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Sept. 22, 2016 Menendez, Cardin, Durbin, Nelson Statement on Venezuelan Recall Referendum Delay Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
Sept. 8, 2016 Roskam, Price Applaud Passage of Resolution Affirming Georgia's Territorial Integrity Rep. Peter Roskam Wheaton, IL
Sept. 8, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Warning President Obama Against Bypassing Senate On Nuclear Testing Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
Sept. 6, 2016 Kirk Joins Rubio on Bill to Stop Ransom & Prohibit Administration's Payments to Iran Until Tehran Compensates U.S. Victims of Iranian Terrorism Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
Sept. 2, 2016 Kirk Statement on The Administration's Secret Decision to Let Iran Violate Nuclear Deal Limits Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
Aug. 29, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Postpone Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia Rep. Bobby Rush Washington, DC
Aug. 29, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Postpone Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
Aug. 29, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Postpone Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia Rep. Danny Davis Washington, DC
Aug. 23, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Horacio Muratori, President, International Basketball Federation - End Discriminatory Policies Against Sikh Players Rep. Janice Schakowsky Sacramento, CA
Aug. 23, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Horacio Muratori, President, International Basketball Federation - End Discriminatory Policies Against Sikh Players Rep. Danny Davis Sacramento, CA
Aug. 23, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Horacio Muratori, President, International Basketball Federation - End Discriminatory Policies Against Sikh Players Rep. Bobby Rush Sacramento, CA
Aug. 19, 2016 Rep. Darin LaHood's Statement On Obama's Ransom Payment To Iran Rep. Darin LaHood Peoria, IL
Aug. 18, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Make Tibet a Priority in Final Months in Office Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Washington, DC
Aug. 18, 2016 Duckworth Must Answer on $400 Million Ransom Payment to Iran Sen. Mark Kirk Unknown
Aug. 18, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Make Tibet a Priority in Final Months in Office Rep. Bobby Rush Washington, DC
Aug. 18, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Make Tibet a Priority in Final Months in Office Rep. Danny Davis Washington, DC
Aug. 18, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Make Tibet a Priority in Final Months in Office Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
Aug. 15, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Declassify Records of the Disappeared in El Salvador Civil War Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
Aug. 11, 2016 Kirk Statement on Iran's Increasing Cyber and Missile Capabilities Sen. Mark Kirk Chicago, IL
Aug. 9, 2016 Letter to the Hon. John Kerry, Secretary of State - Prioritize Human Rights and Justice Reform In Bilateral Talks With Mexico Rep. Bobby Rush Washington, DC
Aug. 9, 2016 Letter to the Hon. John Kerry, Secretary of State - Prioritize Human Rights and Justice Reform In Bilateral Talks With Mexico Rep. Robin Kelly Washington, DC
Aug. 9, 2016 Letter to the Hon. John Kerry, Secretary of State - Prioritize Human Rights and Justice Reform In Bilateral Talks With Mexico Rep. Cheri Bustos Washington, DC
Aug. 9, 2016 The Chicago Tribune - TPP More Likely to Harm than Help American Workers Rep. Daniel Lipinski Unknown
Aug. 9, 2016 Letter to the Hon. John Kerry, Secretary of State - Prioritize Human Rights and Justice Reform In Bilateral Talks With Mexico Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
Aug. 9, 2016 Letter to the Hon. John Kerry, Secretary of State - Prioritize Human Rights and Justice Reform In Bilateral Talks With Mexico Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Washington, DC
Aug. 8, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of the Department of State - Taxpayers Deserve Truth on Cash Transfer to Iran Sen. Mark Kirk Unknown
Aug. 4, 2016 Davis Statement on Obama Administration's Reported Ransom Payment to Iran Rep. Rodney Davis Washington, DC
Aug. 3, 2016 Roskam Statement on President Obama's Ransom Payments to Iran Rep. Peter Roskam Wheaton, IL
July 27, 2016 Kirk Statement on ISIS Terrorist Attacks in France and Germany Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
July 26, 2016 Letter to John McCain, Mac Thornberry, Jack Reed and Adam Smith; Respectively, Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services - Kirk-Gillibrand Urge Full Funding for U.S.-Israel Missile Defense Cooperation Sen. Mark Kirk Chicago, IL
July 22, 2016 Kirk Statement on Shooting in Munich, Germany Sen. Mark Kirk Chicago, IL
