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Aug. 16, 2016 Kirk Statement on Single Largest Transfer of Guantanamo Bay Terrorist Detainees Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
Aug. 10, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services; the Honorable Jack Reed, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services; the Honorable Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services and the Honorable Adam Smith, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Armed Services - Support the Afghan Special Immigration Visa Program Rep. Robert Dold Washington, DC
Aug. 10, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services; the Honorable Jack Reed, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services; the Honorable Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services and the Honorable Adam Smith, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Armed Services - Support the Afghan Special Immigration Visa Program Rep. Adam Kinzinger Washington, DC
Aug. 9, 2016 With Zika in Illinois, Davis Calls on President to Re-Direct Millions in Unspent Ebola Funding to Fight Zika Rep. Rodney Davis Washington, DC
Aug. 5, 2016 Letter to Mr. Paul Wiedefeld, General Manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority - Cummings, Norton, Lynch, Connolly, Duckworth Request Briefing on WMATA's Security Protocols After Recent Arrest of Metro Police Officer Rep. Tammy Duckworth Washington, DC
Aug. 5, 2016 With Zika in Illinois, It's Time to Pass Urgent Funding Rep. Randall Hultgren Washington, DC
Aug. 4, 2016 Letter to Honorable Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, and the Honorable Paul Ryan, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives - Senate Democrats Urge Congress to Return to Fight Zika Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
July 28, 2016 Senator Kirk Statement on Missing Guantanamo Detainee Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
July 27, 2016 Kirk Statement on ISIS Terrorist Attacks in France and Germany Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
July 25, 2016 Letter to the Hon. John Roth, Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security - Urban Area Security Initiative Rep. Tammy Duckworth Washington, DC
July 22, 2016 Kirk Statement on Shooting in Munich, Germany Sen. Mark Kirk Chicago, IL
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 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 Defense Appropriations Bill Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 We Need to Get Back to Work Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
July 14, 2016 Op-Ed By Jan Schakowsky: Schakowsky: Let's Celebrate the One-Year Anniversary of the Iran Deal Instead of Undermining its Progress Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
July 13, 2016 Kirk Applauds Passage Of FAA Reauthorization Protecting Air Travel Passengers Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
July 13, 2016 Schakowsky Votes Against Continued Efforts to Undermine the Iran Nuclear Deal Rep. Janice Schakowsky Unknown
July 13, 2016 1-Year Anniversary Rep. Peter Roskam Washington, DC
July 12, 2016 Joint Hearing of the National Security Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Information Technology Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee - "Digital Acts of War: Evolving the Cybersecurity Conversation" Kelly Opening Statement Rep. Robin Kelly 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 Rush Statement on Dallas Shooting Rep. Bobby Rush Washington, DC
July 8, 2016 Statement Of Congressman Danny K. Davis On Recent Events In Minnesota, Louisiana And Texas Rep. Danny Davis Unknown
July 8, 2016 Schakowsky Statement on the Dallas Shootings and the Ongoing Violence in America Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
July 8, 2016 Quigley Statement on Dallas Shootings Rep. Mike Quigley Washington, DC
July 8, 2016 Dold Statement on Dallas Shooting Rep. Robert Dold Washington, DC
July 8, 2016 Statement on Dallas Police Killings Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Washington, DC
July 8, 2016 Tammy Duckworth's Statement on Dallas Police Shootings Rep. Tammy Duckworth Unknown
July 7, 2016 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2017 Rep. Peter Roskam Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 The Hill - Better Refugee Screening, Bipartisan Gun Bill Needed to Protect Homeland Sen. Mark Kirk Unknown
July 7, 2016 Tammy Duckworth on Alton Sterling & Philando Castile Police-Involved Shooting Deaths Rep. Tammy Duckworth Unknown
July 7, 2016 Quigley Introduces Bill to Name Post Office in Honor of Fallen Chicago Police Officer Rep. Mike Quigley Washington, DC
