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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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

More on Defense & National Security

Jan 4, 2019 Press Release
HR 1, For the People Act, a historic reform package to restore the promise of our democracy and end the culture of corruption in Washington includes two pieces of legislation introduced by Rep. Quigley (IL-05) during the 115th Congress: the Prevent Election Hacking Act of 2018 and the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA) of 2017.
Jan 4, 2019 In the News
House Democrats put forth election security legislation with a provision similar to a bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Quigley last Congress.
Jan 2, 2019 In the News
Rep. Quigley said, "If you're worried about security, the vast majority of those attempting to cross the border want to be apprehended because they're seeking a status here in the United States. They're not trying to sneak across."
Dec 13, 2018 In the News
Rep. Quigley joins MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” to emphasize the importance of responding to Russia and Saudi Arabia’s attacks on our country’s moral standing and values, and offers his thoughts on having Michael Cohen speak before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Dec 11, 2018 In the News
"These are extraordinary statements. But I was a criminal defense attorney for 10 years. I know that you don't stop an investigation halfway through because you think you have enough. You want to find out everything because you want to protect the American public," Quigley added.

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