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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

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Jul 17, 2009 Editorials
"Deciding whether to support funding for the extra twelve F-22s rests on two very simple questions: Are they necessary in the defense of our national security? Are there better options out there?" "
Jul 17, 2009 E-Newsletters
July, 2009Welcome to our first e-newsletter! Since I was sworn in as your Representative in Congress this April, my staff and I have been working tirelessly to make sure your voice is heard and your priorities are protected in Washington.I plan to send these e-newsletters frequently to stay in touch and keep you up to date, but I wont send it to you unless you ask me to. If youre interested in receiving these updates, please sign up so I can continue sending you information on what Im doing for you everywhere from Capitol Hill to Lincoln Park to Franklin Park.UNDER THE DOMEThe halls of Congress have been very busy lately. Here are some highlights of what Ive been doing as your U.S. Representative:Protecting Our EnvironmentI proudly supported and voted for the American Clean Energy and Security Act which will reduce harmful global warming pollutants and create green energy jobsHelped to secure $475 million for Great Lakes restoration and protectionLetting the Sunshine In and Getting the Pork OutI recently introduced landmark earmark reform legislation, H.Res. 614, that would end the distribution of earmarks to for-profit entities.My 2010 appropriation requests are online, so you can see firsthand the specific requests Ive made to invest taxpayer dollars all not-for-profit and public projects.I co-sponsored legislation to restore the common-sense Pay-As-You-Go (PAYGO) rules which resulted in a balanced budget and economic prosperity in the 1990s.Simply put, government should operate like any household does every day sensibly. You live within your means, you pay for what you buy, and you plan for the future. Like the hard-working families in the 5th District, government needs to tighten its belt, control spending, and stop putting Americans futures on credit.Extending Equal Rights and Fairness to AllI am proud to be an original Co-Sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would extend federal employment laws to the LGBT community. Ive also called for the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and other unjust practices.I introduced legislation to extend the Visa Waiver Program, part of a broader effort to ultimately allow Polish residents to more easily visit their relatives in the United States.I have also spoken out in favor of comprehensive immigration reform.Abraham Lincoln often talked about doing what is right, what is just, and what is fair for all. He recognized the beginning of an evolution toward real equality, and seven score and six years later, I will continue my commitment to his legacy.CLOSER TO HOMEIm in Washington most days right now, but whenever I'm home in Chicago, I spend as much time as possible visiting with families and organizations across the district. Were working hard to make sure your needs are served and your questions answered. Heres some of what weve been doing in the district:Providing Outstanding ServiceIn the past months weve held a number of successful Constituent Fairs, geared toward assisting seniors, veterans, and other constituents with individual issues with federal agencies.Bringing Congress to Your CornerYou don't have to come to Capitol Hill - we'll bring it right to you! I'm proud to be continuing the tradition of bringing Congress to your Corner at neighborhood grocery stores and libraries, in order to answer your questions, provide assistance, and hear your opinions firsthand.COMING SOONAs your member of Congress, I'll never forget that I work for you, and that my job demands open lines of communication. In the coming weeks and months, we'll be unveiling a new Web site and several cutting-edge features (like our new You Tube channel!) that will enable us to stay in better and frequent touch. I hope you'll visit the site, read our latest news, and share your thoughts with me.Dont forget to sign up for our e-newsletter, and please contact my office with any questions or assistance. Were here to serve and represent you, and I look forward to staying in touch.
Jul 17, 2009 Editorials
New threats call for new strategy. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have taught us that the weapons of the Cold War are not well suited to the asymmetric challenges our nation faces around the world.
Jul 17, 2009 Press Release
Recently, Cong. Mike Quigley (D-IL) presented a special Congressional Record statement to the Windy City Gay Chorus to commemorate the organizations 30th anniversary and recognize the organizations dedication and enormous contribution to the community.
Jul 14, 2009 Speeches
We cannot tacitly reward this behavior by restoring normal relations with Cuba without asking – what has Cuba done?
Jul 14, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Mike Quigley spoke on the House floor regarding the U.S. relationship with Cuba.
Jul 10, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) announced the introduction of landmark legislation to drastically reform the earmark system by prohibiting appropriation requests for for-profit entities.
Jul 2, 2009 Press Release
This morning, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) announced new benefits taking effect today that will make student loans more affordable to repay by allowing borrowers to cap their monthly loan payments based on how much income they earn.
Jun 30, 2009 Press Release
Last week, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) hosted a Veterans Service Fair for constituents to obtain critical, personalized assistance from a variety of providers.
Jun 27, 2009 Press Release
This evening, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) voted to pass landmark clean energy legislation that will create millions of new American jobs, limit the pollution that causes climate change, and reduce our dangerous dependence on foreign oil.