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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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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 31, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Quigley released the following statement in response to President Trump’s first State of the Union address.
Jan 29, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Quigley released the following statement on the letter, sent by all the Democratic Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, asking Chairman Trey Gowdy to issue a subpoena to finally compel DHS to produce documents it has been withholding from Congress for months relating to Russian government-backed efforts to penetrate at least twenty-one state election systems in the 2016 election, including Illinois.
Dec 15, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley led a press conference with Illinois election officials on the need to harden our defenses against election hacking.
Dec 15, 2017 In the News
"Most entities don't know they've been hacked. Sometimes it takes -- often it takes -- two to three years before they know they've been hacked. And most of the time it takes somebody else to tell them they have been hacked."
Dec 15, 2017 In the News
"Quigley is pushing for funding to create a secure digital network for election officials, to facilitate the rapid sharing of threats and incidents."

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