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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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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 14, 2009 Speeches
"We agree on the objective. We differ on the strategy ... we must continue to ask ourselves: How do we keep Americans safe from a terrorist attack?" "
Oct 6, 2009 In the News
"I think the federal government has to investigate what's happened with Project Shield" "
Sep 24, 2009 Press Release
Cong. Quigley speaks on House floor in support of Poland.
Sep 11, 2009 Press Release
"As we take a moment today to remember what shook us to the core eight years ago, we stand stronger, more united, and committed to service"
Jul 30, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC Yesterday, Cong. Mike Quigley (IL-5) returned home after a four-day Congressional Delegation (CODEL) trip to Iraq and the Middle East region. After only 100 days in office, Quigley wanted to travel to the warzone to gain firsthand knowledge of the frontlines and in order to make sure both the use of current resources and withdrawal from the region was strategic, expeditious, and transparent.

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