Science and Technology
Science is at the heart of American innovation. From the pre-Revolutionary War era to today, American scientists have spearheaded many of the world's most impactful technological marvels, producing life-saving, job-creating advances that have deepened human understanding and improved our quality of life in countless ways.
As a member of the influential Science, Space and Technology Committee, I am leading the fight to hold the Obama Administration's feet to the fire when it comes to their misplaced priorities in the field of science, decisions that are costing American jobs and limiting our ability to remain a global leader in groundbreaking scientific research and discovery. Under White House policy, money is being diverted away from fundamental research to pay for subsidies to the alternative energy industry. This must end.
As a co-founder and leading member of the Science and National Labs Caucus, I am active in advancing the role that science plays in unlocking the potential for economic growth and job creation here at home in Illinois and across the United States. The 14th Congressional District is home to Fermilab, one of our 19 outstanding national laboratories and a global leader in basic scientific research. Fermilab houses hundreds of scientists from around the globe and is on the forefront of high energy physics, particle beam acceleration and technology transfer.
In Congress, I will continue to be a strong and effective advocate for our National Labs as well as STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for all students for they are our next generation of leaders in American innovation. Together with my colleagues Representatives Lipinski (D-IL), Davis (D-CA) and Hanna (R-NY), I am proud to co-chair the bipartisan STEM Education Caucus to champion these essential skills.
The Science, Space and Technology Committee has important oversight responsibilities of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Office of Science. Through hearings, audits, and reports we are waging the fight for America’s continued investment in basic research and its contributions to healthcare, energy, manufacturing, and other job-producing benefits.
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Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14), along with Reps. Rush Holt (NJ-12) and Bill Foster (IL-11) led a large bipartisan effort by Members of Congress to call for robust and sustained funding for the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, which among other things funds our national labs, including Fermi National Lab in Batavia and Argonne National Lab in Lemont. Rep. Hultgren is co-founder and co-chair of the House Science and National Labs Caucus.
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Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14), at a House Science, Space and Technology hearing on President Obama’s budget priorities, pressed the Director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Dr. John Holdren, on the coercion by the Administration to force states into adopting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in education.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) issued the following statement today regarding the release of EPA’s draft proposal defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - An Illinois congressman wants to extend a measure that currently prevents state and local governments from taxing Internet services.
U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren is a sponsor of the proposal. The Republican from Winfield says adding a tax would be harmful to economic growth and hinder Internet innovations. He says the Internet has become an essential tool for education, jobs and running businesses.
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has co-sponsored H.R. 3086, the “Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act,” a bill that would permanently extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act, preventing state and local governments from taxing internet services.
DeKALB – Northern Illinois University is going to be part of a $320 million digital manufacturing lab that President Barack Obama announced Tuesday.
Obama, speaking at the White House, described a first-of-its-kind manufacturing hub that could transform American manufacturing through collaboration among industry, academic and governmental leaders, according to a Northern Illinois University news release. Being part of that partnership puts NIU on a national stage, said Promod Vohra, dean of NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.
Science is serious stuff, but sometimes it sounds a little weird. That makes research easy to ridicule, especially when taxpayer dollars fund it. But is the criticism justified? We don’t think so. Quirky-sounding science often produces extraordinary results, and it is in our nation’s interest to support it.
GENEVA – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, has announced two separate contests for high school students.
The first is the 2014 Congressional Art Competition for high school students from the 14th District of Illinois. The winner's artwork will hang in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year.
"The 14th District is filled with talented young artists," Hultgren said. "Every year, I am impressed by each entry and enjoy highlighting the work of our district’s artistic high school students to visiting constituents touring the Capitol.”
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) has announced the start of the first-ever Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the “House Student App Challenge,” also known as the “House App Contest,” for high school students from the 14th District of Illinois.
American consumers are increasingly shopping online and expect their personal and financial data to be reasonably protected from hackers and indentity thieves.
When security breaches occur, like that of the data of now 70 million Target shoppers, customers must be notified immediately in order to avert indentity theft. That is the law.