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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

Jul 30, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC Yesterday, Cong. Mike Quigley (IL-5) returned home after a four-day Congressional Delegation (CODEL) trip to Iraq and the Middle East region. After only 100 days in office, Quigley wanted to travel to the warzone to gain firsthand knowledge of the frontlines and in order to make sure both the use of current resources and withdrawal from the region was strategic, expeditious, and transparent.
Jul 23, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, following a Senate vote to eliminate funding for the F-22 fighter plane from the defense authorization bill, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) issued the following statement.
Jul 14, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Mike Quigley spoke on the House floor regarding the U.S. relationship with Cuba.
Jun 23, 2009 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) introduced legislation extending the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This move is part of a broader effort to ultimately extend visa waiver privileges to Poland, a country that has proven its steadfast dedication to the cause of freedom and friendship with the United States.
Jun 5, 2009 Press Release
"I strongly believe the United States should extend the Visa Waiver Program, with its enhanced program security requirements, and extend visa-free privileges to Poland, a country that has proven its steadfast dedication to the cause of freedom and friendship with the United States."

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