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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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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 30, 2013 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) and 80 bipartisan Members of the House of Representatives introduced H.R. 3361, the USA FREEDOM Act: United and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet Collection, and Online Monitoring Act. H.R. 3361 seeks to restore Americans’ privacy rights by ending the government’s bulk collection of phone records and requiring increased government oversight and public scrutiny of the government’s domestic surveillance programs.
Aug 1, 2013 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement following the Senate’s confirmation of B. Todd Jones as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Jul 31, 2013 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) and 187 Members of the House Democratic Caucus sent the following letter to President Barack Obama following the consideration of the Amash-Conyers amendment, which would have restricted the operations of the National Security Agency.
Jul 23, 2013 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) urged a one-third reduction in America’s intercontinental ballistic nuclear missiles (ICBMs) stockpile with an amendment to the FY14 Defense Appropriations Bill.
Jul 18, 2013 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) advocated for increased funding for Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) hiring grants within the FY14 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Act.