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 Instead, we must reform our outdated tax code to make it fairer and more competitive; implement smart reforms to entitlement programs, without unjustly harming beneficiaries; take a long-term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

May 14, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Illinois’ only member of the House Appropriations Committee, fought to include critical infrastructure investments, transit safety protections, and housing programs in the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) funding bill for 2016.
May 1, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Jared Polis (CO-02) offered an amendment to the FY2016 Energy & Water (E&W) Appropriations Bill that would have saved taxpayers $167 million by maintaining the FY2015 acquisition schedule for the nuclear-armed cruise missile warhead (W80-4).
Apr 30, 2015 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) offered an amendment to the Energy & Water (E&W) Appropriations Bill that would save $167 million from the new nuclear-armed cruise missile warhead (W80-4) and apply the savings toward deficit reduction.
Mar 23, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies (THUD), led a bipartisan letter to the THUD Subcommittee with 10 members of the Illinois House delegation urging full funding for mass transit and passenger rail in next year’s THUD budget.
Feb 4, 2015 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley calls for a 21st century transportation bill.

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