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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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

Jul 26, 2017 In the News
Said North Side Rep. Mike Quigley: "With at least 6,000 transgender active-duty service members and reservists, this decision is just as alienating as it is cruel and unnecessary. Requiring transgender service members to suppress their authentic selves undermines their tremendous sacrifices and contributions. We cannot and will not stand by as the president seeks to prioritize discrimination and bigotry over the safety of our nation."
Jul 26, 2017 In the News
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley, who is a founding member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, said “prohibiting some of our most courageous and talented men and women from serving the country they love simply because of their gender identity is unpatriotic and disastrous for our national security.” He went on to say that the decision was “cruel and unnecessary.”
Jul 25, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley released the following statement on House passage of bipartisan sanctions directed at Russia, Iran, and North Korea.
Jul 18, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley offered an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2018 Homeland Security Subcommittee appropriations bill to end the use of for-profit prisons to detain immigrants.
Jul 18, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee and House Intelligence Committee, offered an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2018 Homeland Security Subcommittee appropriations bill to increase funding for essential grant programs, including Urban Area Security Initiative grants and Transit Security funding, by redirecting resources from so-called border infrastructure funding.

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