Representative Randy Hultgren's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 14, Republican
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Randy Hultgren has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

What is the Political Courage Test?

This candidate has demonstrated 0% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • "I am a cosponsor of House Resolution 3, banning federal funds from being used for abortions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/651681/issue-position-famiy-values/#.VYLvdHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by National Right to Life Committee http://votesmart.org/interest-group/252/rating/7227 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am pro-life and believe we should defend the sanctity of life from conception to its natural end." https://hultgren.house.gov/issues/family-values (hultgren.house.gov)

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  • "Most people have heard a number of proposals floated around such as the Fair Tax or Flat Tax or others. Frankly, I would support any proposal that satisfies three basic rules: 1. Simpler Rules 2. Faster Filing 3. Lower Rates" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/515506/issue-position-tax-reform#.VYLxWnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Signed pledge stating "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." http://s3.amazonaws.com/atrfiles/files/files/120111-federalpledgesigners.pdf (s3.amazonaws.com)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/588660/hultgren-responds-to-president-obamas-state-of-the-union-address/?search=stimulus (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/588660/hultgren-responds-to-president-obamas-state-of-the-union-address/?search=stimulus (votesmart.org)

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  • Cosponsored and Voted for H.R.1105, "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54353#.V3LpOXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "My top priorities for Congress -- policies that will immediately free up private capital to create jobs -- are: * Reduce the tax burden on families, businesses and individuals" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/522298/issue-position-1-priority-jobs-and-economic-recovery#.VYL1hnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Most people have heard a number of proposals floated around such as the Fair Tax or Flat Tax or others. Frankly, I would support any proposal that satisfies three basic rules: 1. Simpler Rules 2. Faster Filing 3. Lower Rates" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/515506/issue-position-tax-reform#.VYLxWnUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "States and local school boards, working closely with parents, should shape and lead education policy. The Common Core State Standards threaten local control over education, placing it in the hands of unelected bureaucrats and think tanks. We must do all we can to fight against a federal one-size-fits-all approach to education." http://hultgren.house.gov/issues/education (hultgren.house.gov)
  • "I believe that state and local authorities should have a more prominent role in education than the federal government. However, parents and families occupy the most important position. Without support at home, efforts in the classroom will never yield maximum results." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663075/issue-position-education#.VZK4A3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor of S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50944#.VXtfrHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • An all-of-the-above approach to gaining energy independence is served well by the approval of the Keystone Pipeline. It is now time to take politics out of this and move forward with approval." http://hultgren.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/hultgren-supports-keystone-pipeline-approval (hultgren.house.gov)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support a comprehensive strategy that includes increasing domestic energy production both on and off-shore. I also favor market-based energy reform initiatives to expand carbon-free nuclear power and alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar power, both of which currently create jobs right here in Illinois." http://hultgren.house.gov/issues/energy-and-environment (hultgren.house.gov)
  • "I also favor energy reform initiatives to expand carbon-free nuclear power and alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar power, both of which currently create jobs in our 14th Congressional District." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/663076/issue-position-energy#.VZK5t3UVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "By improving the investment climate for new technologies and production of cleaner energy, we can innovate our way to a cleaner future." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/515509/issue-position-energy-environment#.VZK5t3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R. 910 "Energy Tax Prevention Act" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/34389 (votesmart.org)
  • "Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported House passage of H.R. 1030, the Secret Science Reform Act, a bill he originally cosponsored which prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator from creating new regulations unless all scientific and technical information relied upon is made sufficiently available for analysis. EPA has failed to release the science behind numerous EPA regulations to both outside researchers and Congress." http://hultgren.house.gov/newsroom/press-releases/hultgren-supports-passage-of-legislation-forcing-epa-to-reveal-the-science (hultgren.house.gov)
  • "Irresponsible policies like Cap and Trade will only serve to drive economic productivity overseas to countries like China, which will not only harm America's competitive edge, it will also actually result in more global pollution because of the complete lack of environmental responsibility in these countries." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/515509/issue-position-energy-environment#.VZK5t3UVhHw (votesmart.org)

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  • "The passage of H.R. 822 means that a concealed carry license, like a driver's license, must be recognized by other states." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/651746/hultgren-applauds-house-passage-of-right-to-carry-reciprocity-act/#.VYL-hXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 92% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18199/randy-hultgren/37#.VYL9fXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Voted in favor H.R. 2 "Repealing the Health Care Bill" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/33026#.VZK9mnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • "I have consistently supported efforts to replace Obamacare with health care policies that maintain quality, control costs, and preserve what people like about their coverage." http://hultgren.house.gov/issues/health-care (hultgren.house.gov)

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" http://votesmart.org/bill/votes/50625 (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com/editorial/randall-hultgren/ (general2010.elections.chicagotribune.com)
  • "I'm opposed to any kind of amnesty push that many are trying to do." http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2009/12/on-the-issues-14th-congressional-district-randy-hultgren-part-3.html (illinoisreview.typepad.com)

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  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/651681/issue-position-famiy-values/#.VYLvdHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Government should not be legislating on the sanctity of marriage. Unfortunately, when government begins to alter the tenets upon which traditional marriage is based, I believe it becomes necessary to prevent the erosion of such values. Thus, I am a cosponsor of H. J. Res. 51, a resolution proposing a Constitutional amendment that defines marriage in the United States as consisting only of the union between a man and a woman." http://hultgren.house.gov/issues/family-values (hultgren.house.gov)
  • Rated 0% by Human Rights Campaign http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18199/randy-hultgren/76#.V3Lpp3VTQfIk5nUViko (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support a Syrian no-fly zone or the U.S. enforcement of Syrian humanitarian safe zones? Why or why not? "I would certainly consider enforcement of a no-fly zone or humanitarian safe zone in Syria. It is critical that humanitarian assistance reach Syrian civilians and non-combatants that are bearing the brunt of the civil war there." http://www.suntimescandidates.com/hultgren--randy.html (www.suntimescandidates.com)
  • "We need our allies to come together to deal with the threat. Until then, our Commander-in-Chief and our generals have developed this plan as the best course of action without involving our ground troops in another conflict overseas, and I support their decision." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/931598/hultgren-votes-to-counter-isil-with-military-training-in-funding-bill/?search=Syria#.V3LqK3VTQfI (votesmart.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I think we need to have some other private options for people, younger workers, to be able to invest for their retirement." http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2009/12/on-the-issues-14th-congressional-district-randy-hultgren-part-2.html (illinoisreview.typepad.com)
  • Rated 4% by Alliance for Retired Americans http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/18199/randy-hultgren/53#.V3LqtnVTQfI (votesmart.org)

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