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Congressman Randy Hultgren

Representing the 14th District of ILLINOIS

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.

More on Defense and Foreign Affairs

Jul 29, 2014
Press Release

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.

Jul 11, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released the following statement applauding unanimous House passage today of H.Res. 657, a bipartisan resolution expressing our country’s support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization:

Jul 10, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) on the House floor today paid tribute to Raoul Wallenberg of Sweden who was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal for saving 100,000 Jews during World War II. Rep. Hultgren founded and chairs the Congressional Friends of Sweden Caucus.

Jul 8, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported passage of H. R. 4653, a bill which reauthorizes the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), an independent, bipartisan federal commission dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.

Jun 20, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported the Committee on Financial Services’ passage of H.R. 4871, the TRIA Reform Act of 2014, whose reforms will continue to protect Main Street American businesses from terror, and the American taxpayer from undue exposure.