July 19, 2016 Kirk Statement on Reports of Secret Document Outlining Iran's Uranium Enrichment Plan Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
July 19, 2016 Kirk Statement on Pro-ISIS Refugee's Axe Attack on German Train Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
July 17, 2016 The Southern Illinoisian- Kirk: Congress Must Act on Iran Sen. Mark Kirk Unknown
July 15, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Jacob Lew, Secretary, Department of the Treasury - Urging Investigation into Chinese Railcar Deal that Threatens National Security Rep. Daniel Lipinski Washington, DC
July 15, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Jacob Lew, Secretary, Department of the Treasury - Urging Investigation into Chinese Railcar Deal that Threatens National Security Rep. Tammy Duckworth Washington, DC
July 15, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Jacob Lew, Secretary, Department of the Treasury - Urging Investigation into Chinese Railcar Deal that Threatens National Security Rep. Michael Bost Washington, DC
July 15, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Jacob Lew, Secretary, Department of the Treasury - Urging Investigation into Chinese Railcar Deal that Threatens National Security Rep. Cheri Bustos Washington, DC
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 Rep. Mike Quigley Washington,DC
July 14, 2016 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Venezuela Resolution Introduced by Bipartisan Senators Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Kirk Statement on House Passage of Bill to Punish Iranian Terrorism & Missile Threats Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Iran Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Menendez, Kirk: New GAO Study Warns Inspectors Face Challenges in Detecting Iran's Undeclared Nuclear Activities Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
July 13, 2016 Letter to The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State - Reinstate Sanctions on Iran Following Reported Nuclear Procurement Efforts Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
July 13, 2016 Committee Acts to Prevent Sale of U.S. Passenger Aircraft to Iran Rep. Peter Roskam Washington, DC
July 13, 2016 Pompeo Applauds Bipartisan Prohibition of Heavy Water Purchases from Iran Rep. Peter Roskam Washington, DC
July 12, 2016 Rep. Kinzinger Introduces Bill to Counter Iran's Tyrannical Ambitions Throughout Middle East Rep. Adam Kinzinger Washington, DC
July 11, 2016 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Senators Collins, Nelson Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging Administration to Preserve Maximum Strength of Sanctions Until Iran Abandons Its Illicit, Non-Nuclear Activities Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
July 8, 2016 Congress Easily Blocks Boeing-Iran Sale Rep. Peter Roskam Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Kirk Statement on German Intel Report on Iran's Continuing Efforts to Buy Nuclear & Missile Technology Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017 Rep. Peter Roskam Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Kirk Statement on Former Guantanamo Terrorist Detainee Missing in Brazil Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
July 2, 2016 Kirk Statement on ISIS Terror Attack in Bangladesh Sen. Mark Kirk Chicago, IL
June 30, 2016 Kirk Statement on Fatal Stabbing of 13-Year-Old American Girl by Palestinian in West Bank Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 30, 2016 Duckworth Reacts to Brutal Stabbing of Israeli-American Hallel Yaffa Ariel Rep. Tammy Duckworth Schaumburg, IL
June 29, 2016 Bipartisan Merkley-Kirk Climate Amendment Passes Senate Committee Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 29, 2016 Senate Panel Passes Kirk Legislation to Combat Economic Warfare Targeting Israel Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 29, 2016 Schakowsky Statement on Republican Benghazi Report Rep. Janice Schakowsky Unknown
June 29, 2016 Kirk Secures Increased Aid For Israel and Foreign Assistance Programs To Advance U.S. Initiatives Abroad Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 29, 2016 Kirk Statement on ISIS Suicide Terrorist Bombings at Airport in Turkey Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 27, 2016 Letter to The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State - Investigate and Prosecute Syrian War Crimes Rep. Robert Dold Washington, DC
June 27, 2016 Letter to The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State - Investigate and Prosecute Syrian War Crimes Rep. Adam Kinzinger Washington, DC
June 24, 2016 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 Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Washington, DC
June 24, 2016 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 Rep. Mike Quigley Washington, DC
