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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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

May 22, 2014 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) voted to restore Americans’ privacy rights and pass H.R. 3361, the USA FREEDOM Act: United and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet Collection, and Online Monitoring Act. Rep. Quigley is an original cosponsor the bill, which ends the government’s bulk collection of phone records and requires increased government oversight and public scrutiny of domestic surveillance programs.
May 7, 2014 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) joined Lt. General (USA ret.) Robert Gard, the former president of National Defense University, and members of Council for a Livable World to promote good government reform on nuclear weapons spending.
Apr 14, 2014 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) joined the University of Chicago Harris School to host “The Future of U.S. Nuclear Weapons: Establishing Sustainable Security Policy,” a panel discussion on reforming U.S. nuclear weapons policy to fit our current budgetary and national security environment.
Apr 1, 2014 In the News
"It's troubling that for the third year in a row, the President's budget proposal funds nuclear weapons programs at the expense of virtually every nonproliferation effort. Maintaining our existing nuclear weapons stockpile is already unsustainable, and it makes little sense to increase investments in weapons that matter less and less for our national security."
Mar 6, 2014 Editorials
Growing up during the Cold War, I remember the seemingly imminent threat of nuclear war. In primary school we were taught to "duck-and-cover" for protection.