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.
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U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement in response to ongoing violence in the Middle East:
“In recent days, I have frequently reflected on my time spent in the Middle East, when I have both walked the streets of Gaza and toured bomb proof playgrounds in Israel. We must always remember to place ourselves in each other’s shoes—never more so than in these fraught times.
Today, the Congressional Ukraine Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Andy Harris (R-MD), Mike Quigley (D-IL), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), sent the following letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken expressing deep concern with the state of energy security in Ukraine and Central and Eastern Europe.
Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Michael McCaul (R-TX), along with U.S. Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led more than 60 of their Senate and House colleagues in urging leading international health and wildlife organizations to take aggressive action toward a permanent global ban of live wildlife markets, also known as “wet” markets, as well as a ban on the international trade of live wildlife.
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and Nita Lowey (NY-17) urged the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to include education and distance learning opportunities for children in USAID’s response to COVID-19. In a letter to USAID Administrator Mark Andrew Green, the lawmakers argued that 1.5 billion student’s education has been interrupted by the pandemic.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Chair of the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) and a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), questioned Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Russ Vought on OMB’s decision to withhold foreign assistance from Ukraine while President Trump attempted to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations into his political rivals.