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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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

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 questions FBI Director Comey about Russian collusion during House Intelligence Open Hearing.

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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Jun 29, 2017 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Ranking Member of the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Subcommittee, introduced an amendment to the FSGG Subcommittee appropriations bill to preserve and fund the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), tasked with ensuring our elections are accessible and secure. The amendment failed on a party-line vote, with all Democrats in support and all Republicans in opposition.

Below are Rep. Quigley’s remarks on the amendment, as prepared for delivery.

Apr 18, 2017 In the News

The following article was published on April 18, 2017. A link to the article can be found here.

By Bonnie McGrath 

I really don't know what the Russians did, if anything, to get emails out of the DNC's computer--and Hillary campaign head John Podesta's computer--in order to turn them over to WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange.

Apr 10, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement reiterating his calls for Congress to hold a vote on the authorization of the use of military force (AUMF):
Apr 7, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL), released the following statement on U.S. airstrikes targeting a Syrian government airfield:
Apr 7, 2017 In the News
With a unanimity that's rare these days, Illinois' congressional delegation is applauding President Donald Trump's decision to launch cruise missiles at a Syrian base reportedly used for chemical warfare.

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