July 7, 2016 Ahead of Warsaw Summit, Reps. Young and Kinzinger call for coordinated NATO campaign against ISIS Rep. Adam Kinzinger Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Congresswoman Robin Kelly Convenes IT Subcommittee Field Hearing To Identify Cyber-Security Issues Affecting Chicago Businesses Rep. Robin Kelly Unknown
July 6, 2016 Kirk Statement on Former Guantanamo Terrorist Detainee Missing in Brazil Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
July 6, 2016 Rep. Lipinski Announces Grant for Lemont Fire Protection District Rep. Daniel Lipinski Unknown
July 6, 2016 Rep. Lipinski Announces Grant for Stickney Fire Department Rep. Daniel Lipinski Unknown
July 5, 2016 Duckworth: Orlando Massacre Shows Terror, Hate & Guns Are Tied Together, Require Comprehensive & Coordinated Fixes Rep. Tammy Duckworth Washington, DC
July 2, 2016 Kirk Statement on ISIS Terror Attack in Bangladesh Sen. Mark Kirk Chicago, IL
July 1, 2016 Letter to The Honorable John Thune, Chairman of Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, The Honorable Bill Nelson. Ranking Member of Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, The Honorable Bill Shuster, Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, The Honorable Peter DeFazio, Ranking Member of Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure - Push to Pass Security Measure to Support DIA Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
July 1, 2016 Letter to John Thune and Bill Nelson, Respectively Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; Bill Shuster and Peter DeFazio, Respectively Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure - Heinrich Leads Effort to Attach Airport Security Measure to FAA Reauthorization Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
June 29, 2016 Kirk Statement on ISIS Suicide Terrorist Bombings at Airport in Turkey Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
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 28, 2016 Durbin Speaks Out Against Anti-Muslim Bigotry in Cruz Hearing on "Radical Islam' Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
June 28, 2016 Select Committee on Benghazi Releases Proposed Report Rep. Peter Roskam Washington, DC
June 28, 2016 Bost Issues Statement on Benghazi Report Rep. Michael Bost Washington, DC
June 28, 2016 Rep. Kinzinger Statement on Benghazi Full Report Rep. Adam Kinzinger Washington, DC
June 27, 2016 Democrats Issue Benghazi Report And Release Interview Transcripts Rep. Tammy Duckworth Washington, DC
June 27, 2016 Daily Herald - Sen. Mark Kirk: Congress Must and Can Pass Gun Control Legislation Sen. Mark Kirk Unknown
June 24, 2016 Rep. Thompson, Moulton, Curbelo, Bipartisan Group of Members Introduce Legislation to Prevent Terrorists From Buying Firearms Rep. Robert Dold Washington, DC
June 24, 2016 Dold, Kelly, Bipartisan Coalition Introduce Compromise Bill to Reduce Gun Violence Rep. Robert Dold Washington, DC
June 24, 2016 Rep. Thompson, Moulton, Curbelo, Bipartisan Group of Members Introduce Legislation to Prevent Terrorists From Buying Firearms Rep. Robin Kelly Washington, DC
June 24, 2016 Dold, Kelly, Bipartisan Coalition Introduce Compromise Bill to Reduce Gun Violence Rep. Robin Kelly Washington, DC
June 23, 2016 Kirk Statement on Release of 9/11 Terrorist Plotter to Montenegro Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 23, 2016 Quad-City Times - Gitmo Is the Best Place for Enemy Combatants Sen. Mark Kirk Unknown
June 22, 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
June 22, 2016 Quigley Pushes for Increase in U.S. Homeland Security Grant Funding for States and Localities Rep. Mike Quigley Washington, DC
June 22, 2016 Roskam, Boustany Fight Terror with New Tax Legislation Targeting Boeing Iran Deal Rep. Peter Roskam Washington, DC
June 21, 2016 Kirk: Congress Misses Another Opportunity To Effect Real Change On Gun Control Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 21, 2016 USA Today- Rep. Roskam: Boeing Deal is Plain Wrong Rep. Peter Roskam Unknown
June 21, 2016 Gun Violence Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
June 20, 2016 Hearing of the Information Technology Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform - Field Briefing on "Federal Efforts to Improve Cybersecurity" Kelly Opening Statement Rep. Robin Kelly Chicago, IL
June 17, 2016 Feinstein/Kirk "No Fly-No Buy" Amendment Scheduled for Monday Vote in Senate Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 17, 2016 Kirk Statement on Search for Former Guantanamo Detainee in Brazil Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 17, 2016 Hultgren Supports House Action to Strengthen Counterterrorism Efforts Rep. Randall Hultgren Washington, DC
June 16, 2016 Letter to Dennis Muilenburg, The Boeing Corporation- Boeing Should Not Weaponize the Islamic Republic Rep. Peter Roskam Washington, DC
June 16, 2016 Kirk, Nelson Introduce Legislation To Alert FBI If Terror Suspect Buys Guns Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 16, 2016 Tammy Duckworth Proposes Legislation to Keep America Safe & Reduce TSA Delays Rep. Tammy Duckworth Washington, DC
June 16, 2016 House Passes Counterterrorism Bills in Wake of Orlando Rep. Rodney Davis Washington, DC
June 15, 2016 Politico- Kirk Asks FBI to Step Up Security Role for Chicago Pride Parade Sen. Mark Kirk Chicago, IL
June 15, 2016 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016 Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
June 14, 2016 Time for Action Rep. Robert Dold Washington, DC
June 13, 2016 CLTV's Politics Tonight Interview- Orlando Shooting Response Rep. Mike Quigley Unknown
June 13, 2016 LaHood Legislation Passes House Floor With Bipartisan Support to Streamline and Modernize the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program Rep. Darin LaHood Washington, DC
June 12, 2016 Dold Statement on Orlando Terror Attack Targeting LGBT Community Rep. Robert Dold Lincolnshire, IL
June 12, 2016 Rep. LaHood's Statement in Response to Orlando Massacre Rep. Darin LaHood Unknown
June 12, 2016 Kirk Statement on Anti-Gay Terrorist Attack at Florida Nightclub Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 12, 2016 Congresswoman Cheri Bustos Statement on Mass Shooting at Pulse Nightclub Rep. Cheri Bustos Unknown
June 10, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Peter Neffenger, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration - Implement Measure to Protect Rail and Transit Passengers Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
June 10, 2016 A Better Way To Keep Us Safe: Rep. Darin LaHood Supports House Republicans' Newly Unveiled Policy Agenda Aimed At Strengthening National Security Rep. Darin LaHood Unknown
June 9, 2016 Kirk Statement on Former Guantanamo Detainees Implicated In Attacks On Americans Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 9, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Peter Neffenger, Administrator, Transportation Security Administration - Railroad Soft Targets Sen. Richard Durbin Washington, DC
June 8, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John Carter and the Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard - TSA Delays and Improve Efficiency and Increase Workforce Rep. Bill Foster Washington, DC
June 8, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John Carter and the Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard - TSA Delays and Improve Efficiency and Increase Workforce Rep. Bobby Rush Washington, DC
June 8, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John Carter and the Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard - TSA Delays and Improve Efficiency and Increase Workforce Rep. Mike Quigley Washington, DC
June 8, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John Carter and the Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard - TSA Delays and Improve Efficiency and Increase Workforce Rep. Cheri Bustos Washington, DC
June 8, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John Carter and the Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard - TSA Delays and Improve Efficiency and Increase Workforce Rep. Robin Kelly Washington, DC
June 8, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John Carter and the Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard - TSA Delays and Improve Efficiency and Increase Workforce Rep. Janice Schakowsky Washington, DC
June 8, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John Carter and the Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard - TSA Delays and Improve Efficiency and Increase Workforce Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Washington, DC
June 6, 2016 Bost Blasts NGA's Rejection of St. Clair Site Rep. Michael Bost Washington, DC
June 2, 2016 Kirk Statement on German Arrest of Syrian Terrorists Who Entered via Refugee Flows Sen. Mark Kirk Washington, DC
June 2, 2016 Davis Statement on NGA Decision Rep. Rodney Davis Washington, DC
May 31, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Ashton Carter, Secretary of Defense - Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental Rep. Robin Kelly Washington, DC
May 29, 2016 Quigley Announces Unanimous Passage of Intelligence Authorization Act by House Intelligence Committee Rep. Mike Quigley Washington, DC
May 27, 2016 Bost Announces Deadline for Fire Department Grants Rep. Michael Bost Washington, DC
May 27, 2016 Bipartisan Bill to Ease Congestion at TSA Screening Checkpoints Rep. Robert Dold Washington, DC
May 26, 2016 Davis Meets With FEMA Administrator, Urges Change to Disaster Declaration Process Rep. Rodney Davis 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
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