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 Instead, we must reform our outdated tax code to make it fairer and more competitive; implement smart reforms to entitlement programs, without unjustly harming beneficiaries; take a long-term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

Aug 27, 2015 In the News
Quigley’s “Reinventing Cook County” highlights more than 40 potential efficiencies, including consolidating departments, tapping new revenue streams, eliminating programs, transferring services and cutting expenses.
Aug 22, 2015 In the News
Rep. Quigley spoke with WXRT's Mary Dixon on his fall legislative agenda.
Jun 12, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), released the following statement in response to the passage of the fiscal year 2016 Department of Defense appropriations bill (H.R. 2685).
Jun 10, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD), released the following statement in response to the passage of the fiscal year 2016 THUD appropriations bill (H.R. 2577).
May 15, 2015 Press Release
The House passed two amendments offered by U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) to highlight the costs of our wasteful nuclear weapons programs in the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes spending on defense programs.

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