June 24, 2016 Kirk Statement on Anti-Money Laundering Group's Decision to Keep Iran on Terror-Financing Blacklist Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 24, 2016 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 Rep. Bobby Rush Washington, DC
June 24, 2016 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 Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
June 23, 2016 Durbin and Cardin Applaud OAS Special Session on Venezuela Crisis Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
June 23, 2016 Durbin and Cardin Applaud OAS Special Session on Venezuela Crisis Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
June 23, 2016 Kirk Statement on Release of 9/11 Terrorist Plotter to Montenegro Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 20, 2016 Letter to President Barack Obama - Create Special Envoy for Palestinian Youth Rep. Bobby Rush Washington, DC
June 20, 2016 Letter to President Donald Tusk, President of the European Council - Extend Russian Sanctions Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
June 20, 2016 Letter to President Barack Obama - Create Special Envoy for Palestinian Youth Rep. Danny Davis Washington, DC
June 20, 2016 Letter to President Barack Obama - Create Special Envoy for Palestinian Youth Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Washington, DC
June 17, 2016 Kirk Statement on Search for Former Guantanamo Detainee in Brazil Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 16, 2016 Schakowsky Statement to Foreign Affairs Committee on Women, Peace and Security Act Rep. Janice Schakowsky Unknown
June 15, 2016 Kirk Statement on Administration's Opposition to Fully Funding Israel's Missile Defense Request Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 14, 2016 National Defense Authorization Bill Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
June 14, 2016 Kirk Statement on Decision by German Bank with Illinois Ties to Shut Down Anti-Israel BDS Account Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 9, 2016 Letter to Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of Egypt - Preservation of Jewish Egyptian Heritage Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
June 9, 2016 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
June 9, 2016 Kirk Attends Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Address to Congress Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 9, 2016 National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2017 Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
June 9, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Barack Obama, President of the United States - Expand LGBT Protections In The Trans-Pacific Partnership Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
June 8, 2016 Schakowsky Statement on Prime Minister Modi Addressing the Joint Session of Congress Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
June 8, 2016 Durbin Hosts Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Bipartisan Senators Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
June 2, 2016 Kirk Statement on German Arrest of Syrian Terrorists Who Entered via Refugee Flows Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
May 26, 2016 Bipartisan Group Introduces Resolution Calling On E.U. To Fully Designate Hizballah As A Terrorist Organization Rep. Adam Kinzinger Washington, DC
May 26, 2016 Senators Kirk and Gillibrand Announce Key Senate Committee Approves $600 Million for Israeli Missile Defense, Measure Now Heads to Senate Floor Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
May 26, 2016 Bipartisan Group Introduces Resolution Calling on EU to Fully Designate Hizballah as a Terrorist Organization Rep. Adam Kinzinger Washington, DC
May 26, 2016 National Defense Authorization Bill Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
May 26, 2016 Senators Gillibrand And Kirk Announce Key Senate Committee Approves $600 Million For Israeli Missile Defense, Measure Now Heads To Senate Floor Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
May 25, 2016 Ukraine Caucus Statement On Savchenko Release Rep. Daniel Lipinski Washington, DC
May 25, 2016 Ukraine Caucus Statement On Savchenko Release Rep. Mike Quigley Washington, DC
May 25, 2016 Rep. Kinzinger Statement on Ukrainian Pilot Nadiya Savchenko's Release from Russian Prison Rep. Adam Kinzinger Washington, DC
May 25, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative- Clarify Position on Compulsory Licensing for Generic Medicines in Colombia Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
May 25, 2016 Kirk Statement on Single-Day Surge In Poorly Vetted Syrian Refugee Approvals Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
May 25, 2016 Ukraine Caucus Statement On Savchenko Release Rep. Robert Dold Washington, DC
May 25, 2016 Noem, Schakowsky, Royce and Engel Work to Ensure Women Have Role in Peace Negotiations Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
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