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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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

Oct 24, 2017 Press Release
Representative Mike Quigley, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, spoke with CNN’s Kate Bolduan on the Niger ambush and President Trump’s response.
Oct 6, 2017 In the News
“I think we all should anticipate and understand and assume that the threats are national and that they will go after our largest cities and our softest targets,” he said. “Chicago is obviously a target. We have many soft targets.”
Sep 20, 2017 In the News
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Il., stopped by WGN Morning News Wednesday to respond to President Donald Trump's address to the United Nations. Quigley says he disagrees with Trump's call to be tougher on North Korea.
Aug 21, 2017 In the News
Rep. Quigley joined Politics Tonight to discuss the war in Afghanistan, tax reform, and Republicans' attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Jul 26, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley released a statement on President Trump’s decision to ban transgender Americans from enlisting or openly serving in the military.