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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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

Jan 11, 2010 Press Release
On New Year's Eve, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) joined the cast and co-hosted a benefit production of "A Christmas Carol" at the Goodman Theatre for Chicago-area servicemen and women and their families. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky co-hosted the "Community Day" event with the Goodman Theatre and the USO. Quigley and Schakowsky both appeared in walk-on roles during several scenes in the performance.
Dec 16, 2009 Press Release
I am committed to ensuring that our troops and our military families have the resources and support they need to protect our nation. However, support for the troops cannot be used as a reason to designate the 2009 Defense Conference report bill as a "must pass" sacred cow that is exempt from proper review and oversight.
Dec 15, 2009 Press Release
"We have a win-win opportunity to close Guantanamo while creating jobs in a region that desperately needs them."
Nov 24, 2009 Press Release
Introduces resolution honoring largest overseas deployment of Illinois National Guard soldiers since World War II.
Nov 18, 2009 Press Release
"Firefighters must never suffer the effects of underfunding."

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