Government Accountability and Transparency
The U.S Constitution grants the federal government specific and enumerated powers, and separates the three branches—legislative, executive and judicial—to provide a check on one another. Congress and the House specifically have a unique role in overseeing the executive branch.
With revelations that the president and his administration have continued to expand their reach into the daily lives of Americans, the House has a wide variety of channels and powers available to check the power of the executive branch. These include: formal congressional committee hearings and subpoena authority to scrutinize executive spending or activities; Member contacts with executive officials; committee studies to support agency reviews; casework conducted by Member offices; and studies prepared by non-congressional entities such as inspectors general.
As your representative in Congress, it is my job to hold the White House accountable and promote an effective, efficient government that works for you. I will continue to work hard to expose the harmful actions of the federal government, and ensure it is held accountable for them.
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Washington, DC — Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has reintroduced the Protecting Veterans Credit Act, bipartisan legislation to ensure that veterans’ credit scores and credit reports are not adversely affected by delayed medical payments associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Choice Program and other VA Community Care programs. The lead cosponsors are Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6), Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9) and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-2). In total, the bill has 20 cosponsors.
Americans across the board agree the country benefits from a transparent and accountable federal government. They also agree with the Founders that a system of checks-and-balances is one of the best bulwarks against unaccountable government.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) released a statement following the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel:
Washington, DC — U.S. Representatives Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and Andy Barr (KY-06) have reintroduced legislation to protect against the misuse of consumers’ sensitive financial information. The federal government is already making sensitive mortgage information available online and has plans to more than double the information that is published—putting even more personal information at risk of abuse.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today applauded House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling’s (R-TX) alternative to the failed Dodd-Frank Act, the Financial CHOICE (Creating Hope and Opportunity for Investors, Consumers and Entrepreneurs) Act.