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Defense & National Security

As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I am briefed daily about the threats facing our country and what we are doing to stop them. In these trying times, Americans are understandably concerned for their safety, but we must not allow fear to lead to overreaction, bad policy, or unintended consequences.

Instead, I’m working hard to ensure that Congress provides leadership and answers the question: What really keeps Americans safe? Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other programs that actually secure the U.S. against the evolving threats we face today. That’s why I’ve been pushing for a continued bipartisan, bi-cameral independent investigation into the Trump administration’s ties to Russia, pushing for increases in U.S. Homeland Security grant funding for states and localities and helping introduce legislation that prioritizes nuclear non-proliferation & deficit reduction in Defense Appropriations Bills to strengthen Chicago’s ability to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks and major natural disasters. I have also been pushing back against President Trump’s “America First” foreign policy, which sends the wrong signal to the global community that the United States is relinquishing its leadership role in protecting shared values and strengthening diplomacy world-wide.

It is important to remember that every national security challenge is unique. There is no cookie-cutter strategy for deterring and defeating our enemies. But the U.S. has the capabilities and the know-how to defend against these threats. That’s why Congress must stop exploiting public’s fears and work together to keep Americans safe.  


Rep. Quigley believes that American leadership abroad bolsters our national security and creates jobs here at home. He led a discussion with Illinois leaders urging investments in diplomacy and development programs.


Rep. Quigley pushed for increase in U.S. Homeland Security grant funding for states and localities.


Rep. Quigley introduces amendment prioritizing nuclear non-proliferation deficit reduction in Defense Appropriation bill.

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Jan 28, 2021 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10), and Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) led a letter to incoming DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to request that the Biden administration reject the proposed changes by the Trump administration’s FEMA that threaten to divert funding in the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) away from cities that rely on the funds to keep Americans safe. Under the proposed new procedures, there will be no guaranteed minimum allotments for cities like Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles for the first time.

Jul 22, 2020 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement after President Trump announced plans to deploy federal agents to Chicago and other cities around the country:

Jul 22, 2020 Press Release

U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) successfully championed an amendment in the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act to provide service members with masks during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The provision, offered by Representative Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02) and co-led by Quigley, instructs the Secretary of Defense to report to Congress how many masks are required to protect members of the armed forces and how the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to meet that need.

Dec 18, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump based on two articles of impeachment:

“Today, I cast my vote in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump because if Congress did not hold this President accountable for his actions, we would have forsaken our duty, betrayed our oaths of office, and sent the message that some people can avoid justice.

“No one is above the law.

Dec 17, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services & General Government (FSGG), released the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158, the fiscal year 2020 funding packages:

“House Democrats have secured a strong, bipartisan funding agreement that protects our nation and upholds American values.

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