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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Foreign Affairs

American leadership abroad is more necessary than ever due to a complex global landscape, evolving national security threats, and political instability around the globe. Whether in Syria, Ukraine, Western Europe or Israel, the evolving nature of our international relations requires us to continuously reevaluate what measures are necessary to really keep America safe.

While in Congress, I’ve supported a focused foreign policy that curbs runaway defense spending and instead invests in intelligence, international development, humanitarian aid, global health and direct diplomacy. I am proud to be the co-chair of the International Basic Education Caucus and belong to a number of Diaspora focused caucuses representative of the rich multi-ethnic heritage of Chicago and the Fifth District. While not perfect, I voted in favor of the Iran Nuclear deal and have fought for the continuation of the U.S. Syrian refugee resettlement effort. I have been a vocal champion for the Visa Waiver Program and have introduced the Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act and the JOLT Act to make the program more secure and viable for future generations . In May 2017, I was proud to introduce the Poland Visa Waiver Act to finally allow Poland to participate in the Visa Waiver Program. And, as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have fought to fund critical programs that combat HIV/AIDS and promote international development like PEPFAR, USAID, and the Strategic Climate Fund.

Under President Trump’s Administration, I have repeatedly spoken out against his “America First” foreign policy. I believe that for the United States to be safe, secure, and prosperous in a globalized world we must engage and work with our allies. This also means that we cannot turn our back on the importance of diplomacy. I have encouraged political and business leaders alike to invest in diplomacy and development programs so that we can increase security and grow the economy here at home.

American values and culture represent our most important global exports. We must invest in a foreign policy designed at its core to build people up and tear walls down. That’s true American leadership. 


Rep. Quigley has been strongly opposed to President Trump’s “America First” foreign policy and believes this approach would leave America alone while alienating key allies.


Rep. Quigley met with the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, to discuss continued efforts to strengthen Ukraine’s democracy.


Rep. Quigley introduced the Poland Visa Waiver Act to strengthen diplomacy and increase security between our nations. He has led efforts to expand the Visa Waiver Program to include Poland for the past four Congresses.

More on Foreign Affairs

Nov 19, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) questioned Ambassador Kurt Volker, Former U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine, during a House impeachment hearing. Under Quigley’s questioning, Volker, who was called as a witness by Republicans, testified that when he pressed Ukrainian President Zelensky’s aides not to prosecute their political opponents, Zelensky’s aide replied, "What, you mean like asking us to investigate Clinton and Biden?"

Nov 19, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) questioned Jennifer Williams, Aide to Vice President Mike Pence, and Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council. Quigley’s questions focused on the President’s decision to withhold military assistance from Ukraine.

Sep 24, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would be opening a formal impeachment inquiry:

“Donald Trump’s use of the office of the presidency to pressure a foreign government to interfere in our elections is an unprecedented abuse of power and an impeachable offense.

“I announced my support for opening an impeachment inquiry in May after it became clear that the President’s obstruction of legitimate congressional investigations was preventing us from carrying out our duties.

Aug 30, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as a member of the Congressional Caucus on Poland, introduced legislation to include Poland in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

May 10, 2019 In the News
Rep. Quigley joins WGN to discuss the continued obstruction of justice by the President of the United States. Quigley also discusses the dangers of a trade war with China.

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