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Randall 'Randy' M. Hultgren

Randy Hultgren's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Randall 'Randy' M. Hultgren
Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 14, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 14
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 18, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Christy; 4 Children
Birth Date: 03/01/1966
Birth Place: Park Ridge, IL
Home City: Winfield, IL
Religion: Christian
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Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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  • Randy Hultgren. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Randy Hultgren voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Randy Hultgren voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Randy Hultgren in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. Issue Position: Family Values. 17 November 2011. "I am a cosponsor of House Resolution 3, banning federal funds from being used for abortions [¦] As a state representative, I proposed the Women's Right to Know Act, mandating that prior to getting an abortion, a physician must fully inform a woman of the nature of the abortion and prenatal services available to her." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. Illinois Review: On the Issues: 14th Congressional District “ Randy Hultgren, Part 2. 3 December 2009. "I have consistently been for the protection of life and have fought for that down in Springfield. Recently I've been endorsed by the Illinois Citizens for Life and Illinois Federation for Right to Life here in Illinois. I've been leader of the pro-life caucus both in the House and in the Senate in my service down there. So, I'm committed to life whether it's in the womb or whether it's elderly which is a very real concern that we have now with the idea of rationing health care and if there's determination of viable life at old age as well it concerns me when government starts getting into that. So my commitment is that life is precious and that we need to protect life. So, the only exception that I would have is for the life of the mother otherwise, I am supportive of life and would be opposed to abortion specifically very strongly opposed to any form of public funding." (illinoisreview.typepad.com)
  • Randy Hultgren. Blog: Bill Foster's Vote Betrays the Trust of the 14th District. 21 March 2010. "I am fighting to serve in Congress so that we STOP the special interest buying spree, STOP the government from paying for abortions and STOP the abuse of the taxpayer's money." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Randy Hultgren. Hultgren Statement On President Obama's Afghanistan Remarks. 23 June 2011. "The American people are growing increasingly frustrated and fatigued by our presence in Afghanistan and its human and financial costs [¦] But while I share their frustrations and concerns, I have also seen with my own eyes the progress we are making there. President Obama's precipitous withdrawal -- faster than was advised by our military commanders -- threatens to undermine the progress we have made there. Our withdrawal from Afghanistan should be at a more measured pace, one that solidifies the immense progress we have made over the last two years while assuring that the Afghans are able to shoulder the burdens of defending their country." (votesmart.org)
  • Warner Todd Huston. Prairie State Report: Interview with Randy Hultgren Candidate for 14th Congressional District. 11 January 2010. "It troubles me that we put arbitrary dates out there that you have to be out by a certain date. I think we can give our troops the resources to finish their work there as soon as possible. Again, though, when you throw those arbitrary dates out there I think it just helps our enemies to hold off until those dates. So, I support the troops but I don't support putting out things that can be used against us." (www.publiusforum.com)
  • Randy Hultgren. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Randy Hultgren voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 14: Randy Hultgren. "By sending in additional troops, I believe that we are on the right track to give the Afghan government an opportunity to succeed and become independent. When the Afghan government is able to support itself and secure itself, I believe we will be successful." (www.suntimes.com)
  • Randy Hultgren. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionniare. "A broken, forgotten and Taliban ruled Afghanistan was directly responsible for 9/11. We must not repeat the errors of the past by leaving Afghanistan before our work there is done." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Randy Hultgren. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Randy Hultgren voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. Hultgren Votes to Avoid Government Shutdown. 7 April 2011. "U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today voted to avoid a complete shutdown of the federal government, as he supported legislation that cuts $12 billion from the federal government, while also funding the Department of Defense for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011. The bill, H.R. 1363, passed with a bipartisan majority, 247-181. 'Today's vote was an overdue opportunity to fund the Department of Defense, and our men and women in uniform, for the rest of this year,' said Hultgren." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. Issue Position: Defense/Foreign Affairs. "I know that a strong national defense is vital to the security of the United States, and I will work to ensure that our military has the means and resources to confront the challenges of the 21st century. I am committed to the well being of our men and women in uniform and will make certain they have the necessary resources both to defend our nation and take care of their families." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. ABC News: Randy M. Hultgren, Candidate for Congress (14th District). "As some have pointed out, if the U.S. were to eliminate all discretionary spending all defense spending, all highway repair money, all federal courts and government operations, even the money spent taking care of our returning veterans- the budget would almost be balanced for a single year. What this tells me is that we can take nothing- not even defense or entitlements- off the table when it comes to cuts. It took years to reach this point, and it will take years to balance our budget again, but I believe it can be done." (abclocal.go.com)
  • Randy Hultgren. Facebook: Timeline. 2 August 2012. "I'm all for skipping the August recess in order to stop the impending tax hike and defense cuts. Unfortunately so far, House Republicans have passed the only plan in Washington to do so." (www.facebook.com)
  • Randy Hultgren. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Randy Hultgren voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Hultgren signed the Americans for Tax Reform Taxpayers Protection Pledge. "I pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Illinois and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." (atr.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Randy Hultgren. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. "The American people have resoundingly rejected both the failed philosophy and failed outcomes of the bailout, and the ˜stimulus' package has been a resounding failure at the goal of keeping unemployment below 8%." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Randy Hultgren. Hultgren Responds To President Obama's State Of The Union Address. 26 January 2011. "I applaud the President's call for earmark reform, an issue that the American people clearly spoke out on in November. However, a five-year freeze on non-security discretionary spending coupled with so-called "investments' in other areas ignores the message Americans sent to Washington. They don't want a simple freeze on spending and they don't want stimulus spending; instead, they have asked us to begin the hard work of cutting spending and reducing the size of the federal government. I look forward to working with my colleagues from both parties to achieve these goals." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. Hultgren Statement on September Jobs Report. 7 October 2011. "With this disappointing report the unemployment rate has been at or above 8 percent for 32 straight months, a level that President Obama said unemployment would never reach if the 'stimulus' was approved [¦] Even more discouraging is that only two out of the last 30 months have seen unemployment below 9 percent. This is a clear failure of the Administration's deficit-spending, tax-hiking policies." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. Illinois Review: On the Issues: 14th Congressional Distrtict “ Randy Hultgren. 2 December 2009. "Government never creates jobs; real jobs. They create government jobs, and it's a false hope if we are thinking that putting more government money into things that it is going to stimulate the economy. It doesn't work. It hasn't worked." (illinoisreview.typepad.com)
  • Randy Hultgren. Issue Position: Budget, Economy and Jobs. 1 January 2011. "We know from experience that massive federal spending packages don't work. They can't harness the ingenuity and creativity of the American worker. They merely serve to saddle us and our children with an ever growing burden of debt and act as a drag on the economy." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. Response to August Jobs Report. 1 September 2010. "When Nancy Pelosi and Bill Foster forced the wasteful 'stimulus' package through Congress, we were promised that it would keep unemployment below 8 percent; news that unemployment is rising again has demonstrated the gross exaggeration of those claims. The hundreds of thousands of Americans reentering the workforce is also a reminder that real unemployment is far higher than 9.6 percent." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. Hultgren Statement in Response to President Obama's Refusal to Acknowledge House GOP Jobs Plan. 13 October 2011. "Unlike the President's proposal -- which is far too much of failed "stimulus' recipe of more spending and higher taxes -- we're focused on cutting red tape to unleash the potential of America's private sector, and that's been our focus since Day One." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. Blog: One Year After the Big Spending Bill: "Where are the Jobs". 17 February 2010. "Today is the one year anniversary of passage of the Federal Stimulus package and we have yet to experience either the job growth or job safety promised by Congressman Bill Foster in citing his support of the massive spending bill." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. Hultgren Statement On President Obama's Address To Congress. 8 September 2011. "Unfortunately, despite his premise of bipartisanship, the President's prescriptions for our economy were political and wholly inadequate. Once again he urged more scattershot "stimulus' spending, at a time when we should be husbanding our constituents' hard-earned tax dollars and ensuring that they are spent as wisely as possible. I agree with President Obama that investing in our nation's infrastructure is needed and will create jobs. But we cannot do so blindly. We must ensure that our investments are targeted and timely, and we must work hard to cut red tape and limit the permitting delays that currently plague our investments in infrastructure improvement." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Hultgren. Letter to Representative Hensarling, Senator Murray, and Members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. . 17 November 2011. "Increasing taxes on Americans would destroy jobs, erase all hope of an economic recovery, and simply serve to feed out-of-control spending in Washington. Thus, as you continue the important task to reach a deficit reduction agreement, we ask that any policies the Joint Select Committee prescribes not increase Americans' tax burden. With current levels of taxation already limiting economic growth, we believe that marginal rates must be maintained or lowered and that repeal of any tax credit or deduction be offset with an equal or greater tax cut." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. Illinois Review: On the Issues: 14th Congressional District “ Randy Hultgren. 2 December 2009. "There's many other things that we can do to stimulate the economy. I'd like to see a jobs creation tax credit for small, medium and large size businesses, recognizing that with every job we create there is a benefit that we as a society receive from that." (illinoisreview.typepad.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Randy Hultgren. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. "A strong public education system has been responsible for our success and exceptionalism over the years, and I strongly favor increasing accountability for student outcomes and giving administrators and school districts the ability to reward and increase the incentives for good teachers." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Randy Hultgren. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 14: Randy Hultgren. 17 November 2011. "The president's education agenda continues to reward very few through the Race to the Top competition. I believe that decisions made for our schools should be made at the local level through School Boards and the State, not by bureaucrats in Washington who are not invested in Illinois schools." (www.suntimes.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Hultgren. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Randy Hultgren voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Hultgren. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Randy Hultgren voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Warner Todd Huston. Prairie State Report: Interview With Randy Hultgren Candidate for 14th Congressional District. 11 January 2010. "I'm a 100% supporter of the Second Amendment. I have an "A" rating from the NRA from my service in the State Senate and the House. The Illinois State Rifle Assoc. and the NRA has been consistently supportive of me in my work down in Springfield and I will continue to support the Second Amendment. Some of the best firearms makers in the country are making good jobs and creating great firearms for collectors and sportsmen and for our military, so I want to protect that industry and protect our rights. I am a supporter of the Castle law where you can protect your own home and am against the Chicago gun laws." (www.publiusforum.com)
  • Randy Hultgren. Hultgren Applauds House Passage Of Right To Carry Reciprocity Act. 16 November 2011. "Today's vote is a victory for gun-owning, law-abiding citizens nationwide [¦] The passage of H.R. 822 means that a concealed carry license, like a driver's license, must be recognized by other states. This commonsense bill ensures that a law-abiding citizen's Second Amendment right to self-defense does not stop at their state line, and I was proud to support its passage." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. Issues. "The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution protects an individual's right to bear arms. This is a basic, constitutional right extended to all US citizens and should not be diminished by any elected official's personal agenda." (www.hultgrenforcongress.com)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Randy Hultgren in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. Hultgren, Illinois Representatives, Call On Illinois Legislature To Enact Concealed-Carry Legislation. 30 August 2011. "I was dismayed to learn that Illinois is now the only state in the nation that does not recognize its citizens' Second Amendment right to concealed carry [¦] The Supreme Court has twice affirmed self-defense as a fundamental right in recent years, and it past time that Illinoisans enjoy that right as every other American does. I hope Governor Quinn and the legislature will pass concealed carry legislation in a timely manner so that Illinoisans can enjoy the legal right to protect themselves." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Hultgren. Letter to Governor Quinn, Attorney General Madigan, Speaker Madigan, Representative Cross, Senators Cullerton Radogno. 30 August 2011. "Self defenses is a fundamental right, and the Supreme court has recognized that in two recent rulings. In District of Colombia v Heller (2008) the Supreme Court rules that the Second Amendment guarantees and individuals right to possess a firearm. In McDonald v Chicago (2010), they rules that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self defense in one's home is fully applicable to the states through the Fourteenth Amendment. We agree with the Supreme Court and believe that the citizens of Illinois deserve to have the same protections afforded tot hem as the citizens of the other 49 states." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Hultgren. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Randy Hultgren voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Hultgren. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. "With a secure border and adequate mechanisms to ensure people aren't working here illegally, the estimated 11-12 million immigrants here illegally will naturally start to leave, or return home temporarily to reapply legally." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Randy Hultgren. Illinois Review. On the Issues: 14th Congressional District “ Randy Hultgren, Part 3. 4 December 2009. "I'm opposed to any kind of amnesty push that many are trying to do." (illinoisreview.typepad.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Hultgren. Chicago Sun-Times: U.S. House, Dist. 14: Randy Hultgren. 17 November 2011. "I support traditional marriage." (www.suntimes.com)
  • Randy Hultgren. Issue Position: Family Values. 17 November 2011. "I believe the family represents the foundational core of any community. Strong families tend to make for stable, prosperous communities. Therefore, I support protecting institutions and initiatives that strengthen families and the communities they comprise: [¦] In the U.S. House of Representatives, I have cosponsored House Concurrent Resolution 25, which calls on the Department of Justice to continue to defend the Defense of Marriage Act." (votesmart.org)
  • Tony Scott. Ledger Sentinel: Congressional candidates debate at forum. 21 October 2010. "[The generals] clearly stated that [Don't Ask, Don't Tell is] a policy that should continue...I see too often again that we are trying to use our military as an experiment, and I just think that's so unfortunate." (www.ledgersentinel.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Randy Hultgren in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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  • Randy Hultgren. Chicago Tribune: Editorial Board Questionnaire. "I strongly oppose any change in Social Security benefits." (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • Randy Hultgren. Illinois Review: On the Issues: 14th Congressional District “ Randy Hultgren. 2 December 2009. "I do think that we need to look at those that are younger in the system, so those who are just starting working or middle aged working and Social Security was intended to be that safety net for people who didn't have any other alternative. The best alternative or best hope I think is for individual responsibility [¦] I think we need to have some other private options for people, younger workers, to be able to invest for their retirement." (illinoisreview.typepad.com)
  • Randy Hultgren. Issue Position: Strengthening Retirement Security. "We must keep our commitment to America's greatest generations, and I am absolutely opposed to any privatization of social security." (votesmart.org)
  • Tony Scott. Ledger Sentinel: Congressional candidates exchange barbs Foster hits Hultgren on TARP funds; Hultgren explains Social Security stance. 23 September 2010. "For his part, Hultgren has recently said he is not in favor of privatizing the program. In the interview, Hultgren hints at having private options in the future for Social Security recipients. However, he also said the government needs to "abide by the agreements that we've made to retirees." "We made that commitment to those people who are retired and we need to follow through on that, but for younger people who are already questioning and realizing that Social Security most likely isn't going to be there we need to follow that up with training them to be prepared for retirement," Hultgren said. "To take individual responsibility and to start preparation for that, and I think make some changes in Social Security law for young people to maybe have a higher retirement age. Certainly the life expectancy wasn't nearly as high as it is now as it was when Social Security was instituted back 60-70 years ago, so we need to update that for younger workers who have a higher age level when they would have access to Social Security. I think we need to have some other private options for people, younger workers, to be able to invest for their retirement." (www.ledgersentinel.com)

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