of superbugs that are resistant to normal antibiotics. The patient was upset, but Greene held his ground. Back in the 1990s, Greene would have been commended for practicing good medicine. Unfortunately, more recent regulations handed down from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and bolstered by the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — would punish Greene for his decision to go against his patient’s wishes. How is that possible? In 2002, CMS began using the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey, a method of rating the care given by doctors and hospitals which relies largely on patient opinion. In 2007, CMS started using the survey to determine funding reductions or bonuses to hospitals providing care to Medicare patients. The intentions of the survey are generally good. Patients walking out of their doctor’s office should be happy with the care they are receiving. In the interest of fiscal responsibility, tax money should not pay for subpar health care for poor doctors and care centers. That is unfair to seniors who receive care and American taxpayers who are on the hook for it. But it brings into question the proper balance between patient satisfaction and a doctor’s autonomy to decide what is best for them. There’s good reason to believe weighing patient satisfaction too heavily creates a tremendous burden on both physicians and health care facilities and warps the incentives when doctors practice medicine. Following a surgery, a patient may rate a doctor’s performance on how much pain they felt, even if they were prescribed the proper dose of pain medication. In this area — pain management — the survey’s power to reduce funding to hospitals can put downward pressure on doctors to do whatever they can to increase their ratings, leading to unintended yet harmful consequences. In order to please the patient, the doctor may feel pressure to overprescribe pain medication to ensure their patient does not rate them poorly on pain management. The danger of overprescribing pain medication is well-known, in many cases leading to prescription drug abuse and addiction. I have been greatly concerned with the pressing issue of drug, and particularly opiate, abuse on multiple levels. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdose death rates in our country have more than tripled since 1990. In 2008, the CDC reported that more than 36,000 people died from drug overdose, most of which involved prescription drugs. During a March 7 community forum on the issue that I hosted at the Kane County Government Center in Geneva, Ill., a diverse array of experts and local and state leaders, including law enforcement, drug courts, elected officials, educators, treatment providers and recovery centers, tackled the issue of opiate abuse in all its forms. Among other things, we addressed the growing link between prescription opioid painkillers and rising heroin use. When law enforcement cracks down on prescription painkillers like Oxycontin and Vicodin, users turn to heroin, which gives a similar high and is cheaper and easier to access. So if doctors are incentivized to overprescribe opioids to demanding patients, this could exacerbate the epidemic of opiate abuse. Like the "ER" scenario, putting the patient’s most immediate wishes over that of the doctor’s wisdom and knowledge can lead to unintended-yet-harmful results. Doctors should be able to practice medicine in the way they deem best for their patients, not be hired or fired based on surveys that don’t tell the full picture. In fighting heroin and opiate abuse, my goal has been to develop a model that will help engage the community to help fix this issue and to remove the stigma of addiction so that those affected can get the proper care. But these CMS regulations can break down that model. Doctors providing great health care should not be punished for being unable to live up to the unreasonable expectations of unhappy patients and a flawed survey. Regulations by the CMS must be changed in order to preserve the holy grail of medicine — the Hippocratic Oath. Only when we get the government out of the way of our doctors and restore to them the full authority to "do no harm" will we be able to unwind the damage being done to patients, especially those being treated with opioid painkillers. Republican Randy Hultgren represents Illinois' 14th U.S. congressional district. Read More

National Retail Federation Recognizes Hultgren’s Dedication to Main Street Businesses

2014/08/04

Washington, DC – In recognition of his dedication to retailers and small businesses, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has been named a recipient of the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Hero of Main Street Award.  The award honors Senators and Members of Congress who have positive voting records during the 113th Congress on critical issues that contribute to the growth and prosperity of small business and the U.S. retail industry. [[{"fid":"434","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Rep. Hultgren accepts the award with Bernie Koch of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Mike Cys of the National Retail Federation and Tim Lehan of Lehan Drugs","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Rep. Hultgren accepts the award with Bernie Koch of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Mike Cys of the National Retail Federation and Tim Lehan of Lehan Drugs"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Rep. Hultgren accepts the award with Bernie Koch of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Mike Cys of the National Retail Federation and Tim Lehan of Lehan Drugs","title":"Rep. Hultgren accepts the award with Bernie Koch of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Mike Cys of the National Retail Federation and Tim Lehan of Lehan Drugs","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] (Rep. Hultgren accepts the award with Bernie Koch of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, Mike Cys of the National Retail Federation and Tim Lehan of Lehan Drugs) “Illinois’ retail industry is responsible for 17 percent of the state’s GDP and one in four Illinois jobs,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Retailers in the 14th District not only continue to contribute to our statewide economic growth and well-being, but are the critical foundation that provides close to 1.7 million jobs for Illinois workers. In this next Congress, we must continue to defend and support the small businesses and retailers in Illinois and across the country.” Recognizing Rep. Hultgren’s record, National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay stated: “NRF salutes our retail advocates in Congress for their dedication and proven commitment to public policies that support prosperity on Main Street. Retailers are the heart and soul of our communities, and we are pleased to acknowledge lawmakers, like Representative Hultgren, who have consistently supported a pro-economic growth policy agenda to ensure a thriving Main Street and a healthy and vibrant retail sector in Illinois.” ### Read More

