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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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

Dec 2, 2018 In the News
Rep. Quigley joined MSNBC’s “Kasie DC” to discuss the latest on Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, and Donald Trump Jr., including HPSCI Democrats’ intent to call witnesses that weren’t honest or forthcoming back before to the Committee.
Nov 30, 2018 In the News
Rep. Quigley joins Erin Burnett on CNN’s “OutFront” to talk about Michael Cohen’s recent guilty plea and the need to bring him back before the House Intelligence Committee.
Nov 29, 2018 In the News
Quigley, a member of the panel told the Sun-Times in a statement, “Cohen’s plea highlights what we’ve known on the House Intelligence Committee for quite some time: several of our witnesses were untruthful in their testimonies."
Nov 28, 2018 In the News
Rep. Quigley speaks with Chris Hayes on MSNBC’s “All In” about new allegations that Paul Manafort lied to Special Counsel Mueller, as well as Democratic plans to reinstate oversight authority in the House Intelligence Committee.
Nov 27, 2018 In the News
Rep. Quigley joins Ari Melber on MSNBC’s “The Beat” to discuss Trump’s attempts to use the Department of Justice to attack his political enemies.

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