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Randy Hultgren's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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Issue Positions

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  • Voted in favor of H.R.4712 "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act" (
  • "Majorities of Americans--women and men alike--agree that no one should be forced to pay for someone else's abortion. This legislation takes provisions that have had bipartisan support for decades and makes them permanent […] This week, Americans from across the country plan to march in protest of the unjust Roe v. Wade decision which has resulted in more than 55 million of unborn deaths. Defending and protecting the most vulnerable in our society means ensuring no tax dollars go to end their lives." (
  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund (
  • "Science confirms: unborn babies feel pain at 20 weeks. I am proud to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. #TheyFeelPain" (
  • "There are still challenging obstacles to overcome, but loading on more tax burdens is not the solution." (
  • "For too long our complex tax code has confused American individuals and families, nickel-and-dimed small businesses and obstructed job creation and economic growth. It has kept our businesses from growing and adding more workers. This bill provides tax cuts for the middle class, low-income Americans and U.S. businesses of all sizes--from home builders, to contractors, to farmers and small businesses in Illinois." (
  • "Raising the pay of our service members and ensuring our military programs are ready for the 21st century are just a couple of the key provisions of this year's defense authorization legislation. I urge our president to work with Congress on ensuring our military is prepared for the national security challenges ahead." (
  • Chicago Sun Times "I adhere to all applicable laws, rules and regulations governed by the Federal Election Commission and Congressional Ethics and gift rule laws." (
  • Chicago Sun Times "Stop runaway spending in Washington – reduce the federal debt and deficit. Washington doesn't have a revenue problem—it has a spending problem, and both parties are to blame." (
  • "Northeastern Illinois is one of the world's transportation hubs through which billions of dollars and tons of products and people pass through daily en route to every corner of the country and beyond. This gives our region a competitive advantage that requires local, state and federal investment to protect. The 14th District in particular has many regional transportation strengths, from small airports to major interstate highways and a commerce-friendly series of waterways that literally help churn the flow of economic activity from Illinois down through the Mississippi River basin." (
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor for H.R.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" (
  • "The national debt has increased by $4 billion under President Obama's watch, the most rapid increase in the debt under any U.S. president. We must put an end to this borrowing and out-of-control federal spending. American families have to live within their means and I believe the federal government should as well. Once we establish a sensible federal budget, cut spending, and lower taxes, the economy will grow and businesses will feel confident to start hiring again." (
  • "Employers around my district tell me the best stimulus for hiring is to reduce government regulations, cut taxes, simplify the Tax Code, and push for smaller government." (
  • "For too long our complex tax code has confused American individuals and families, nickel-and-dimed small businesses and obstructed job creation and economic growth. It has kept our businesses from growing and adding more workers. This bill provides tax cuts for the middle class, low-income Americans and U.S. businesses of all sizes--from home builders, to contractors, to farmers and small businesses in Illinois." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1 "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (
  • "I have made it a priority to ensure the federal government stops badgering states and local school district into accepting Common Core, which this bill helps prevent. While the final bill does not contain all of the provisions I believe are necessary to give full responsibility back to parents and educators, it is a strong step toward reversing the Department of Education's overreach and preventing future federal transgressions against state and local control of education policy." (
  • Rated 0% by the National Education Association (
  • Voted in favor of HR.5 "Student Success Act" (
  • "In Congress, I will continue encouraging energy solutions that promote good stewardship of the environment, provide Americans with true options and bring jobs back to the United States. Innovation, not regulation, remains the answer for lower emissions. I will continue supporting our national labs like Argonne that are making energy storage a realistic solution for bringing intermittent renewables online in a modern energy system." (
  • "I support a diversified or 'all-of-the-above' energy policy that would create thousands of new American jobs, dramatically reduce our dependence on foreign oil from unfriendly nations and maximize our boundless natural resources in an environmentally-safe way." (
  • Rated 100% by American Energy Alliance (
  • "We are called to be good stewards of the environment, properly using our natural resources for the benefit of humanity and the planet. America has long led the world in developing new, cleaner technologies that protect the environment and help create jobs--regardless of government mandates or country agreements. That tradition of leading in energy innovation and reduction in emissions will continue. This agreement should have required Senate ratification. I look forward to the President continuing to negotiate foreign policy that puts America first and brings treaties before Congress." (
  • Rated 0% by Environment America (
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to 'Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' " (
  • Cosponsored and voted in favor of H.R.38 "Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017" (
  • Rated 92% by the National Rifle Association (
  • "Yet again, the President has resorted to a favorite tactic--political intimidation--to restrict liberty and further his agenda. The current definition of a gun dealer is reasonable and clearly delineates law-abiding Americans who sell guns for their livelihoods, and law-abiding Americans to whom guns are a hobby and a constitutional right. Changing that definition to an arbitrary threshold targets gun owners for increased government intrusion while doing nothing to stop gun violence. Americans shouldn't have to bring their lawyer to a gun show, nor should they fear a knock at the door because they sold or traded legal firearms to their relatives or other gun collectors." (
  • "This bill is not the final product--it is not law. It is simply one solution that offers a way out of the restrictive, costly and unsustainable ACA and moves deliberations to the Senate for consideration." (
  • "The ACA was not repealed today, but this vote begins the process of replacing the law with more affordable and accessible health care solutions for Americans […] I do not believe in simply repealing the ACA and walking away. If repeal is to happen, I will work with my colleagues to replace the law gradually over time with a system that offers Americans more and better choices for health insurance. Any replacement of the law must improve plan choice, provider choice and affordability for people in the 14th District or I won't support it." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.1628 "American Health Care Act of 2017" (
  • Daily Herald "I am open to a physical border if it is necessary to protect American sovereignty […]" (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.5759 "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014" (
  • "Today's legislation works to stop the President's overreach on immigration, which I why I supported it and key amendments to protect children, who are most vulnerable to human traffickers […] The President must not reward and encourage unlawful entry at the expense of those who have patiently waited years in line to lawfully pursue the American Dream and citizenship." (
  • Rated 0% by Americans for Safe Access (
  • Rated 17% by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (
  • "Major powers have reached a framework to check the nuclear ambitions of the Islamic Republic of Iran, but based on what we've seen already, I am concerned this agreement is a setback for American and global security." (
  • "As President Obama publicly weighs military intervention, this past week I joined 150 House colleagues in a bipartisan letter urging him to convene Congress to seek their full consultation and authorization before using military force in Syria." (
  • "ISIL continues to grow in numbers and ferocity, and the Iraqi and Syrian peoples and religious minorities are threatened by its bloody rampage […] I still have concerns about the risks associated with arming rebel groups, but to do nothing allows ISIL to become further entrenched, expand its control and continue its atrocities." (
  • Chicago Sun-Times " We need to act boldly to stop the advance of ISIL without empowering Iran or pulling ourselves into yet another conflict overseas." (

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