Hultgren Supports Measures to Secure Border, Prohibit Funding for President’s Immigration Executive Order

2014/08/02

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today voted in support of the House passage of two bills to address the crisis at the southern border and send immediate relief to law enforcement there, and prohibit funding for President Obama’s executive orders which human trafficking organization have used to convince families to send their children to the border to gain instant entry into the United States. “The crisis at the border was fueled by administration policies that altered our already insufficient border enforcement and encouraged these children to put themselves in the hands or smugglers and human traffickers,” said Rep. Hultgren. “We have said from the beginning that we need to send clear messages to these countries about our immigration policies, as these bills passed today do. Sending reinforcements to the border is a temporary but needed boost to our national security efforts. Slowing the influx and appropriately processing these children should be our first priority until we reach a long-term solution to this crisis. Sending the National Guard, which has experience in humanitarian crises, will allow them to assist federal agencies at the border. We must address the exposed weaknesses in border enforcement before we will ever be in the position to address visa system reforms. “Further, we must stop the president from abusing the immigration laws already passed by Congress. Refusing to enforce the law is against the Constitution and sends mixed messages to children put at risk by attempting to come here and endangering their safety. I trust the Senate will not play games while the fate of these children hangs in the balance. If the Senate attaches the Schumer bill, that proves they’re not serious about taking this necessary step toward solving this problem and are instead using children as pawns in their political game.” H.R. 5320 is a border supplemental appropriations bill which takes the following actions: Securing Our Southwest Border Increases National Guard presence and boosts DHS border security and enforcement including increasing detention capacity and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) border security. Accelerates judicial proceedings by providing funds to hire temporary immigration judges. Addressing the Border Crisis Includes $694M to meet immediate border security and humanitarian needs. Fully offsets funding through cuts and rescissions of existing funds. Providing Humanitarian Aid and Preventing Future Crises Temporarily shelters and provides assistance to unaccompanied children with additional funding for housing facilities, meals and other temporary care. Redirects up to $40M in previously appropriated funds for reintegration in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to ensure these countries will quickly accept and repatriate those returning home from the United States. Making Smart Policy Reforms Changes a 2008 law to require that all unaccompanied minors are treated the same as Mexicans for the purpose of removal. Prohibits the administration from restricting CBP activities on federal land. Strengthens the law prohibiting immigration status to criminals convicted of serious drug crimes. Expresses a “Sense of Congress” that unauthorized aliens should not be housed at military installations unless certain conditions are met. H.R. 5272 would prohibit the use of federal funds to consider or adjudicate any new or previously denied application under President’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, or to authorize work permits for unaccompanied minor children. This would ensure each unaccompanied minor who arrives to the United States is humanely and expeditiously returned to their home countries unless they are under the control of traffickers, or face other dangerous circumstances, as laid out by the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). ### Read More

