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 Every dollar we waste funding outdated strategies designed for the Cold War is another dollar that is not going towards law enforcement, intelligence gathering, cybersecurity, and many other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

Jun 12, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) and Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, released the following statement in response to the largest mass shooting in United States’ history at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida:
Jun 9, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), offered an amendment to increase funding for the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board by $2 million to match the agency’s request so that they can fulfill their mission to defend the privacy rights of American citizens during the Appropriation Committee’s consideration of the Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations bill.
May 23, 2016 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke on the House floor in support of the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2017.
May 12, 2016 In the News
There is a Congressional Subcommittee in Washington, D.C. and it meets out of the public eye. It meets in a room beneath the Capitol. This is called the emerging threats subcommittee and it discusses trends in national security. Much of what the subcommittee discusses is secret, Congressman Mike Quigley from Chicago on the North side, sits on that committee and recently talked to WBEZ’s Tony Arnold to talk about the work and some of the country’s misplaced spending priorities when it comes to national security.
Apr 29, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley announced that the Intelligence Committee advanced the bipartisan Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 by unanimous voice vote.