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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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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Oct 4, 2019 Press Release

Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-05) visited City Clerk of Chicago Anna Valencia's City Hall office this week to receive his CityKey card, a city government-issued ID that also functions as a Chicago library card, Ventra card, and discount card for participating organizations and businesses in the Chicago area. The CityKey program was started in 2017 to provide undocumented and homeless Chicagoans a government-issued ID when they are unable to access other forms of identification.

Aug 30, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as a member of the Congressional Caucus on Poland, introduced legislation to include Poland in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

Jul 19, 2019 Editorials

The U.S. democratic process is under attack.

Jul 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement after the House passed the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act:

“Today, the House passed a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that invests in a strong, smart national security, cuts unnecessary spending where needed, maintains a tough stance on Russia, and prioritizes continued collaboration with our allies.

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