Watch: Hultgren Highlights House Bills to Help Struggling Middle Class Americans

2014/08/01

Washington, DC — During a Special Order floor speech this week, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) highlighted several pieces of legislation the House has passed that benefit struggling Americans. Some bills, like the Hire More Heroes Act which would help small businesses hire veterans, are stuck in the Senate. Rep. Hultgren urged action on the more than 350 pieces of legislation the House has passed for the benefit of families like that of Jessica, a constituent from Lake in the Hills, Illinois who emailed him. [[{"fid":"432","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Hultgren Highlights House Bills to Help Struggling Middle Class Americans","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Hultgren Highlights House Bills to Help Struggling Middle Class Americans"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Hultgren Highlights House Bills to Help Struggling Middle Class Americans","title":"Hultgren Highlights House Bills to Help Struggling Middle Class Americans","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] (Click picture to watch video) Following are excerpts from Rep. Hultgren’s remarks: Jessica from Lake in the Hills in Illinois wrote me with concern about her current economic situation. She’s a single mother with two teenagers. But like many Americans, she recently lost her job amidst the slow economic recovery. As Gallup recently confirmed, many Americans like Jessica are having to spend more on items they have to buy, and less on items they choose to buy...rising costs of basic necessities like groceries, gas, and utilities for middle class families like Jessica’s smothers them as the cost of day-to-day living goes up. This is heartbreaking and frustrating because the House has passed legislation to lower energy prices, create jobs, improve work-life balance and do many other things to help. Still, I do have hope we can work across the aisle to help address the problems of the middle class—that’s what the American people sent us here to do. Just this month, the House and Senate passed and the president signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, H.R. 803, or the SKILLS Act, which helps reform and modernize our federal job training programs. When it comes down to it, I truly believe we can all agree on about 80 percent of the issues facing the nation. Building relationships and working on common goals can help us address the other 20 percent without being divisive. But where does this leave middle class families right now? They are still finding their paychecks don’t go as far as they used to. Energy prices are still high and groceries aren’t getting any cheaper. More than 350 bills are stuck in the Senate—many of those would help Americans get back on their feet again….Let’s help families like Jessica’s and get these bills passed through the Senate now. Bills mentioned include: H.R. 1105, Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act H.R. 1406, Working Families Flexibility Act H.R. 3474, Hire More Heroes Act H.R. 4899, Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act H.R. 803, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act ### Read More

Hultgren Introduces Legislation to Modernize Manufacturing Bonds to Bolster Illinois' Industry Expansion Efforts

2014/08/01

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14) along with Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA-01) introduced a bipartisan bill to modernize the financial tools used by manufacturers in Illinois and nationwide. The Modernizing American Manufacturing Bonds Act (MAMBA) of 2014, H.R. 5319, which updates the three decades-old rules governing manufacturing bonds, is supported by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, the Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), and 14th District manufacturers.  These changes will help struggling manufacturers expand their businesses, invest in new equipment and, most importantly, hire more workers. “Our tumultuous, increasingly global and technology-based economy poses tremendous challenges to Illinois manufacturers. Unfortunately, antiquated, decades-old policies governing a key tool that manufacturers use to expand operations no longer address today’s challenges, needlessly impeding  growth and job creation in the Illinois manufacturing sector,” said Rep. Hultgren. “MAMBA is a bipartisan bill that sensibly reforms these outdated rules at little cost to the taxpayer. I am pleased to be joined in this effort by Rep. Neal and I look forward to working in the House to pass this bill. Illinois manufacturers and their employees need relief.” Ten percent of all Illinois workers are involved in manufacturing and 12.4 percent of Illinois’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is attributable to manufacturing, making up the largest share of Illinois GDP. Manufacturing facilities employ more than 27,000 workers across the 14th Congressional District. "Bison Gear is an innovative, dynamic, family-owned company based in St. Charles, Illinois that competes in the global marketplace," said Ronald D. Bullock, Chairman of Bison Gear & Engineering Corporation. "Since 1987, we have increased our sales volume more than ten-fold, expanded our product lines, and added research and development capabilities to our high-tech manufacturing operation in St. Charles. We used manufacturing bonds to efficiently access low-cost capital to upgrade our facilities. Unfortunately, this important tool has not been updated since the mid-1980s—about the same time that we bought Bison Gear. “On behalf of our company, I thank Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14) and Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA-01) for introducing the Modernizing American Manufacturing Bonds Act (MAMBA). This legislation modernizes traditional industrial development revenue bonds to reflect the needs of American manufacturing in the 21st century. If enacted into federal law, MAMBA would enable Bison Gear to continue to expand our U.S. manufacturing, research and development, and engineering facilities, as well as collaborate more effectively at our St. Charles location with our global customers. Everyone should understand the importance of manufacturing to our national economy. In Illinois alone, manufacturing employs nearly 600,000 workers and contributes the largest single share of the Gross State Product." “On behalf of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and our thousands of member companies across our State, I applaud Congressman Randy Hultgren and Congressman Richard Neal for introducing the Modernizing American Manufacturing Bonds Act,” said Mark Denzler, Vice President and COO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association. “Industrial revenue bonds provide low-cost and efficient access to capital for small and mid-sized manufacturing companies but this important job creation tool has not been updated in nearly 30 years. The Modernizing American Manufacturing Bonds Act will help bring good jobs back to America’s shores and help expand today’s manufacturing renaissance in Illinois and across the country.” H.R. 5319 expands the number of eligible projects using Qualified Small Issue Manufacturing Bonds, more commonly known as Industrial Development Bonds (IDBs) or manufacturing bonds, to better reflect today’s manufacturing sector: Expands definition of manufacturing facilities to include those that manufacture, process, or produce intangible property like software, patents and similar intellectual property, giving the high-tech manufacturing sector access to manufacturing bonds. Removes “functionally related and subordinate facility” restriction, reducing the complexity involved in financing projects and letting manufacturers better develop projects that align the company with modern business practices and higher quality of life. Increases the manufacturing bond size limitation from $10 million to $30 million, allowing businesses to finance the larger projects of the 21st century. Increases manufacturing bonds’ 6-year capital expenditure limitation from $20 million to $40 million, helping manufacturers better plan for long-term expansion. ### Read More

