Representative Mike Quigley's Public Statements

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 5, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 5
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8/09/16 Quigley's "Mike On The Move" Initiative Goes To UPS Chicago Area Consolidation Hub 7/28/16 The Hill - Achieving the American Dream for Generations to Come 7/26/16 Quigley Statement on FDA Request for Comment Period on Blood Donor Deferral Policy 7/25/16 Letter to the Honorable Anthony Foxx, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation - Menendez, Booker, Sires, Watson Coleman Urge USDOT to Change Rule on Performance Measures for Congestion Relief 7/19/16 Letter to The Honorable Andrian Candu, Speaker Of The Parliament - Opposing Discriminatory Legislation in Parliament 7/18/16 Letter to Mr. Andrew M. Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Update Lead Screening Policy to Protect Children 7/15/16 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 7/14/16 Quigley Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Make All Congressional Reports Public 7/13/16 Letter to the Hon. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House - Act on Flint Before House Adjourns 7/12/16 Letter to the Honorable Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House - Swalwell Leads Call for New Policy Regarding Cameras on House Floor 7/12/16 CNN- Gay Blood Donor Ban Based On Fear, Not Science 7/08/16 Quigley Statement on Dallas Shootings 7/07/16 Climate Change and Water 7/07/16 Quigley Introduces Bill to Name Post Office in Honor of Fallen Chicago Police Officer 7/06/16 Letter to the Honorable Harold Rogers, Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, the Honorable Tom Cole, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations, the Honorable Nita M. Lowey, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations, and the Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations - Pell Grant Protections 7/03/16 Chicago Sun Times - Opinion: Delaying a Bath or Shower Can Make River Cleaner 6/30/16 Letter to The Honorable Gina McCarthy, Administrator, EPA - Urging EPA to Update Lead & Copper Rule 6/29/16 Quigley Marks National Day of Action for Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention 6/25/16 Quigley & Chicago LGBT Community Leaders Stand in Support of Equality Act during Chicago Pride 6/24/16 Letter to The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary, U.S. Department of State, and The Honorable Gayle Smith, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development - Support LGBT Rights Around the World 6/22/16 Quigley Pushes for Increase in U.S. Homeland Security Grant Funding for States and Localities 6/21/16 Letter to the Honorable Sally Jewel, Secretary of the Interior, Christy Goldfuss, Managing Director of the Council on Environmental Quality, and Neil Kornze, Director of the Bureau of Land Management - Coal Regulations 6/20/16 Letter to Robert M. Califf, Commisioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration - End Discriminatory Blood Ban on Gay and Bisexual Men 6/19/16 CNN Interview- Transcript: Discriminatory Blood Ban 6/18/16 Quigley's "Chicago Climate Change Tour" Assesses Local Mitigation & Sustainability Efforts 6/16/16 Quigley Amendment Prioritizes Nuclear Non-Proliferation & Deficit Reduction in Defense Appropriations Bill 6/16/16 NPR Morning Edition Interview- Rep. Quigley: Orlando Tragedy Highlights Discriminatory Blood Donation Rule 6/15/16 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017 6/14/16 Quigley, House Members and LGBT Allies Push FDA to End Discriminatory Blood Ban on Gay and Bisexual Men 6/13/16 CLTV's Politics Tonight Interview- Orlando Shooting Response 6/13/16 The Hill - How Congress Can Keep America's Top Talent in Tourism 6/13/16 Quigley, Lee, Baldwin Statement on Blood Donor Ban in Light of Pulse Nightclub Mass Shooting 6/09/16 Quigley Fights for Equal Access to Abortion Services in D.C 6/09/16 Quigley Prioritizes Spending to Protect Privacy Rights of Americans 6/09/16 Quigley Statement in Support of Puerto Rican Debt Compromise 6/08/16 Kelly, House Democrats Call for Repeal of Gun Violence Research Ban 6/08/16 Letter to the Honorable John Carter and the Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard - TSA Delays and Improve Efficiency and Increase Workforce 6/08/16 Letter to President Barack Obama - Opposing Offshore Seismic Testing 6/08/16 Letter to The Honorable John Carter, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security and The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security - Seeking To Improve Efficiency & Lift Arbitrary Cap On Screeners 6/08/16 Members of Congress Call on House Leadership to Lift Gun Violence Research Ban 5/31/16 Letter to The Honorable Paul Ryan, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, and The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives - Call on House Leadership to Lift Gun Violence Research Ban 5/31/16 New GAO Report Highlights Value of Broadcasting Supreme Court and Appellate Court Proceedings 5/29/16 Quigley Announces Unanimous Passage of Intelligence Authorization Act by House Intelligence Committee 5/26/16 Quigley and Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Secure Transportation Accessibility Performance Measure in THUD Bill 5/26/16 Letter to The Honorable Gina McCarthy, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency- Protect Pollinators & Further Examine Impacts of Pesticides on Pollinators 5/25/16 Ukraine Caucus Statement On Savchenko Release 5/25/16 Quigley Secures Funding for Chicago Transportation & Housing Priorities 5/25/16 Waters, Carson, Ellison, Grijalva, and Quigley Applaud Transportation Accessibility Performance Measure in THUD 5/24/16 Quigley Pushes for O'Hare Noise Relief in THUD Appropriations Bill 5/24/16 Letter to the Hon. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House - Disband the Select Panel

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