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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

Mar 17, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley, (IL-05) and Joe Heck (NV-03) introduced the Jobs Originating through Launching Travel (JOLT) Act, a bipartisan effort to spur tourism, create jobs, reform outdated visa laws and increase national security.
Mar 17, 2015 In the News
“Increasing international travel opportunities and updating visa travel protocol will drive tourism dollars to cities across the country, including Chicago, which welcomed more than one million overseas visitors in 2013,” Quigley added. “Now is the time to pass the JOLT Act and modernize the Visa Waiver Program specifically, strengthening our national security and enhancing relationships with important allies like Poland.”
Feb 7, 2015 Press Release
U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley applauded the announcement from the U.S. State Department on the creation of a new Special Envoy position to advocate for LGBT rights.
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.