Hultgren Supports Legislation to Protect Community Banks

2014/08/01

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) this week voted to support two bills which will relieve community banks from excessive regulations and protect their ability to lend to Illinois homeowners. H.R. 4042, the Community Bank Mortgage Service Asset Capital Requirements Study Act of 2014, and H.R. 5148, the Access to Affordable Mortgages Act of 2014, both passed the House Financial Services Committee (FSC), of which Rep. Hultgren is a member. “Without healthy community banks, many responsible Americans – including my constituents in the 14th District of Illinois – could not own a home,” said Rep. Hultgren. “These banks lend based upon their customer relationships, which means they can often serve the borrowers that the larger banks may turn down. These bills provide some relief for community banks that are struggling under the weight of often unnecessary regulations.” H.R. 4042 requires federal oversight agencies to study capital requirements for mortgage servicing assets at certain banks, including all small- and mid-sized banks, and delays the application of certain capital requirements for six months after completing the study. Easing regulations on community banks can free up their ability to lend to customers, such as small businesses and farmers. H.R. 5148 exempts certain high-risk mortgages valued $250,000 or below from federal appraisal requirements. This eases compliance burdens on lenders and increases credit access for lower- and middle-income borrowers. Rep. Hultgren previously signed a letter urging the Federal Reserve to appoint a community banker to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, ensuring their interests are represented. Rep. Hultgren also cosponsored a number of bills that have offered regulatory relief to community banks, including: Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Access Act (H.R. 2673), which amends the Truth in Lending Act to define as a “qualified mortgage” a residential mortgage loan made by a creditor so long as the loan appears on the balance sheet of such creditor.  This bill passed the FSC on May 22, 2014, by a vote of 36-23. Mortgage Choice Act of 2013 (H.R. 3211), which modifies the definition of “points and fees” for the purposes of determining defining a Qualified Mortgage. H.R. 3211 passed the House on June 9, 2014 by a voice vote. Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2014 (H.R. 4521), which exempts community banks and credit unions with assets below $10 billion from escrow requirements for loans held in portfolio, and amends the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act to increase the “small servicer” exception threshold to 20,000 annual loans (up from 5,000). H.R. 4521 passed the FSC by a vote of 43-16. ### Read More

Hultgren Supports Compromise Bill to Overhaul VA

2014/07/30

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage (420-5) of the H.R. 3230, the Veterans’ Access to Care through Choice, Accountability, and Transparency Act, a compromise bill between the House and Senate to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. “After meeting with veterans and their representatives from throughout the 14th District and discussing the VA’s deep-seated problems with leaders of Illinois VA facilities, it’s become clear the VA is in need of reforms to ensure it is serving the needs of our veterans,” said Rep. Hultgren. “The ongoing bureaucratic nightmare has hurt our servicemen and women, and I am pleased the House and Senate have worked together to overhaul the way veterans receive care. But we must continue to hold the administration accountable for implementing these reforms and rooting out corruption and ineptitude at the VA. We will be listening to our veterans and watching closely as the VA works to fix its deep problems.” Among other provisions, H.R. 3230 would: Allow veterans to seek private care if they live more than 40 miles from the nearest VA facility, or are unable to get an appointment at a VA facility within 30 days. It also extends two pilot programs to help veterans receive care closer to their homes, and to improve rehabilitation services for those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury.  Incorporate the House-passed VA Management Accountability Act (H.R. 4031), legislation backed by numerous veterans groups that makes it easier to fire or demote senior VA managers who are not doing their jobs.  The bill also prevents senior managers from receiving bonuses during their removal process. Ensure that there will be an independent review of VA medical care, and it establishes a congressional commission to evaluate access to care. These measures will help identify long-term reforms necessary to improve the quality and accessibility of care for our veterans. For more information on the bill, please click here. ### Read More

