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Mike Quigley's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 5, Democratic
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Mike Quigley has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice America (
  • "Our first order of business is to prevent unintended pregnancies, and by supporting organizations with family planning services, we can do just that. Educating and communicating are principal factors that will deter unplanned pregnancies. However, Mike believes that a woman's right to choose is just that -- her right -- and will fight to protect it." (
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I agree with President Obama that we must extend middle-class tax cuts, but end the support for those making over $250,000 a year." (
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Cosponsored H.R.3382 "Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013" (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The most urgent legislation will provide at least $400 billion in infrastructure and other investments to create jobs immediately. This will accomplish two principal goals: Stemming the tide of job losses and rebuilding and creating a new infrastructure that will serve America's energy, transportation, communications needs for decades to come." (
  • "By rebuilding our crumbling schools and investing in broadband infrastructure, we can take this opportunity to better prepare and better train our workers for the jobs of the 21st Century. […] Whenever possible, our stimulus funds should be targeted and should encourage this new growth." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] Congress must provide a tax cut for working families who are struggling right now. Mike will support the Obama-Biden tax plan to provide tax relief for as many as 150 million working Americans." (
  • "Eliminating bad tax expenditures that benefit special interest groups would mean that we could lower income taxes for all Americans, without raising revenue." (
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The administration has done an excellent job so far promoting educational reforms and laying the groundwork for the reauthorization of a reformed No Child Left Behind Act. For example, the Race to the Top program illustrates how the Federal government can use its resources to incentivize states to hold themselves to a higher standard and implement unprecedented reforms. " (
  • "We need an ESEA that returns to its original purpose of fighting poverty and ensuring equity, one that holds States and districts accountable for providing equitable resources, one that includes a system of supportive interventions for struggling schools and students […]" (
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Keystone XL Pipeline is a bad deal for America." (
  • Voted against S.1 "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We should create the green collar economy, which will have the added benefit of increasing our national security by lessening our dependence on foreign oil." (
  • "Renewable energy can be a cornerstone of sustainable economic growth by creating competitive, green jobs of the future, and the long term cost of inaction for our environment far outweighs today's price tag." (
  • "Illinois stands to greatly benefit by investments in a clean-energy economy, according to a recent report by the Center for American Progress." (
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mike spoke on the House floor in defense of the Clean Air Act, opposing amendments meant to strip its power." (
  • "Congressman Mike Quigley responded with this statement regarding the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) […] his bill will grow our GDP, help clear our air of harmful pollution, create clean energy jobs that will stay in America, and provide us with both environmental and economic hope for tomorrow." (
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence (
  • "Ending the American epidemic of gun violence will require more than a change in law. It is clear we need a change in our culture; but oftentimes, changing our culture starts with changing our laws." (
  • "Quigley also led the effort to submit a 'friends of the court' brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of Chicago's gun ban. In addition, he has called for a reauthorization of the Assault Weapons Ban and regularly speaks on the House floor about the need for gun laws that protect citizens." (
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Since coming to Congress in 2009, I have been a strong supporter of policies that will improve the overall health of my constituents. This includes supporting the Affordable Care Act, advocating for robust biomedical research funding and protecting Medicare for seniors." (
  • "[…] thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans can now access affordable health insurance. With a focus on personal responsibility, preventive care, consumer protections, and increased choices, the Affordable Care Act has helped empower Americans to lead healthier lives." (
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Mike was a strong supporter of the DREAM Act, giving everyone born in the United States an opportunity to attend college or serve in the military. Mike believes we must document the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants currently in the United States." (
  • "As a member of Congress, Mike would join forces with Congressman Luis Gutierrez and others to enact legislation providing a path toward citizenship for law-abiding immigrants who have been in this country for many years-while, at the same time, protecting the integrity of America's borders." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 5281 "DREAM Act" (
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "With its continued perseverance, the LGBT rights movement has made remarkable progress in recent years in demanding equality throughout our country. Because of their hard work and dedication, 37 states and the District of Columbia enjoy marriage equality, encompassing 70 percent of the American population." (
  • "Whether it's fighting for marriage equality, fighting against senseless discrimination, or fighting on behalf of those who cannot defend themselves, Mike believes that we must be guided by doing what's right, what's fair, and what's just." (
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "He believes in a strong national defense that is focused on defending the nation, not acting as a global policeman or engaging in nation building." (
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 100% by Alliance for Retired Americans (


Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

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Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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