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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. 

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. Mike Quigley met with the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko to discuss continued efforts to strengthen Ukraine’s democracy.
 
Rep. Quigley spoke out about the U.S. airstrikes in Syria and encouraged seeking a diplomatic and permanent end to the Syrian civil war.

Rep. Mike Quigley offered an amendment to the fiscal year 2016 Homeland Security appropriations bill that would authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to admit Poland as a program country under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

More on Foreign Affairs

Nov 14, 2017 Speeches
Rep. Quigley spoke on the House Floor in opposition to President Trump's "America First" foreign policy agenda.
Nov 14, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley spoke at the #StillIn Rally in support of the United States continued participation in the Paris Climate Agreement.
Oct 30, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley led a discussion before more than 100 Illinois leaders at a forum hosted by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
Oct 24, 2017 Press Release
Representative Mike Quigley, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee, spoke with CNN’s Kate Bolduan on the Niger ambush and President Trump’s response.
Sep 20, 2017 In the News
U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Il., stopped by WGN Morning News Wednesday to respond to President Donald Trump's address to the United Nations. Quigley says he disagrees with Trump's call to be tougher on North Korea.

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