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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 Instead, we must reform our outdated tax code to make it fairer and more competitive; implement smart reforms to entitlement programs, without unjustly harming beneficiaries; take a long-term look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. 

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

Rep. Mike Quigley was critical of the Republican 2017 Budget Resolution.

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

Rep. Quigley was spoke out against Trump's FY18 budget propsal on CNN, saying it offered no compromises to move the nation forward. 

More on Budget

Jun 16, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, offered an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill that reprioritizes funding that will be used to develop the nuclear capable Long Range Standoff weapon and instead use that funding to reduce the United States’ unsustainable debt and deficits. Rep. Quigley’s remarks on the House Floor during debate of his amendment are available here. The amendment was defeated on a vote of 159-261.
Jun 9, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement in support of bipartisan H.R. 5278, Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA):
Apr 20, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley and Rep. Earl Blumenauer hosted a briefing about the current state of U.S. nuclear weapons policy and the need to reprioritize nuclear weapons funding via careful planning and preparation that reflects the current security and budgetary environments.
Feb 11, 2016 In the News
Yesterday Congressman Mike Quigley, Democrat of Chicago, along with our Senior Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and Congresswoman Robin Kelly flew with the President on Air Force One from Washington to Springfield to listen to the President to talk about the polarization of American politics in 2016, bipartisanship, maybe some reconciliation.
Feb 9, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, released a statement in response to President Obama’s proposed budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

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