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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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

Apr 7, 2017 In the News
The missile attacks against Syria drew solid bipartisan support from Illinois' congressional delegation, but some lawmakers are insisting President Donald Trump consult with lawmakers on next steps.
Apr 7, 2017 In the News
With a unanimity that's rare these days, Illinois' congressional delegation is applauding President Donald Trump's decision to launch cruise missiles at a Syrian base reportedly used for chemical warfare.
Apr 5, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Kathleen Rice and 35 fellow House Democrats yesterday called on House appropriators to close the loophole that allows suspected terrorists to purchase firearms and explosives. In a letter to Commerce, Justice, & Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson and Ranking Member José Serrano and Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Carter and Ranking Member Lucille Roybal-Allard, Rice, Quigley and House Democrats urged appropriators to authorize the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to prohibit individuals on the FBI Terrorist Watchlist from purchasing firearms and explosives.
Mar 1, 2017 Press Release
Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s first joint address to Congress last night:
Jan 30, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after President Trump appointed Steve Bannon to a permanent position on the National Security Council: