Representative Mike Quigley's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 5, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 5
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  • Rated 100% by Planned Parenthood Action Fund https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/83310/mike-quigley/75#.WmpD_HXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "GOP: Stop placing women's health needs at risk w/ bills that strip away constitutional right to choose #StopTheBans" https://twitter.com/RepMikeQuigley/status/915343208418222080 (twitter.com)
  • "As a male member of the pro-choice caucus, I know that for far too long women have fought alone to protect their right to affordable, reliable birth control. I am proud to stand up as an ally in the fight to protect our care and protect access to contraception." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1208295/quigley-speaks-at-hands-off-my-birth-control-rally-urges-men-to-step-up-in-protecting-access-to-affordable-reliable-contraception#.WmpDvnXLAfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "Today, Republicans shamefully forced their partisan tax bill through Congress and on to the desk of President Trump. This is fantastic news if you are in the top 1 percent of earners who will receive 83 percent of the tax cuts, are a tax lawyer hired to exploit new loopholes, or are part of Trump's inner circle. But if you are a member of one of the 86 million middle-class families who will see their taxes go up in the next decade or one of the 13 million Americans that will lose healthcare coverage because of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, then today's vote will be remembered as nothing more than another giveaway to the wealthiest among us on the backs of families struggling to get by." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1214461/quigley-statement-on-passage-of-the-republican-tax-reform-bill#.WmpEPnXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 16% by National Taxpayers Union https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/83310/mike-quigley#.WmpE5nXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "While comprehensive tax reform can help to promote economic prosperity, debt-financed tax cuts--paid for by our children and grandchildren--will severely slow growth. Furthermore, the vast majority of the benefits under this bill will not go toward hardworking middle-class families but rather the top 1 percent of earners." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206100/quigley-statement-on-house-republicans-tax-plan/?search=tax%20reform#.WjFZsme3wfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "Rep. Quigley has also been a proponent for nuclear arms reduction, working in the House Appropriations Committee to overhaul unlimited defense spending." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1115187/quigley-statement-on-bastille-day-attack-in-nice-france/?search=defense%20spending#.WjFYF2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • " I firmly believe in a strong national defense, but instead of providing certainty to our military, this bill neglects caps on defense spending by adding tens of billions of dollars in base budget costs to off-budget war accounts, creates a massive hole in next year's budget, destabilizes long-term defense planning, and ignores domestic priorities." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/993463/quigley-statement-on-passage-of-defense-appropriations-bill/?search=defense%20spending#.WjFYRme3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We could cut our defense spending in half and still be spending more than our current and potential adversaries combined […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1027675/issue-position-defense-and-national-security/?search=defense%20spending#.WjFY5me3wfI (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 94% by Common Cause https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/83310/mike-quigley#.WjFVb2e3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "With each election cycle becoming more expensive than the last, we need the Democracy for All Amendment to protect the integrity of the democratic process, limit big money in our elections and strengthen our democracy by promoting an efficient, effective and open government." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/950624/quigley-re-introduces-democracy-for-all-amendment/?search=citizens%20united#.WjFXE2e3wfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "#Infrastructure investments are great for #economy, jobs, commuters & way of life." https://twitter.com/RepMikeQuigley/status/919351113467404288 (twitter.com)
  • "While we must improve transportation structures that help Americans get from point A to point B safely and efficiently, our investment must go beyond roads and bridges to cover all aspects of our country's infrastructure, from the electric grid and water pipes to river locks, freight systems, and broadband access. Investing in our connected infrastructure system is the key to improving quality of life, strengthening our economic competitiveness, and securing our leadership in a changing world." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1162070/quigley-statement-on-d-report-card-for-americas-infrastructure#.WmpFd3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Voted in favor of HR.22 "Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act" https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/54470#.Wmi7tnXLAfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "Although it's clear that President Trump and his family will do very well from the business tax reductions under this bill, there is no evidence that ordinary workers will see any significant changes in their paychecks." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1208296/quigley-statement-on-passage-of-house-republicans-tax-bill/?search=business%20tax#.WjFaDWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "While comprehensive tax reform can help to promote economic prosperity, debt-financed tax cuts--paid for by our children and grandchildren--will severely slow growth. Furthermore, the vast majority of the benefits under this bill will not go toward hardworking middle-class families but rather the top 1 percent of earners." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1206100/quigley-statement-on-house-republicans-tax-plan/?search=tax%20reform#.WjFZsme3wfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "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 […]" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/967937/esea/?search=no%20child%20left%20behind#.VlNcSmwViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by the National Education Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/83310/mike-quigley/27#.Wfxq_me3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization is good news for students, parents, and teachers across the country. The agreement includes strong federal safeguards to ensure all students have access to a quality education, expands access to preschool, reduces dependence on high-stakes testing, and much more." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1055726/quigley-statement-on-passage-of-elementary-and-secondary-education-act-reauthorization#.WmpGU3XLAfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "#Solar jobs pay well & create local economic growth while providing America with #cleanenergy. Our government should be supporting renewable energy industries, not undercutting their progress." https://twitter.com/RepMikeQuigley/status/955848782708707328 (twitter.com)
  • "U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as a member of the House Appropriations Committee and as Vice Chair of the Sustainable Energy & Environment Coalition (SEEC), offered an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2018 Energy and Water Development Subcommittee appropriations bill moving $921 million from nuclear weapons to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1187633/quigley-offers-amendment-moving-921-million-from-nuclear-weapons-to-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy#.WmpG03XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Mike has worked tirelessly to advocate for environmentally-conscious government. 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." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1027679/issue-position-energyenvironment/?search=renewable%20energy#.WmpHR3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by American Energy Alliance https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/83310/mike-quigley/29#.WmpHlXXLAfI (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 100% by Environment America https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/83310/mike-quigley/30#.WmpIl3XLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The American people are speaking loud & clear: U.S. policies must lead the charge on combating global #ClimateChange" https://twitter.com/RepMikeQuigley/status/917742174191734784 (twitter.com)
  • "The decision to withdraw the Clean Power Plan is completely tone-deaf to the changing world in which we live. It is not just bad policy; it will put lives at risk and make it that much more difficult to slow the threat of global climate change." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1200269/quigley-statement-on-trump-administrations-decision-to-repeal-the-clean-power-plan#.WmpIAHXLAfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "I'm proud of my F rating from the #NRA and was even more proud to join the #RejectTheNRA rally & the Vigil for #LasVegas in #Chicago today." https://twitter.com/RepMikeQuigley/status/917531684748320769 (twitter.com)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/991184/gun-violence#.VlNgI2wViko (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by the National Rifle Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/83310/mike-quigley/37#.WfxrEme3wfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/849032/affordable-care-act/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VYxkvnUVhHw (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 100% by American Public Health Association https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/83310/mike-quigley/38#.WmpJEHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "RT to spread the word about #ACA #openenrollment, which begins today & runs through 12/15! We won't let Trump cripple this live-saving law." https://twitter.com/RepMikeQuigley/status/925745089753862144 (twitter.com)

