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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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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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Nov 4, 2021 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, spoke from the floor of the House of Representatives to discuss the growing threat of authoritarianism in this country and around the world, specifically in relation to the rule of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Oct 29, 2021 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) participated in a hearing held by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform to examine the fossil fuel industry’s coordinated effort to mislead the public and spread disinformation about climate science and the role of fossil fuel companies in driving climate change. 

Oct 22, 2021 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released a statement following the House vote to hold former Trump administration strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with a subpoena from the Select Committee on the January 6 Attack:

Oct 18, 2021 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement on the passing of Former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell.

Sep 24, 2021 Press Release

U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) secured key priorities for Chicago in the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), passed today by the House of Representatives. Critically, the bill included two amendments from Quigley based on his Preventing Future Pandemics Act, which will ensure that future zoonotic epidemics can be stopped before they start.