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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

First Amendment

The First Amendment to our Constitution protects five fundamental values of our society – religion, speech, press, and the right to petition and assemble. Our unwavering commitment to these principles has withstood tough battles throughout our history and has remained a cornerstone of our democracy.  

Our nation is strongest when we come together to understand, support, and celebrate one another’s differences – this includes differences of religion. Hate-filled speech or actions that pit people of various faiths against one another is not only unacceptable, it is inconsistent with our founding ideals. Unfortunately, despite all of the progress we’ve made, it is clear that more work remains to ensure all Americans feel safe to worship how they so choose.

In 1860, Federick Douglass said, “to suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker."  During a time when the media is under attack from the Administration, simply for doing its job and holding those in government accountable for their actions, it is important to acknowledge what an important role free press and speech play in our democracy each and every day.

In order to support an open and transparent government that works on behalf of the American people, we must continue to protect the First Amendment from efforts to restrict or suppress information. We must ensure that the public has the resources and opportunities needed to understand governmental action and respond accordingly by voting, assembling, protesting, and sharing ideas with others.

Rep. Quigley spoke on the House Floor defending free press on World Press Freedom Day.

Rep. Quigley spoke out against Trump’s appointment of Steve Bannon to serve on the National Security Council and as a Presidential Adviser.  

Rep. Quigley spoke on the House Floor about need to promote equality, opportunity, and justice for all, while combatting all forms of hatred.

Rep. Quigley visited Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago to highlight importance of diversity in faith. 


More on First Amendment

Jun 1, 2017 In the News
The FBI and Congress are examining a campaign event last spring during which Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions and Jared Kushner were in a small gathering with Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak and other diplomats at Washington’s Mayflower Hotel, multiple U.S. officials told NBC News.
May 3, 2017 Speeches
Rep. Quigley spoke on the House Floor in commemorating World Press Freedom Day and the importance of maintaining a free press under the current administration.
Apr 8, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) visited with faith leaders and congregation members at Anshe Emet Synagogue in Chicago to highlight the importance of unity in the face of our diversity, following an increase in religious discrimination and hate crimes across the country.
Feb 21, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement on recent threats and acts of vandalism made against Jewish sites:
Feb 8, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), released the following statement after joining interfaith community leaders at the Chicago Loop Synagogue in response to last week’s hate crime: