Quigley Selected to Serve on Conference Committee to Fund the Government
WASHINGTON – Earlier this month, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Illinois’ only Member on the House Appropriations Committee, was named one of six House Democratic Members to serve on the conference committee on the Fiscal Year 2019 FSGG, Interior/Environment, THUD and Agriculture Appropriations bills. The conference committee will convene this afternoon to resolve bicameral differences in the four bills.
“From transportation and housing to environmental protections that ensure clean air and water, I am proud to play a key role in securing the spending priorities that matter most to Chicago families,” said Rep. Quigley. “Unfortunately, instead of governing responsibly and in the best interest of those they represent, Republicans want to misuse must-pass legislation as a means to advance their partisan agenda. Today, I will work to ensure our government stays open and operating and that our appropriations process isn’t manipulated to undermine Wall Street regulations, weaken protections for wildlife, diminish access to fair and equitable housing, or strip key funding from infrastructure projects that create jobs and keep cities like Chicago competitive.”
“Congress has a responsibility to fight for the health, safety and well-being of hard-working Americans in every corner of the country,” Leader Pelosi said. “Yet, this GOP Congress and Administration have continuously failed the American people by selling off public lands, gutting consumer and environmental protections, undermining access to affordable housing and pushing a radical, partisan Farm Bill that leaves farmers and hungry families out in the cold. Our outstanding House Democratic Conferees will bring exceptional experience, expertise and values as they work toward an agreement that honors our commitment to lift up American families, create good-paying jobs and drive meaningful progress for all.”
Rep. Quigley currently serves as the top Democrat on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) and as member on the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD). During his time on the Appropriations Committee, he has secured billions in federal funding for Chicago transportation and urban housing priorities, including capacity grants for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), funds for commuter railroads to complete the installment of Positive Train Control (PTC) safety technology, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, and much more. Recent appropriations victories have also included funding for election security defenses, lead exposure protection for children in affordable housing, Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Program, and O’Hare noise mitigation.