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  • "I'd also like to point out that the President's budget hinders the security of this country by prioritizing a wasteful border wall over agencies and programs we know keep Americans safe." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1187581/hearing-of-the-financial-services-and-general-government-appropriations-subcommittee-of-the-house-financial-service-committee-opening-statement-of-rep-mike-quigley-hearing-on-the-questioning-of-mick-mulvaney-regarding-trumps-budget-proposal/?search=border%20wall#.WjFUkWe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "The Trump Budget also hinders the security of this country by prioritizing a wasteful border wall over agencies and programs we know keep Americans safe." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1161874/quigley-statement-on-the-trump-budget/?search=border#.WjFUX2e3wfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "Today, the President has once again proven that his policy towards immigrants is rooted solely in prejudice. Ending DACA is unnecessary and unjustifiable, with over 800,000 DREAMers living in America and contributing to its growth and success. These immigrants came here as young children in search of the values and ideals our nation was founded upon -- life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Like all people living in this great country, DREAMers are striving to obtain their own American Dream." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1196664/quigley-statement-on-president-trumps-decision-to-end-daca#.WmpJlHXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 0% by Numbers USA https://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/83310/mike-quigley/40#.WmpJ7HXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, I had another special opportunity to meet with Chicago DREAMers that make our communities stronger, safer, and more successful. I thanked them for their contributions to our society and for their unwavering commitment to equality, opportunity, and all the values that Americans hold dear. It is time to support these individuals like they have supported us by putting yesterday's discussion into practice and quickly reaching a legislative agreement." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1219371/following-trumps-daca-roundtable-and-court-order-to-restart-program-quigley-meets-with-chicago-dreamers#.WmpJYXXLAfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Failing to protect #DREAMers would impact every state (& their economies) from coast to coast. #DefendDACA" https://twitter.com/RepMikeQuigley/status/922890451564277762 (twitter.com)

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  • Signed a letter stating, "We request that you instruct Attorney General Holder to delist or classify marijuana in a more appropriate way, at the very least eliminating it from Schedule I or II. Furthermore, one would hope that that your Administration officials publicly reflect your views on this matter. Statements such as the one from DEA chief of operations James L. Capra that the legalization of marijuana at the state level is 'reckless and irresponsible' serve no purposes other than to inflame passions and misinform the public." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/847118/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-reschedule-marijuana#.WmpKFHXLAfI (votesmart.org)

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  • "I'm very pleased and proud that the House overwhelmingly passed bipartisan sanctions legislation to hold Russia, Iran, and North Korea accountable for their destabilizing activities around the globe." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1187686/quigley-statement-on-sanctions-passage/?search=korea#.WjFb7We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Escalating tensions with North Korea reinforce the need for a strong multilateral diplomatic approach to rolling back the rouge nation's nuclear program and intensifying our global efforts to prevent a 21st century nuclear arms race […]" https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1186218/as-trump-administration-reviews-us-nuclear-policy-blumenauer-smith-lee-quigley-lead-call-for-a-more-rational-approach/?search=korea#.WjFcFGe3wfI (votesmart.org)

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  • Signed a letter stating: "Convening international negotiations to end the Syria conflict would be in the best interests of US and global security, and is also, more importantly, a moral imperative." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1015998/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-peace-talks-to-end-syrian-civil-war/?search=middle%20east#.WjFa8We3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "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." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/662441/issue-position-foreign-policy#.VYxpzHUVhHw (votesmart.org)

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