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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 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 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 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. Tammy Duckworth 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 14, 2016 Kirk Statement on House Passage of Bill to Punish Iranian Terrorism & Missile Threats Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Venezuela Resolution Introduced by Bipartisan Senators Sen. Richard Durbin 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 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 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 29, 2016 Schakowsky Statement on Republican Benghazi Report Rep. Janice Schakowsky Unknown
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 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 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 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. Mike Quigley 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. 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 Kirk Statement on Release of 9/11 Terrorist Plotter to Montenegro Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 23, 2016 Durbin and Cardin Applaud OAS Special Session on Venezuela Crisis Sen. Richard Durbin 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 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 20, 2016 Letter to President Donald Tusk, President of the European Council- Extend Russian Sanctions Sen. Richard Durbin 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 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 Kirk Attends Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Address to Congress Sen. Mark Kirk 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 9, 2016 Letter to Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of Egypt- Preservation of Jewish Egyptian Heritage 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 8, 2016 Schakowsky Statement on Prime Minister Modi Addressing the Joint Session of Congress Rep. Janice Schakowsky 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 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 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 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. Robert Dold 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 Ukraine Caucus Statement On Savchenko Release Rep. Daniel Lipinski 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 Noem, Schakowsky, Royce and Engel Work to Ensure Women Have Role in Peace Negotiations Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
May 18, 2016 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States-Syrian Refuge Resettlement Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
May 18, 2016 CNN.com- The Pitfalls of a Narcissistic Foreign Policy Rep. Adam Kinzinger Unknown
May 18, 2016 Rep. Roybal-Allard Joins Refugee Children and Families to Discuss Raids, Detention, and Conditions in Central America Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Washington, DC
May 17, 2016 Members of Congress Stand with Colombia Trade Unions and Call on Administration to Fully Enforce Colombia Free Trade Agreement Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
May 16, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States - Senators Demand President Obama Fire Top Advisor for Iran Deal Deception Camapaign Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
May 16, 2016 The Washington Free Beacon- Senators Demand Obama Fire Top Aide for Iran Deal Deception Sen. Mark Kirk Unknown
May 11, 2016 Reps. Kinzinger and Lieu Introduce Legislation to Counter Foreign Government Propaganda Rep. Adam Kinzinger Washington, DC
May 11, 2016 Reps. Lieu And Kinzinger Introduce Legislation To Counter Foreign Government Propaganda Rep. Daniel Lipinski Washington, DC
May 11, 2016 Kirk Statement on Vote to Stop Payments of U.S. Taxpayer Money to Iran's Nuclear Program Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
May 11, 2016 Reps. Lieu And Kinzinger Introduce Legislation To Counter Foreign Government Propaganda Rep. Mike Quigley Washington, DC
May 10, 2016 Kirk: "Rhodes Should Resign For Willfully, Actively Misleading Lawmakers' Sen. Mark Kirk Unknown
May 10, 2016 The Washington Free Beacon - Sen. Kirk Calls for Obama Aide to Resign Over Nuke Deal Deception Sen. Mark Kirk Unknown
May 10, 2016 Kirk Statement on Iran's Reported Test of High-Precision Ballistic Missile Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
May 9, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John F. Kerry, Secretary of State - Dominican Republic Elections Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
May 6, 2016 Isolation is Not an Option Rep. Adam Kinzinger Unknown
May 5, 2016 Rep. Lipinski: Enabling More Iranian Belligerence by Ignoring American Law and Providing Access to the U.S. Dollar is Not a Path to Peace Rep. Daniel Lipinski Unknown
May 4, 2016 Letter to President Obama - Calling on President Obama to Keep Sudan Humanitarian Crisis a High Priority Rep. Bobby Rush Washington, DC
May 4, 2016 Letter to President Obama - Calling on President Obama to Keep Sudan Humanitarian Crisis a High Priority Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
May 4, 2016 Letter to President Obama - Calling on President Obama to Keep Sudan Humanitarian Crisis a High Priority Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Washington, DC
May 4, 2016 Letter to President Obama - Calling on President Obama to Keep Sudan Humanitarian Crisis a High Priority Rep. Robin Kelly Washington, DC
May 4, 2016 Letter to President Obama - Calling on President Obama to Keep Sudan Humanitarian Crisis a High Priority Rep. Danny Davis Washington, DC
May 4, 2016 Letter to President Obama - Calling on President Obama to Keep Sudan Humanitarian Crisis a High Priority Rep. Daniel Lipinski Washington, DC
May 2, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State - Pushing for Investigation of Murder of Honduran Human Rights Defender Berta Cáceres Rep. Bobby Rush Washington, DC
May 2, 2016 Letter to Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior- Rep. Huffman Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging DOI to End Dangerous Oil & Gas Drilling in the Arctic Rep. Mike Quigley Washington, DC
May 2, 2016 Letter to Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior- Rep. Huffman Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging DOI to End Dangerous Oil & Gas Drilling in the Arctic Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Washington, DC
May 2, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State - Pushing for Investigation of Murder of Honduran Human Rights Defender Berta Cáceres Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Washington, DC
May 2, 2016 Roskam, Walorski: No Defense Contracts for Terror Profiteers Rep. Peter Roskam Washington, DC
May 2, 2016 Letter to Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior- Rep. Huffman Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging DOI to End Dangerous Oil & Gas Drilling in the Arctic Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
May 2, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State - Pushing for Investigation of Murder of Honduran Human Rights Defender Berta Cáceres Rep. Bill Foster Washington, DC
May 2, 2016 Letter to Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior- Rep. Huffman Leads Bipartisan Letter Urging DOI to End Dangerous Oil & Gas Drilling in the Arctic Rep. Robert Dold Washington, DC
May 2, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State - Pushing for Investigation of Murder of Honduran Human Rights Defender Berta Cáceres Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
April 29, 2016 Engel, Kinzinger Offer Sweeping Legislation to Address Crisis in Ukraine Rep. Adam Kinzinger Washington, DC
April 28, 2016 Sens. Mark Kirk and Marco Rubio: If Iran Wants Access to the Dollar it Must Clean up its Act Sen. Mark Kirk Unknown
April 28, 2016 Fox News - Sens. Rubio and Kirk: If Iran Wants Access to the Dollar It Must Clean Up Its Act Sen. Mark Kirk Unknown
April 26, 2016 Kirk Hosts Human Rights Caucus Event on Boko Haram's Continued Terror in Northern Africa Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
April 24, 2016 Letter to President Barack Obama - Call for Temporary Protected Status for Ecuador in Wake of Devastating Earthquake Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Washington, DC
April 23, 2016 Kirk Calls on Administration to Recognize Armenian Massacres as Genocide Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
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