Randy Hultgren

Randy Hultgren

ILLINOIS' 14th DISTRICT

New Legislation will Protect Veterans Credit Ratings

2016/06/29

Washington, DC — U.S. Representatives Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14), John K. Delaney (D-MD-6), Jackie Walorski (R-IN-2) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ-9) have introduced legislation to protect the credit rating of veterans and prevent them from unnecessary financial hardship due to delayed payments associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Choice Program. The slow disbursement of Veterans Choice Program payments has meant that potentially thousands of veterans have been adversely affected, having large and inaccurate medical debts wrongly listed in their name while the VA and private providers work through billing. This error can make it more difficult and more expensive for veterans to buy a home or car, rent a place to live or be hired for a new job.

The Protecting Veterans Credit Act (H.R. 5593) creates a one year credit reporting grace period for the resolution of debt from medical services received through the VA’s Veterans Choice Program. The legislation is supported by the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the National Patient Advocate Foundation.

“Enough veterans have faced collateral damage from delays at the VA—their credit score shouldn’t be another casualty of this bureaucracy,” said Congressman Hultgren. “Veterans and their families deserve accurate and timely billing and reimbursements from the VA. They should not be held liable for the VA’s problems. We need quick action on this legislation to ensure our veterans aren’t held responsible for bureaucratic ineptitude.”

“No veteran should have their credit rating hurt because of delayed Veterans Choice Program payments, that’s completely unacceptable to me. In many cases, veterans are already using the Choice Program because they’ve endured a long wait time to be treated. We shouldn’t destroy their finances on top of that,” said Congressman Delaney. “Credit ratings fundamentally impact the cost of major purchases and can alter a family’s financial trajectory. The Protecting Veterans’ Credit Act creates the time needed to protect a veterans financial health while the actual parties responsible for the payments process and pay their medical bills.”

The Problem

  • Enacted in 2014, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Choice Program provides veterans with the ability to receive medical care in a non-VA facility if the VA cannot schedule an appointment within a specified time period or if the veteran lives more than 40 miles from the closest VA medical facility. Unfortunately, there have been issues with the implementation of the program, including delayed Choice Program payments and inappropriately assigned bills to veterans.
  • Because of delays and incorrectly assigned bills, veterans have received adverse actions on their credit reports and inappropriate debt collection efforts.
  • Adverse credit action makes it more difficult and more expensive for a person to get a home mortgage or an auto loan or even to rent an apartment.
  • To address these issues, the VA set up a call center for veterans to contact the VA to resolve debt collection and adverse credit reporting. As of the end of May, the VA handled more than 7,100 inbound telephone calls.
  • While the VA is actively trying to reform the Choice Program, veterans need immediate and retroactive relief from erroneous credit reporting actions and debt collection efforts.  No veteran should have their credit score hurt or be harassed by debt collectors because of a delay in the VA or their private contractor paying the bills.

The Solution

  • The Protecting Veterans’ Credit Act delays medical debt from medical services received through the Choice Program from being reported to credit reporting agencies for one year. This delay provides adequate time for the VA and its contractors to resolve the issues, while retaining a route for resolution of any co-payments or other obligations.
  • The bill provides a mechanism for veterans to easily dispute adverse actions already on their reports. Additionally, the bill requires debt collectors to provide the veteran with written information of their rights and who they can contact to resolve an issue. 

Benefits

  • By instituting a one year grace period, it will allow for the multiple parties involved in the Choice Program time to process the payments, so the veterans receive the care they need, the doctors are fairly compensated, and veterans don’t suffer a credit loss for something that isn’t their fault.
  • Ensures veterans are not unnecessarily pressured into paying bills that they do not owe.

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Become a STEM Scholar!

2016/06/28

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today announced the launch of STEM Scholars, a 14th Congressional District youth leadership program encouraging highly-motivated and energetic high school students to become ambassadors in their communities for the possibilities provided by science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Watch the video below for more information:

Become a STEM Scholar
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“STEM Scholars are STEM ambassadors, and I’m looking for students passionate about STEM and can take it to the next level by advancing these exciting subjects and fields to their schools and communities,” said Rep. Hultgren. “If you’re interested in forming the team that cures cancer, or splitting the next subatomic particle at Fermilab, or building the next Hoover Dam or the better robot, or developing the next math theory that changes how we view the world—I want you! This is your opportunity to work with me and your fellow energetic students to become leaders in science and technology, exchange ideas about how best to promote math in our communities and understand how your education is key to our future and the success of our democracy. I’m accepting applications—so apply now!”

The STEM Scholars program is aimed at creating regular channels of communication between 14th District youth and Congressman Hultgren, including promoting and sharing ideas and presenting solutions to today’s pressing issues, and will include programming specifically designed to expose students to STEM careers and to build STEM leadership qualities and skills. STEM Scholars will grow their leadership skills through presentations, higher-level discussions and on-site visits to some of the 14th District’s premier STEM facilities, from Fermilab National Laboratory to the Challenger Learning Center and beyond.

The inaugural STEM Scholars program runs from September 2016 through April 2017.

The deadline to apply is July 29, 2016. For more information on responsibilities and timeline, and to apply online, please visit Hultgren.house.gov.

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Supreme Court Strikes Law Protecting Women’s Health and Safety

2016/06/27

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released a statement following the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a Texas law designed to protect the health and safety of women at local abortion facilities:

“It is disturbing that big abortion providers like Planned Parenthood have fought hard against higher medical and health standards at abortion facilities. It is sad the Supreme Court sided with them and against women and unborn children,” said Rep. Hultgren. “The life of the mother and child are precious, and both deserve high-quality medical care and access to life-saving treatments in case of botched abortions. We cannot forget the abhorrent conditions of the Philadelphia facility run by Kermit Gosnell who is serving a life sentence for murdering babies after botched, late-term abortions, and for the death of a mother. The fight to protect women and children is not over—life is precious and must be protected at all stages. We need allies in the fight. It is essential we have pro-life leaders at all levels of government to work toward a life-welcoming culture. Together we must stand firm for unborn children and their mothers against the exploitative and profiteering abortion industry.”

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Keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists

2016/06/23

Please click here to read a statement from Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) posted to Facebook. It is also copied below:

 

The debate in the House over keeping guns out of the hands of terrorists comes down to this:

Here’s what we agree on: more thorough background checks, including integrating different terrorist watch lists, to bar potential terrorists from buying guns.

Here’s what we disagree on: who should have the power to deny Americans their constitutional right to purchase a firearm—a bureaucrat or a judge.

Democrats want to vote on an unconstitutional bill that violates due process rights of all American citizens. They know it will get struck down by the Supreme Court. Not to mention, the bill has already failed in the Senate.

Republicans believe all Americans are innocent until proven guilty. Judges—not unelected bureaucrats at the Justice Department—should decide whether there is probable cause to bar suspected terrorists from purchasing a firearm. The burden of proof on denying constitutional rights should lie with the government and go through a judge.

I support the Republican proposal that unfortunately was voted down by Democrats in the Senate. I urge Democrats in both chambers to set petty politics aside and vote for a solution that will pass constitutional muster.

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Celebrating the Life of Ron Bullock

2016/06/22

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) delivered a floor statement in remembrance and celebration of Ron Bullock, a business and community leader in the 14th District.

Celebrating the Life of Ron Bullock
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Rep. Hultgren delivered the following prepared remarks:

I rise today to celebrate the life of Ron Bullock, who passed away on June 8th at age 73.

Ron was an entrepreneur and champion of Illinois and American manufacturing.

Born in 1942 in Dayton, Ohio, Ron graduated from Wright State University with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.

In 1987, he founded Bison Gear and Engineering in St. Charles, Illinois.

Their gear and gear boxes are found in everything from ice machines to massage beds.

He also served as Chairman of the Manufacturing Institute, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, and the IMA’s Education Foundation.

Ron worked personally with me and my staff on legislation to help manufacturers expand and hire more workers.

And he gave back to his community, enlisting his employees through BisonCares to help people in need.

He was a founding member of the Illinois P-20 Council, which is dedicated to providing educational opportunities for students across Illinois.

A husband, a father and a grandfather, Ron led an exemplary career and life, and he will be missed.

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Hultgren: Get Government off the Backs of Small Businesses

2016/06/21

Campton Hills, IL –U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today hosted a forum with small business owners and local residents  to discuss the challenges facing small businesses—including overtaxation, overregulation and a lack of access to capital—and policies and solutions to help them grow. In addition, Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network, gave an overview of his organization’s Bring Small Businesses Back (BSBB) campaign, which is working to address the hurdles facing small businesses and identify solutions to overcome them. The forum, “Fighting for Opportunity: Unleashing the Power of Small Business,” took place the McHenry County College Shah Center.

Rep. Hultgren with Job Creators Network CEO Alfredo Ortiz
(Rep. Hultgren addresses small business owners and local residents)

“Today was another opportunity for me to hear from small business owners in my district what challenges they face and how we can do better by them in Washington. Small businesses are critically important to economic stability and growth in this country, and yet these employers are struggling under the weight of crippling taxes, job-killing regulations and a lack of access to capital. Most importantly, though, we talked about ways we can help bring small businesses back—to give freedom and flexibility to employers, provide opportunities for millions of employees, and get the economy going again,” said Rep Hultgren. “I look forward to working with the Job Creators Network and small businesses across the 14th District to educate and engage their communities and their representatives on these issues, and to develop and promote workable solutions to the challenges they face.”

“Rep. Hultgren’s small business forum and recently introduced tax bill are important steps in identifying the problems facing the nation’s small business job creators and proposing solutions to fix them,” said Alfredo Ortiz, president and CEO of the Job Creators Network. “To get the economy working for everyone again, we need more people like Rep. Hultgren who is committed to bringing small businesses back.”

Rep. Hultgren with Job Creators Network CEO Alfredo Ortiz
(Rep. Hultgren with Job Creators Network CEO Alfredo Ortiz)

To address the challenges of overtaxation, overregulation and a lack of access to capital, Rep. Hultgren:

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Randy Hultgren talks obstacles with McHenry County small business owners

2016/06/21

Northwest Herald

(Credit H. Rick Bamman)

 

McHENRY – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren teamed up with a national pro-business group to talk about the importance of small businesses in McHenry County.

About 40 people from the small business community attended the Tuesday forum at the Shah Center for Corporate Training and the Illinois Small Business Development Center. The forum, “Fighting for Opportunity: Unleashing the Power of Small Business,” aimed to provide tips and solutions on how to help small businesses grow.

Hultgren, R-Plano, co-hosted the forum with CEO Alfredo Ortiz of the Job Creators Network, a national organization that seeks to promote job-friendly legislation by educating business employees about government policy.

Hultgren started off the forum recognizing the challenges small businesses face every day. Some obstacles small business owners in McHenry County are dealing with include high taxes and government regulations, he said. According to a national poll of small business owners provided by the Job Creators Network, 66 percent believe taxes threaten the viability of their businesses. 

Other issues brought up included uncertainty over the future, high property taxes, competition from large corporations and the struggle to hire new employees. High taxes are making it harder for small business owners to be able to afford new workers, Hultgren and Ortiz said.

While Hultgren said he believes the nation needs huge corporations, he stressed the importance of small business, which he called the “true heartbeat of our country.” He introduced a bill on May 27 to lower small businesses’ tax rate for the first $150,000 of income to 10 percent and to 20 percent for their first $1 million of income. The bill also would let small businesses immediately expense all equipment investments.

Shelly Hyland, co-owner of Paul Hyland Salon and Day Spa in Crystal Lake, expressed her support for the proposed bills.

“I thought the bills that they introduced are going to be very helpful on a national level and also on a local level,” Hyland said.

After Hultgren’s speech, Ortiz gave a presentation about his company and how it can help local businesses. The Job Creators Network wants to keep owners of small businesses well-informed and allow them to teach their employees about government policies that have a major impact on their businesses.

