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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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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 12, 2010 Press Release
"It is my hope that with this decision our Armed Forces will never again deny an American the right and the honor to serve his or her country."
Sep 21, 2010 Press Release
"Its time to step back, evaluate our global needs and build a military to match those needsas if we were starting from scratch. Everything our military does must be measured against the benchmark of 'Do we need this to keep America safe?'"
Sep 15, 2010 Press Release
"At a time of limited resources, it is vital that all of our foreign contracts be held to the strictest scrutiny and utmost accountability."
Jun 29, 2010 Speeches
"One question must be answered: Is this the best way to fight terrorism and keep Americans safe?" "
Jun 25, 2010 Press Release
Today, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) released the following statement after the overwhelming passage of H.R. 2194, the Conference Report on Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act.