U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Dist. 14) applauded House passage on Tuesday of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)Reauthorization Act of 2015.
USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.
The legislation reauthorizes the commission until 2019.
Hultgren, executive committee member of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, praised the bill.
"One of the best ways to expose attacks on religious freedom is meticulous chronicling of such abuses and then proclaiming them loud and clear to a watching world," Hultgren said. "The importance of USCIRF’s mission of monitoring, recording and publishing attacks on religious belief — or any belief at all — cannot be overestimated. An attack on the religious belief of one is an attack on all of us. USCIRF is a unique, independent voice calling the world to pay attention and act, especially when this freedom can take a backseat in foreign affairs."
Born and raised in Illinois, and having spent more than 15 years serving Illinois and its citizens at multiple levels of government, Hultgren's 14th Congressional District covers seven suburban counties: McHenry, Lake, Kendall, Kane, DuPage, DeKalb and Will.