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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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

More on Defense & National Security

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.

Aug 26, 2021 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on the terrorist attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, which resulted in several U.S. service member deaths and injuries:

Aug 20, 2021 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released a statement following a trip to Albania where Afghan refugees were due to arrive for temporary resettlement en route to the United States. Prime Minister Edi Rama reaffirmed his earlier offer for Albania to temporarily admit Afghan refugees seeking U.S. visas. Quigley had planned to greet the refugees upon their arrival to Albania, however, the flights encountered repeated delays.

Quigley’s statement is below:

Aug 16, 2021 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on Afghanistan:

May 27, 2021 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) participated in a hearing held by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security where he questioned Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas about Urban Area Security Initiative Grants (UASI). UASI grants assist high-threat, high-density urban areas, like Chicago, build and sustain the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism. Quigley’s questions focused on the Department of Homeland Security’s goals and vision for the program under the Biden administration.

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