Ortiz and Hultgren highly encouraged small business owners to use the informational tools that Job Creators Network provides.

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Hultgren Supports House Action to Strengthen Counterterrorism Efforts

2016/06/17

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today applauded House passage of H.R. 5471, the Countering Terrorist Radicalization Act:

“An attack on any American is an attack on us all. Whenever these attacks happen we rightfully examines ourselves, but also the policies we put in place to protect our nation.

"The Homeland Security Committee has worked hard this year on a number of key pieces of legislation to combat terrorism at home, and I am thankful for their efforts, including this week’s passage of the Countering Terrorist Radicalization Act. This legislation will strengthen lines of communication between law enforcement agencies, combat terrorist organization using social media for propaganda and integrate improved intelligence into the administration’s decision-making process for this evolving threat. 

“As Congress continues examining solutions to stop terror at its source, proposals have also been put forward to keep weapons from getting to known or suspected terrorists already in the homeland. Republicans and Democrats agree that there should be some way to integrate this information into the background check system. Any reasonable proposal, respectful of our constitution, must protect the core building blocks of our rule of law: the presumption of innocence and due process. I am hopeful to see this proposal on the floor for a vote.” 

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Hultgren to FAA: Time to Fix Your Failed Hiring Social Experiment

2016/06/15

Washington, DC – At a congressional hearing reviewing the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) air traffic controller hiring procedures and staffing shortages, U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) urged accountability at the FAA and transparency in their hiring procedures that directly impact air travel safety. He pushed for legislative solutions to ensure highly-qualified military veterans and Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) graduates are treated fairly when applying for a job with the FAA. Rep. Hultgren is a former member of the House Subcommittee on Aviation which hosted the hearing.

Hultgren to FAA: Time to Fix Your Failed Hiring Social Experiment
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See below for Rep. Hultgren’s prepared testimony. Following are excerpts:

“This isn’t just about securing a fair job application process or the status quo. This is about Americans feeling and being safe and secure when flying. This is about transparency and openness from an agency which is accountable to the American people and their representatives.”

“Ensuring we have a sufficient number of air traffic controllers in our towers is paramount to secure air travel. Insufficient air traffic controllers means cutting back travel and hurting our economy….That’s why I was surprised and confused when the FAA’s changed their long-standing hiring procedures without warning in 2014 and launched an unnecessary social science experiment.”

“A six-month investigation…revealed that FAA or aviation-related employees may have assisted in giving potential recruits special access to answers on a key admissions test to help them gain jobs with the FAA. Yet the FAA has refused to respond to audio, video and witness accounts of misconduct. They conducted a self-audit of the allegations and cleared themselves of any wrongdoing. That is no way to run an agency that is responsible for the well-being of thousands of lives every day.”

“We need answers about the alleged cheating…the FAA [admitted] the agency is unable to recover missing and ‘corrupted’ emails at the center of the alleged cheating. Do these emails demonstrate whether or not the FAA knew someone on the inside was helping people cheat?”

So where do we go from here? I introduced H.R. 1964, the Air Traffic Controllers Hiring Act of 2015...I have worked tirelessly with NATCA to instead create a three-pool system of CTI graduates, veterans, and off-the-street hires, which would alleviate this problem and maintain a speedy hiring process.”

Background:

  • The FAA has been under fire following a six month investigation into the agency’s modified hiring practices which Rep. Hultgren has repeatedly argued caused the agency to pass over the most qualified air traffic controller candidates, such as experienced veterans, and have raised concerns of air travel safety.
  • The investigation also uncovered revelations that FAA or aviation-related employees may have assisted in giving potential air traffic controller recruits special access to answers on a key admissions test to help them gain jobs with the FAA, which Rep. Hultgren has called out.
  • Rep. Hultgren was successful in getting his amendment to restrict funding for the FAA to further implement its discredited Biographical Questionnaire (Bio Q), a personality test the agency has used as an obscure gatekeeper for hiring new air traffic controllers, passed out of the House.
  • Rep. Hultgren has urged the House to act on his legislation, H.R. 1964, the Air Traffic Controllers Hiring Act of 2015 (previously known as the SAFE TOWERS Act), to reverse the effects of the FAA’s policies and restore safety and confidence to air travel. Illinois’ 14th Congressional District is home to the most air traffic controllers in Illinois.

