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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

Jan 28, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley, along with Reps. Sander Levin (D-MI), Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), all members of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, introduced a bipartisan resolution calling for the release of Ukrainian fighter pilot and Member of Ukraine’s Parliament Nadiya Savchenko.
Jan 5, 2015 Editorials
What impact is U.S. investment in foreign aid having in far off, foreign countries? In D.C., we receive statistics about the impact of aid, but never get a face or a name of those affected by our help. Traveling to Cambodia, the largest single beneficiary of U.S. aid in maternal and neonatal health, changed that. That’s where we met Navy, a 30-year-old woman who lives with her 6-year-old daughter, Davin in Phnom Penh.
Dec 3, 2014 Press Release
U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley (IL-05), along with a group of 10 bipartisan colleagues introduced HR. 5782 the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014, the House companion bill to S. 2828, to provide for additional assistance to Ukraine, in the forms of humanitarian, energy and defense, while imposing additional sanctions on the Russian Federation.
Sep 18, 2014 Editorials
This month’s NATO Summit in Wales was a missed opportunity, as world leaders could have used this important gathering to begin the conversation of reinventing the outdated nuclear weapons strategies employed by the United States and NATO allies.
Sep 16, 2014 Speeches
WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke on the need for further sanctions if President Putin continues to disregard Ukrainian sovereignty prior to Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine's, address to a Joint Session of Congress.

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