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Mike Quigley's Public Statements on Issue: National Security

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 5, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 5
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July 15, 2016 Jul 15, 2016 Press Release WASHINGTON -- U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Ranking Democrat on the Emerging Threats subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), released the following statement in response to the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France: "Once again, my heart is heavy for the people of France. Almost eight months to the day after a series of tragic terrorist attacks occurred in Paris, we are mourning the death of 84 innocent men, women and children who had gathered to celebrate Bastille Day. My deepest condolences go out to all of the families mourning lost loved ones, and I hope and pray for a speedy recovery for all of those injured in this devastating attack. "The latest attack in Nice -- like those in Brussels, Paris, Orlando and Istanbul -- continues to confirm what I and many in the intelligence community have been stressing for years: First, soft targets like festive holiday gatherings, sporting arenas, or Pulse nightclub in Orlando -- venues very similar to ones in the Fifth District -- are today's largest security vulnerability. They are easy to attack and difficult to protect. We must do everything in our power to bolster and harden their defenses. Second, we must continue to strengthen our intelligence gathering and increase intelligence sharing with our European allies to uncover further plots and hunt down would be terrorists. Third, we need to finally end the harmful, across the board spending cuts of sequestration, which are crippling the capabilities of U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies. And fourth, Congress must fully fund U.S. homeland security grants to states and localities, instead of cutting them as has been the case since 2010. "To thwart a similar style attack from occurring in the U.S., I have been working through my role on the House Appropriations Committee to fully fund the federal programs designed to keep America safe. For example, just last month I offered an amendment to the Homeland Security Appropriations bill to bolster funding for major U.S. Homeland Security grants for states and localities, which has been nearly cut in half since 2010. Had it passed, it would have increased funding for programs like Buffer Zone grants, Transit Security Program grants, the Port Security Grant Program, Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grants, as well as many others. These are precisely the types of programs that help keep Americans safe amid new and growing threats. "I stand with the people of France as they mourn those lost in this atrocious attack, and I will continue to fight for funding and strategies that will protect against new and evolving threats both at home and abroad -- focusing on ways that really keep Americans safe." Rep. Quigley is Ranking Democrat of the Emerging Threats subcommittee on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He has been an outspoken advocate for reprioritizing U.S. homeland security and defense funding to meet the needs and threats of today. In June, he offered an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2017 Homeland Security Appropriations bill to increase funding for U.S. Homeland Security grant funding for states and localities, which has been cut in half since 2010. In April, Rep. Quigley warned of decreasing U.S. Homeland Security Grant funding and how soft targets in the U.S. were more vulnerable than ever. Rep. Quigley has also been a proponent for nuclear arms reduction, working in the House Appropriations Committee to overhaul unlimited defense spending. This year, Rep. Quigley successfully included his amendment to add an additional $22 million in critical funding for the Nuclear Counterterrorism and Incident Response Program in the manager's amendment to the Fiscal Year 2017 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. He also hosted a briefing with Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) about the current state of U.S. nuclear weapons policy and the need to reprioritize nuclear weapons funding via careful planning and preparation that reflects the current security and budgetary environments. ### Issues: Defense & National Security
July 8, 2016 Quigley Statement on Dallas Shootings
July 7, 2016 Quigley Introduces Bill to Name Post Office in Honor of Fallen Chicago Police Officer
June 22, 2016 Quigley Pushes for Increase in U.S. Homeland Security Grant Funding for States and Localities
June 13, 2016 CLTV's Politics Tonight Interview- Orlando Shooting Response
June 8, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John Carter and the Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard - TSA Delays and Improve Efficiency and Increase Workforce
May 29, 2016 Quigley Announces Unanimous Passage of Intelligence Authorization Act by House Intelligence Committee
May 24, 2016 Climate Change and National Security
May 23, 2016 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
April 20, 2016 Quigley: Reprioritize Nuclear Funding to Focus on Modern Security Threats
April 19, 2016 Homeland Security
April 19, 2016 Quigley Increases Funding for Critical Nuclear Counterterrorism Program
April 8, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States - Urge for FEMA to Consider Localized Impact
March 22, 2016 Quigley Statement on Terrorist Attack in Brussels
Feb. 25, 2016 Letter to House & Senate Leadership - Request to Fund Contraceptive Care to Combat Zika Virus Outbreak
Feb. 9, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Robert Cardillo, Director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency - Recommending Scott Air Force Base for NGA-West
Feb. 2, 2016 Medium: How Climate Change Became a National Security Problem
Jan. 20, 2016 U.S. News and World Report: What Really Keeps Americans Safe
Dec. 16, 2015 Tracking Foreign Fighters in Terrorist Safe Havens Act
Dec. 16, 2015 Letter to the Hon. Susan Rice, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs - Urgeing Administration to Weigh in on Wassenaar
Dec. 8, 2015 Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015
Dec. 8, 2015 Mass Shootings
Nov. 19, 2015 Quigley Statement on Syrian Refugee Bill
Oct. 22, 2015 Climate Change and Adaptation
Sept. 9, 2015 Chicago Tribune- Why we support an imperfect Iran nuclear deal
Sept. 3, 2015 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration
Aug. 27, 2015 Letter to The Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States - Federal Relief For Small Businesses Impacted By Severe Summer Storms
July 29, 2015 Quigley, Durbin Announce Homeland Security Grants for Illinois
July 24, 2015 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Concerning Flood Relief for Illinois Farmers
June 3, 2015 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Federal Relief for 16th District Small Businesses Impacted by April Tornado
June 2, 2015 Quigley, Durbin Lead Bicameral Push to Address Urban Flooding
June 2, 2015 Urban Flooding Awareness Act
May 21, 2015 Carson, House Intelligence Committee Democrats Issue Statement on USA Freedom Act Urging Senate to Act
May 14, 2015 Quigley Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act
May 13, 2015 Quigley Statement on the USA FREEDOM Act
March 20, 2015 Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States - Iran Nuclear Negotiations
Feb. 26, 2015 Quigley Presses for Clean Homeland Security Budget
Feb. 6, 2015 Quigley, HPSCI Members Comment on Arrest of ISIS Supporters
Jan. 13, 2015 Quigley Statement on Homeland Security and Anti-Immigration Tactics
Jan. 1, 2015 Issue Position: Defense and National Security
July 9, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Consult Congress on Iran Nuclear Negotiations
July 1, 2014 Letter to Jeh Johnson, Secretary Department of Homeland Security - Indefinite Detention of Immigrants
June 5, 2014 Officials Announce Flood Relief for Graue Mill
May 28, 2014 Letter to Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security - Profiling at Courthouses
Feb. 7, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - FEMA Public Assistance for Disaster Damage in Illinois
Jan. 17, 2014 Quigley Applauds Efforts to Reform NSA Surveillance Programs
Dec. 19, 2013 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Durbin, Kirk, Delegation Call on President to Provide Federal Public Assistance for Southern and Central Illinois Counties
Nov. 25, 2013 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Illinois Disaster Declaration Due to Tornado Damage
Nov. 25, 2013 Kirk, Durbin, Delegation Call on President to Provide Federal Refief for Central and Southern Illinois Counties
Nov. 14, 2013 The Hill - Bill to promote more travel to the US hits 100 co-sponsors
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