 

Subcommittee on Aviation Hearing: A Review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Controller Hiring, Staffing and Training Plans

Remarks of the Honorable Randy Hultgren (IL-14) | June 15, 2016

  • Thank you, Chairman Shuster and Chairman LoBiondo for holding this hearing this morning on air traffic controller hiring and staffing shortages.
  • And thank you for allowing me time for remarks today. This is an issue that I have carefully scrutinized for the last three years and is very important to me, my constituents, and air traffic controllers nationwide.
  • I appreciate your leadership on this issue.
  • I am a former member of this Aviation Subcommittee, and I represent several hundred air traffic controllers in the 14th District—the most in Illinois.
  • I have met with many of them, and many others who aspire to be them, since the FAA made changes to its hiring procedures in 2014.
  • These dedicated students and have put in long hours with our nation's military and reputable and accredited institutions to gain the skills and education to be entrusted with the public's safety bestowed on our air traffic controllers.
  • Some are veterans, gaining valuable experience serving in our nation’s military here and overseas.
  • They believe, as I do in, in putting the safety of air travel and passengers above all else.
  • When you climb into an airliner, you trust the pilot, the crew and air traffic controllers will keep you safe.
  • As a weekly commuter from O’Hare to Reagan National airport and back, I am personally invested in making sure our skies are safe—as are all of you.
  • As we are all aware, we are facing critically low staffing levels of air traffic controllers within our towers.
  • At the Chicago TRACON tower, only 30 percent of trainees at the Chicago TRACON reach full certification.
  • Ensuring we have a sufficient number of air traffic controllers in our towers is paramount to secure air travel. Insufficient air traffic controllers means cutting back travel and hurting our economy.
  • No controllers means no flights.
  • That’s why I was surprised and confused when the FAA’s changed their long-standing hiring procedures without warning in 2014 and launched an unnecessary social science experiment.
  • Students, teachers and administrators of the collegiate training initiative—CTI—were also blindsided by the FAA’s decision and told me of its negative effects.
  • For decades, the CTI training program, established by the FAA itself, was the recognized and trusted pipeline for highly-qualified candidates and military veterans.
  • Yet after spending many hours and dollars in specialized training courses, aspiring air traffic controllers were thrown a curveball with the interim FAA hiring standards.
  • Most disturbingly, I believe air travel safety was put at risk.
  • The new hiring standards jeopardize air travel safety by diverting the hiring process around highly-qualified air traffic controller candidates and veterans in an attempt to elevate “off-the-street” candidates.
  • The FAA’s decision to do this was and remains unclear.
  • What is clear is that throughout this entire process, the FAA has been less than transparent and open.
  • An in-depth six-month investigation into the agency’s modified hiring practices revealed the adverse effects of these modifications, not only aspiring air traffic controllers, but on the legitimacy of the hiring process itself.
  • The investigation also revealed that FAA or aviation-related employees may have assisted in giving potential air traffic controller recruits special access to answers on a key admissions test to help them gain jobs with the FAA.
  • Yet the FAA has refused to respond to audio, video and witness accounts of misconduct. They conducted a self-audit of the allegations and cleared themselves of any wrongdoing.
  • That is no way to run an agency that is responsible for the well-being of thousands of lives every day.
  • In regards to the Biographical Assessment—a new and confusing psychological test—the FAA has repeatedly been opaque and non-responsive.
  • That’s why since 2014 I have called for a congressional hearing on this issue and am grateful for Chairman LoBiondo inviting me here to speak today.
  • We still have more questions than answers.
  • We need answers about the alleged cheating.
  • Administrator Michael Huerta has stated that he tasked two offices within the FAA to conduct thorough investigations of the alleged cheating.
  • Not surprisingly the internal investigations failed to uncover what was demonstrated clearly on audio recordings.
  • Yet, at the same time, the FAA has never publically denied the cheating allegations.
  • So which is it?
  • Further, this past March the FAA filed a motion in Federal Court, admitting that the agency is unable to recover missing and “corrupted” emails at the center of the cheating scandal.
  • Do these emails demonstrate whether or not the FAA knew someone on the inside was helping people cheat?
  • Do they reveal whether or not it was a tactic with a purpose: to ensure targeted populations would pass the test?
  • How is it possible that yet another government entity is missing emails that would expose them to criticism, or worse?
  • When will Administrator Huerta come forward with the results of the investigation?
  • American deserve answers, and they deserve them today.
  • Previous to this hearing, I have asked the Department of Transportation’s IG office to run two additional investigations, an audit, and a full report into the cheating scandal, to be completed this spring.
  • We await the results.
  • Further, we need answers about the discredited Biographical Assessment psychological test.
  • Diversity in the workforce is important. Yet the FAA has refused to explain to Congress the rationale behind their methods to boost diversity.
  • As a part of the 2013 Barrier Analysis the FAA implemented to overhaul ATC hiring, and diversify the applicant pool, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta wrote to my colleague, Senator Ayotte, that “the revised hiring process as reflected significantly increased the representation of women who successfully completed the assessment process and to various extents increased the representation of racial and ethnic minorities.”
