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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Budget

I believe that growing the economy will require getting our unsustainable debt and deficit problem under control. However, deficit reduction has to be done in a sustainable and responsible way, which is why I oppose severe, across-the-board cuts through sequestration. Instead, we must reform our outdated tax code to make it fairer and more competitive; implement smart reforms to entitlement programs, without unjustly harming beneficiaries; take a long-term look at our defense spending; and target government waste, fraud and abuse.

The only thing the President’s supposed “America First” budget will do is put hardworking American families last. Devastating cuts to infrastructure spending, jobs training programs, investments in research and development, and much more, will undo all the undeniable progress made over the last eight years and threaten the economic security of the most vulnerable people in our society. Instead of wasting time on a reckless and short-sighted budget, Congress must work on a new proposal that makes the smart investments necessary to strengthen our competitiveness and keep our communities secure.

During my time in Congress, I’ve introduced legislation to close egregious tax loopholesreduce tens of millions in wasteful defense spendingprovide taxpayers with new tools to track how their money is being spent by the federal government; and improve the federal budget process.

Congress also needs to end the irresponsible practice of crisis-to-crisis governing and begin passing long-term budgets so that federal agencies and businesses have reliable and predictable funding. This allows them to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible, and plan out years in advance as opposed to only a few months on a temporary budget. If agencies are unsure that funding will be available in the future, they will freeze hiring and training, shorten terms for grants and contracts, and delay the start of new projects. We must find a way to put partisan politics aside, so we can get back to passing long-term budgets under regular order.

At the end of 2017, Republicans in Congress forced through a wildly unpopular, deficit-increasing tax bill that will harm the hardworking people of Illinois. While I am in support of comprehensive tax reform that is simple, equitable, and supportive of middle-class families, this bill is none of those things. I will never back legislation that gives massive benefits to the wealthy and corporations at the expense of seniors, small businesses, and homeowners.


Rep. Quigley voted in opposition to the Republican tax bill that was crafted behind closed doors and put the top 1% before middle-class families. 


Rep. Quigley strongly opposed Trump’s “America First” budget proposal for putting hardworking American families last.


Rep. Quigley wrote about continuing the American dream for generations to come through smart economic practices in an op-ed published by The Hill.

More on Budget

Jun 24, 2009 Press Release
Washington, DC - Today, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) will proudly join his House colleagues in voting to pass several key measures for our veterans, including bills to ensure advance funding for veterans programs and expand health care services for women, especially those have served bravely in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jun 19, 2009 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) today announced an unprecedented level of federal funding for the restoration and protection of the Great Lakes.
Jun 18, 2009 Press Release
This afternoon, Congressman Mike Quigley heeded the Presidents call for Congress to balance spending with equal savings and revive the "pay-as-you-go" rules (PAYGO) by co-sponsoring the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go-Act of 2009.
Jun 11, 2009 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) echoed President Barack Obamas call for Congress to balance spending with equal savings and revive and make law the "pay-as-you-go" rules (PAYGO).
May 20, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Mike Quigley submitted his list of high priority projects (HPP's) to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. These requests, part of the reauthorization of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act, will help provide much needed transportation funding to the 5th District.

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