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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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

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.
Jul 10, 2013 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Jared Polis (CO-02) offered an amendment to cut $23.7 million above what the Department of Energy (DOE) requested for the B61 nuclear bomb and apply the savings toward deficit reduction.
Jul 18, 2012 Speeches
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) gave the following statement on the House floor against unnecessary defense spending.