  • Yet where are the numbers, where are the qualifications of candidates, where is the transparency on this effort and its results?
  • We can all agree this aim should not come at the expense of a highly qualified candidate pool and air travel safety.
  • Unfortunately, we have all witnessed the results of an improperly administered Biographical Assessment.
  • According to the FAA’s own data in the 2014 February Announcement, of the 1,593 applicants that passed both the BioQ and the AT-SAT, 116 remain in training.
  • Since 2014, we have asked the FAA to respond to simple and clear inquiries.
  • Who wrote the BioQ, and who validated it (if anyone)?
  • How did some candidates fail the biographical questionnaire in 2014, and then pass in 2015?
  • Why were these candidates allowed to sit for the BioQ in an unsecured location, without showing proof of ID?
  • Where is sufficient evidence of the effectiveness of this new testing tool?
  • Psychological assessments are important, especially for high-stress jobs.
  • But disqualifying highly-trained, certified graduates based on an yet-to-be validated and opaque test is ridiculous.
  • As a result of the FAA’s changes, many clearly qualified CTI graduates and military veterans were disqualified by a test they don’t understand and cannot improve upon—even after years of education and experience.
  • Many have now “aged-out” of the process, forever losing their chance to join the ranks of air traffic controllers.
  • Where is the relief for these dedicated individuals?
  • Americans deserve answers.
  • So where do we go from here?
  • This morning, the panel will be discussing potential changes to Air Traffic Controller hiring procedures.
  • I introduced H.R. 1964, the Air Traffic Controllers Hiring Act of 2015, to reverse the effects of the FAA’s policies and restore safety and confidence to air travel.
  • I would like to thank Mr. Rinaldi, on behalf of NATCA, for their support and collaboration throughout the years on my bill, H.R. 1964.
  • I also want to thank Chairman LoBiondo for his cosponsorship of this legislation.
  • My bill restores preferred status for CTI graduations with school recommendations and qualified veterans back into the hiring process.
  • My bill will ensure our towers are again operated by qualified veterans and graduates with specialized aviation degrees, provide relief for those who “aged out” of the process, and make sure the FAA is open and transparent about their hiring procedures.
  • Qualified individuals maintaining practical air traffic control experience obtained at FAA air traffic control facilities and civilian installations of the Department of Defense would also receive preferential consideration.
  • It eliminates the use of a Biographical Assessment that unduly disqualifies applicants.
  • And, in an effort to improve transparency at the FAA, it requires public disclosure of the assessment’s validation and criteria used before implementation.
  • Lastly, it allows candidates who will have aged out from the interim hiring process, or were deemed unqualified by the Biographical Assessment, the chance to reapply.
  • My colleague, Congressman Curbelo, has introduced similar legislation this Congress: H.R. 5292, the Air Traffic Controllers Hiring Improvement Act.
  • I thank Mr. Curbelo for our shared interest in this issue.
  • H.R. 5292 aims to create two separate hiring pools: one consisting of veterans and CTI graduates, another of all interested U.S. citizens.
  • The hires from these two pools may not exceed a 10 percent difference.
  • However, I have concerns that, should the FAA hire from these pools equally, it would disadvantage our CTI graduates and military veterans.
  • For example: out of a total pool of 1,000 applicants, this 1-1 “match” of off-the-street hires against CTI graduates and veterans could eliminate CTI graduates if more than 500 veterans apply.
  • I have worked tirelessly with NATCA to instead create a three-pool system of CTI graduates, veterans, and off-the-street hires, which would alleviate this problem and maintain a speedy hiring process.
  • Based on the 2014 statistics shared by the FAA, only 61.4 percent have completed Academy training.
  • As of November 18, 2014, approximately 45 students were already removed from Academy classes due to failed background checks. This led to instructors being laid off, and a waste of taxpayer funds.
  • The FAA claims that the Biographical Assessment screening saves $7 million and shortens the hiring cycle.
  • Yet how much did taxpayers spend on those who failed out of the Academy? How many failed their background checks? How many were found to be non-proficient in English following the removal of the interview panel?
  • What about the thousands of dollars students committed to paying their CTI education, which puts them in no better position to get a job than those without it?
  • Are these changes really about hiring the most qualified controllers, or just trying to get large quantities of individuals through the hiring process?
  • GAO reports this February that the cost per student at the Academy in Oklahoma City costs $40,000. At 350 failures to date, this amounts to $17 million, not to mention the $290,000 in AT-SAT testing fees.
  • I welcome continued conversations with NATCA and understand the politics and rationale of their two-pool approach.
  • This isn’t just about securing a fair job application process or the status quo.
  • This is about the fundamental desire for Americans to feel safe and secure, and be safe and secure, when flying.
  • This is about transparency and openness from an agency which is ultimately beholden to the people and their representatives.
  • I am grateful for all of your attention and work on this issue, and look forward to reaching a solution that provides fairness, safety and security for all.
  • Thank you.
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On June 14th, the 14th District Celebrates Our “Father of Flag Day”

