Families are the bedrock of our society. Strong families tend to make for stable, prosperous communities. A secure family strengthens the social fabric of our nation and provides the best economic support for individuals. Therefore, I support protecting institutions and initiatives that strengthen families.
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor striking down portions of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), concerns have been raised that individuals and organizations that promote traditional marriage may be vulnerable. Thus, I have cosponsored H.R. 3133, the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act. Under this act, no individual or institution that defines marriage as between one man and one woman would be denied tax exemption provided under Federal law. It also would prevent the Federal Government from denying any Federal grant, contract, license, certification or similar provisions from individuals or groups based on their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
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.
Marriage is a commitment that requires a lot of work and prayer. As a state senator, I cosponsored a 2008 Illinois law requiring insurance companies to cover treatment from licensed marriage therapists.
Regardless of your position on the issue, no one should be forced to pay for someone else’s abortion. I am a cosponsor of House-passed legislation H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which codifies existing prohibitions, such as the Hyde Amendment, on the use of federal funds to pay for abortions.
I am a cosponsor of the House-passed legislation H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits abortion past unborn children who are 20 weeks or older, the point at which they can experience pain.
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.
As a state senator, I championed a policy that the state's role in parent-child relationships should be minimal with limited governmental interference.
I attend Wheaton Bible Church in West Chicago with my family. While in Washington during the week, I'm also a member of the Values Action Team, a member of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, and regularly attend the weekly Congressional Prayer Breakfast. I was recognized by Family Research Council Action and CitizenLink for unwavering support and defense of life and the family with their “True Blue” award.
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Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) voted with the House to pass H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, a bill he co-sponsored which codifies the patchwork of federal provisions that ensure no taxpayer dollars fund abortions except in cases of rape, incest and when the life of the mother is at stake.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) gave a floor speech last week previewing the March for Life in Washington and recognizingpro-life warriors including Illinois’ own Honorable Henry Hyde and Irene Napier, President Emeritus of Right to Life of McHenry County. This week, Rep. Hultgren hosted students from McHenry County and marched with them today to the Supreme Court to mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today gave voice to Zhu Yufu, a Chinese Christian dissident, at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission’s Defending Freedoms hearing focusing on the plight of prisoners of conscience around the world. Zhu has spent 696 days behind the walls of the overcrowded Zhejiang Prison Number 4 in China for his pro-democracy activities.
Washington, DC– U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) joined the entire Illinois Congressional Delegation in sending a letter to President Obama asking him to issue a major disaster declaration for the State of Illinois and to provide relief to the fifteen Central and Southern Illinois counties affected by severe storms and tornadoes two weeks ago. A Presidential disaster declaration would allow cities and counties to apply for federal reimbursements to help pay for storm damage repairs.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) joined 80 Members of Congress urging Speaker Boehner to incorporate provisions of H.R. 940, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, into a continuing resolution or debt ceiling legislation. The bill would amend the Affordable Care Act to ensure that the federal government cannot force individuals, charities or businesses to buy insurance coverage that includes items or services against which they have deeply held moral or religious objections, such as abortion.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 3 of in the Defense of Marriage Act.
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released the following statement in support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797), scheduled for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives today.
“I was deeply shaken by the horrific accounts of Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s late-term abortion practices. These gruesome acts need to be barred,” said Hultgren. “It is our duty to protect those who cannot protect themselves. I am proud to cosponsor and support this legislation and fight to protect unborn children.”
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released the following statement in support of The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013 (H.R. 1406), scheduled for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives this week.
Washington, D.C - The following was submitted to the Congressional Record on February 12, 2013:
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize National Marriage Week. I am proud to support this campaign to encourage marriage, reduce divorce rates, curtail poverty, and benefit children.
Marriage is a cornerstone of society and the foundation for happy, healthy homes and families. The proven benefits of marriage include economic stability, positive health and social advantages, emotional well-being and happiness, and children that perform better in schools.