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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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

Feb 4, 2019 In The News
Rep. Quigley participated in a local polling place training session, where new Judges of Election are trained to manage precinct polling places, and discussed the need to bolster critical election security resources.
Jan 28, 2019 In the News
Rep. Quigley joins MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” to discuss the recent indictment of Roger Stone.
Jan 25, 2019 In the News
Last week, Himes’ fellow intelligence panel Democrat, Mike Quigley of Illinois, told The Daily Beast there were “nine or ten people” he wanted to give return testimony to the committee owing to questions about “the credibility of their testimony,” and specifically named Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.
Jan 23, 2019 Speeches
Rep. Quigley, who serves as Chairman of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on Appropriations, spoke on the House Floor about the consequences of the ongoing shutdown and the need to pass legislation to re-open the government.
Jan 15, 2019 Press Release
Rep. Quigley released the following statement on his recent appointment to serve as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Ukraine Caucus. Rep. Quigley will join fellow Co-Chairs Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Andy Harris (MD-01), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01).

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