Hultgren Cosponsors Legislation to Expand Municipal Bonds

2014/07/30

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) is an original sponsor of H.R. 5199, a bill which would expand the use of local bank qualified bonds and allow local municipal governments and school districts to increase their use from $10 million to $30 million a year. “Municipal bonds are a lifeline to local communities looking to expand a high school or repair their infrastructure,” said Rep. Hultgren. “These tools of ‘fiscal federalism’ allow municipalities to raise their own funds tax-free, using their own expertise and avoiding the heavy bureaucracy of the federal government. Under H.R. 5199, a school investing in an infrastructure project in the range of $30 million could save nearly $4 million in interest costs. We should expand this Main Street financing tool for municipalities intimately connected to the needs of their communities.” Previously, Rep. Hultgren held a Municipal Finance Roundtable at the University of Illinois at Chicago to convene expert panel of issuers, investors, credit analysts, and other market participants to discuss the most pressing issues facing the municipal finance market. Last summer he worked with Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) to lead an effort along with nearly 140 Members of Congress to protect tax-exempt municipal bonds by sending a letter to House leadership asking them to reject any proposal to cap or eliminate the deduction on tax-exempt municipal bonds. ### Read More

Watch: Let’s Upgrade State Dept. Office to Boost Anti-Trafficking Efforts

2014/07/29

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) on the House floor today praised the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, H.R. 2283, which upgrades the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP) to a bureau, preventing gaming of the tier ranking system. The bill passed the House without opposition and has been referred to the Senate. Rep. Hultgren has been named to the Congressional Human Trafficking Task Force by House leadership to produce legislation with the goal of combating international and domestic trafficking, while protecting and helping victims. [[{"fid":"431","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Upgrading State Dept. Office to Boost Anti-Trafficking Efforts","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Upgrading State Dept. Office to Boost Anti-Trafficking Efforts"},"type":"media","attributes":{"alt":"Upgrading State Dept. Office to Boost Anti-Trafficking Efforts","title":"Upgrading State Dept. Office to Boost Anti-Trafficking Efforts","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] (Click picture to watch video) Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks: I rise today in support of the Human Trafficking Prioritization Act, H.R. 2283, and commend my friend and colleague Rep. Chris Smith for introducing it. The State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP) does a fantastic job of maintaining U.S. leadership and accountability in the worldwide effort to combat human trafficking. More than 130 countries have created or strengthened their anti-trafficking laws largely due to J/TIP’s work. Among other provisions, this bill raises the status of the J/TIP “office” to that of a “bureau,” preventing countries and other bureaus from gaming the tier ranking system. And it achieves this without additional bureaucracy or cost to the taxpayer. As a member of the Congressional Human Trafficking Task Force working with the congressional leadership, J/TIP, and anti-trafficking groups, I know it is critical to keep this fight from being consumed in a bureaucratic shuffle. I thank Congressman Smith’s leadership and look forward to Senate passage of H.R. 2283. ### Read More

Hultgren Supports Bill Passage to Combat Prescription Drug Diversion and Abuse

2014/07/29

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage of H.R. 4709, the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2014, a bill which will help prevent prescription drug abuse and supply chain diversion. In 2011, the CDC reported 22,810 drug overdoses in the United States were due to pharmaceuticals, of which 16,917 (74 percent) involved opioid painkillers. Further, there is clear evidence linking the increased abuse of prescription drug medications to a rise in the use of heroin. “Prescription drug abuse has claimed the lives of many, and we discussed its well-documented link to heroin use at my Community Leadership Forum on Heroin. Ensuring patients have access to needed medications while ensuring law enforcement is able to provide adequate oversight over the drug supply chain is essential to combating opiate abuse in all its forms,” said Rep. Hultgren. “Making sure addictive opiates are properly monitored will help keep these drugs out of the wrong hands and cut down on abuse. I look forward to the Senate taking action to stem the tide on prescription drug and heroin abuse.” H.R. 4709 allows the Attorney General to more quickly step in when prescription drugs are being too easily abused or there is a risk of them being diverted into the drug market. It amends the Controlled Substances Act to provide a determination by the Attorney General that a registration to manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled substance is "consistent with the public health and safety.” Further, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) would be required to submit a report to Congress identifying the obstacles to legitimate patient access to controlled substances and showing how collaboration among all levels of law enforcement and the pharmaceutical industry can benefit patients and prevent diversion and abuse. Rep. Hultgren has made combating heroin and opioid abuse a priority while in Congress: Convened the March 7, 2014 Community Leadership Forum on Heroin Prevention and submitted the resulting Community Action Plan to Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, which hosted a hearing delving into solutions for prescription drug and heroin abuse. 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. Joined with the Illinois delegation to send a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder to encourage the Department of Justice to mirror successful state drug programs at the federal level. Recognized by the National Association of REALTORS® for his recommendation to them to expand state efforts on the issue of prescription drug abuse in a blog post titled, “Securing Prescription Drugs During Open Houses.” ### 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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Peter Roskam

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John Shimkus

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