2016/06/14

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today delivered a floor statement in celebration of the life’s work of Dr. Bernard Cigrand of Batavia, Illinois to create a National Flag Day. This year marks 100 years of national observance.


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Rep. Hultgren delivered the following prepared remarks:

I rise today to honor the “Father of Flag Day,” Illinois’ Dr. Bernard Cigrand, on its 100th anniversary.

An immigrant and a teacher, Dr. Cigrand believed his students needed a symbol to instill a sense of national identity.

He first celebrated our flag’s birthday with his students on June 14th, 1885—108 years after its official adoption by Congress.

Thus began his life’s work to create a National Flag Day.

He wrote articles for magazines and newspapers. He gave lectures and wrote a book on the flag’s importance.

Soon, schools caught on—more than 100,000 children participated in an Illinois celebration in 1894.

Eventually Dr. Cigrand moved to Batavia, Illinois, opened a dental practice, and remained passionate in his efforts.

Finally in 1916, President Wilson called for a nation-wide observance.

Seventeen years after Dr. Cigrand’s 1932 passing, President Truman signed a law cementing June 14th as National Flag Day.

This 14th of June, the 14th District of Illinois celebrates Dr. Cigrand’s dedication to our nation’s symbol which gives hope and moves hearts throughout the world.

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Contact Information

332 Cannon HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-2976
Fax 202-225-0697
hultgren.house.gov

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

Robert Dold

ILLINOIS' 10th DISTRICT

Mike Bost

ILLINOIS' 12th DISTRICT

Rodney L. Davis

ILLINOIS' 13th DISTRICT

John Shimkus

ILLINOIS' 15th DISTRICT

Adam Kinzinger

ILLINOIS' 16th DISTRICT

Darin LaHood

ILLINOIS' 18th DISTRICT

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