Defense and Foreign Affairs
A strong national defense is vital to the security of the United States. I am working to ensure that our military is well-equipped 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.
I believe that in order for the U.S. to maintain its position in the world as a military and economic powerhouse we must have foreign policies premised on respect for the rule of law, religious freedom and individual liberty. We must continue to forge relationships built on trust, common goals and understanding with nations across the globe. Our country must continue to keep markets open and open new markets overseas for American manufacturers and innovators, while also being mindful of the positive and sometimes negatives impact on local communities. I strongly believe we must preserve the safety and security of Israel as a cornerstone toward peace in the Middle East.
I supported H.R. 1960, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 14 because national defense is a core responsibility of government. Proper funding of our military is vital to the security of the country. One of the most important functions of the NDAA is to ensure that our servicemen and women and their families are taken care of at home and abroad. The well-being of our men and women in uniform should always be our first concern. The FY14 NDAA provides a pay increase to all active duty service members and ensures that health care benefits are protected without increasing fees. Additionally, the FY 14 NDAA takes meaningful steps to address sexual assault in our military and confronts the security challenges we are facing in Afghanistan and Syria. Learn more about my support for our veterans and their families.
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Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today voted with the House to pass H.J. Res. 91, the Honoring the Families of Fallen Soldiers Act, to continue providing survivor benefits and funeral and other expenses for fallen soldiers and their families during the partial government shutdown. The House also passed H.J. Res. 90, the Flight Safety Act, to maintain necessary funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). These are the latest bipartisan bills passed through the House to provide funding and reopen the government.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today voted to avoid a government shutdown, delay the Affordable Care Act and its burdensome tax on medical devices, and keep paying the troops if the Senate chooses to shut down the government.
“We have heard loud and clear that Americans want to keep the government open and push the pause button on Obamacare. Our votes carried out their will.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released a statement following news that the United States and Russia have reached a tentative agreement to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons:
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released a statement following the speech by President Obama on Syrian intervention.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today attended a classified briefing for Members of Congress where the administration presented its evidence that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons against its citizens. He released the following statement regarding proposed military action in Syria:
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) this week, along with 115 Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, signed a letter urging President Obama to follow the Constitution and convene Congress to seek their authorization before using military force in Syria.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) issued a joint statement honoring the life and sacrifice of Captain Brandon Cyr of the United States Air Force. Captain Cyr was killed in the Zabul province of Afghanistan when the MC-12 Liberty aircraft he was traveling in crashed on April 27, 2013. He was a former Oswego, Illinois resident and member of the 906th Air Refueling Squadron within the 375th Air Mobility Wing.
WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) todayreleased the following statement on recent events in Israel:
“No population should have to suffer the constant fear of having your home and your family threatened, but that is the situation millions of Israelis find themselves in today. Hamas and other militant groups are firing rockets at innocent civilians, and the world is shocked and saddened by the human cost of their actions.
WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement regarding the attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya:
“Today I join President Obama, Governor Romney, and all Americans in condemning this violence. It is tragic that this crime was apparently carried out in the name of religion.
“In the days ahead, I hope America will respond with discernment and swift justice for those who have killed our own. Today, we will mourn with the four American families who have lost their loved ones.”
WASHINGTON, D.C.- U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today has learned that the counties of Lee and Whiteside have received agricultural disaster designations and farmers in these areas will be eligible for federal assistance.
As a result, benefits will also be available for the contiguous counties of Bureau, DeKalb, Henry and Kendall.Today’s announcement leaves Cook, DuPage, Kane and Will as the only Illinois counties not yet designated a primary or contiguous disaster area.