Considered one of the most influential committees in Congress, the House Appropriations Committee is responsible for setting and approving the federal government’s annual spending levels for nearly all federal programs. As such, I take my role as a senior member of the committee and one of its twelve subcommittee chairmen with the utmost seriousness, fighting to ensure that funds are allocated effectively and responsibly. As an appropriator, I work to make sure Illinois and the Chicagoland area receive the funding they need to bolster the local economy and spur job creation.
Currently, I serve as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) and Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development (THUD). In my capacity as Chairman of the FSGG Subcommittee, I lead my colleagues in the development of the budget controlling the spending levels for many critical federal agencies, offices ,and departments, including the Department of the Treasury, the Office of Management and Budget, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Election Commission, among many others. In total, funding for these agencies comprises more than $20 billion of the federal budget, and ensures that our financial, communications, and election security systems are secure.
Rep. Quigley is a strong supporter of federal funding for energy-efficient housing. He toured affordable housing buildings that have embraced energy-efficient upgrades.
As Vice-Chair of the THUD Subcommittee, I’ve been proud to secure billions in federal funding for Chicago transportation and urban housing priorities. This includes funding through Core Capacity grants utilized by the Chicago Transit Authority, funds for commuter railroads to complete the installment of Positive Train Control safety technology, and crucial housing and community development projects through the SHOP, HOME, and Community Development Block Grant programs.
Recent appropriations bills have also included numerous measures that Senator Dick Durbin and I have called for to help protect children in affordable housing from lead poisoning. I have also fought for Urban Area Security Initiative program, which help local law enforcement harden vulnerable public places against potential attack.
Securing robust federal funding through the appropriations process is critical for safety and economic growth of the 5th District, Chicago, and Illinois. As your representative, I will continue to be a strong advocate for critical investments that continue to position Chicago as a 21st century city.
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