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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois


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 Instead, we must reform our outdated tax code to make it fairer and more competitive; implement smart reforms to entitlement programs, without unjustly harming beneficiaries; take a long-term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

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.
Dec 28, 2015 Editorials
In any legislation as wide ranging as the recently passed $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, there will always be a need for compromise. I chose to support the omnibus because it will provide much needed federal funding for my constituents in Illinois’ Fifth District, especially in the areas of transportation, public safety, and environmental protections. However, I am extremely disappointed in the so-called “pro-life protections” of the omnibus that some in Congress have touted, including slashing UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, by seven percent, or $2.5 million.
Dec 18, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Quigley released the following statement in support of the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act:
Dec 2, 2015 Speeches
Rep. Mike Quigley urged his colleagues on the House floor to pass a clean omnibus package free of harmful policy riders.