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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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

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 questions FBI Director Comey about Russian collusion during House Intelligence Open Hearing.

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 10, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley sent a bipartisan letter along with 57 of his colleagues to President Obama urging a U.S. led, international response to combat the spread of the Zika virus.
Jan 20, 2016 Editorials
The deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino have opened up a new front in our war against the Islamic State group, exposing vulnerabilities that Congress has a responsibility to respond to both at home and abroad. In these trying times, Congress needs to provide leadership and answer the question: What really keeps Americans safe?
Dec 16, 2015 Speeches
Rep. Quigley urged his colleagues to support the Tracking Foreign Fighters in Terrorist Safe Havens Act, which provides for a more clear understanding of the real threats to U.S. security and allows Congress to work in partnership with U.S. national security agencies to defend against these threats.
Nov 19, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Quigley released the following statement in response to H.R. 4038, which provides legislation to amend the U.S. refugee admission process.
Sep 9, 2015 Editorials

The following article appeared in the Chicago Tribune on September 9, 2015. A link to the article can be found here.

By U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, Tammy Duckworth, and Bill Foster

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