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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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

More on Defense & National Security

Jul 8, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Ranking Democrat on the Emerging Threats subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), released the following statement on the shooting that killed five police officers and wounded seven others in Dallas
Jun 22, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Ranking Democrat on the Emerging Threats subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), offered an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2017 Homeland Security Appropriations bill to increase funding for U.S. Homeland Security grant funding for states and localities, which has been cut in half since 2010.
Jun 16, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, offered an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill that reprioritizes funding that will be used to develop the nuclear capable Long Range Standoff weapon and instead use that funding to reduce the United States’ unsustainable debt and deficits. Rep. Quigley’s remarks on the House Floor during debate of his amendment are available here. The amendment was defeated on a vote of 159-261.
Jun 15, 2016 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) urged his colleges on the House floor to reprioritize funding that will be used to purchase 1,000 Long Range Standoff military weapons and instead use that funding to reduce the United States’ unsustainable debt and deficits during debate of the Fiscal Year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill.
Jun 12, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement in response to the largest mass shooting in United States’ history at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida:

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