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Mike Quigley's Public Statements

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 5, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 5
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July 18, 2016 Letter to Mr. Andrew M. Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - Update Lead Screening Policy to Protect Children
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
July 14, 2016 Quigley Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Make All Congressional Reports Public
July 13, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House- Act on Flint Before House Adjourns
July 12, 2016 CNN- Gay Blood Donor Ban Based On Fear, Not Science
July 12, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House - Swalwell Leads Call for New Policy Regarding Cameras on House Floor
July 8, 2016 Quigley Statement on Dallas Shootings
July 7, 2016 Quigley Introduces Bill to Name Post Office in Honor of Fallen Chicago Police Officer
July 6, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Harold Rogers, Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, the Honorable Tom Cole, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations, the Honorable Nita M. Lowey, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Appropriations, and the Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro, Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on the Departments of Labor, Health, and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations - Pell Grant Protections
July 3, 2016 Chicago Sun Times- Opinion: Delaying a Bath or Shower Can Make River Cleaner
June 30, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Gina McCarthy, Administrator, EPA - Urging EPA to Update Lead & Copper Rule
June 29, 2016 Quigley Marks National Day of Action for Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention
June 25, 2016 Quigley & Chicago LGBT Community Leaders Stand in Support of Equality Act during Chicago Pride
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
June 22, 2016 Quigley Pushes for Increase in U.S. Homeland Security Grant Funding for States and Localities
June 21, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Sally Jewel, Secretary of the Interior, Christy Goldfuss, Managing Director of the Council on Environmental Quality, and Neil Kornze, Director of the Bureau of Land Management - Coal Regulations
June 20, 2016 Letter to Commisioner Robert M. Califf, U.S. Food and Drug Administration- End Discriminatory Blood Ban on Gay and Bisexual Men
June 19, 2016 CNN Interview- Transcript: Discriminatory Blood Ban
June 18, 2016 Quigley's "Chicago Climate Change Tour" Assesses Local Mitigation & Sustainability Efforts
June 16, 2016 Quigley Amendment Prioritizes Nuclear Non-Proliferation & Deficit Reduction in Defense Appropriations Bill
June 16, 2016 NPR Morning Edition Interview- Rep. Quigley: Orlando Tragedy Highlights Discriminatory Blood Donation Rule
June 15, 2016 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2017
June 14, 2016 Quigley, House Members and LGBT Allies Push FDA to End Discriminatory Blood Ban on Gay and Bisexual Men
June 13, 2016 The Hill- How Congress Can Keep America's Top Talent in Tourism
June 13, 2016 CLTV's Politics Tonight Interview- Orlando Shooting Response
June 13, 2016 Quigley, Lee, Baldwin Statement on Blood Donor Ban in Light of Pulse Nightclub Mass Shooting
June 9, 2016 Quigley Prioritizes Spending to Protect Privacy Rights of Americans
June 9, 2016 Quigley Statement in Support of Puerto Rican Debt Compromise
June 9, 2016 Quigley Fights for Equal Access to Abortion Services in D.C
June 8, 2016 Members of Congress Call on House Leadership to Lift Gun Violence Research Ban
June 8, 2016 Letter to the Honorable John Carter and the Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard - TSA Delays and Improve Efficiency and Increase Workforce
June 8, 2016 Kelly, House Democrats Call for Repeal of Gun Violence Research Ban
June 8, 2016 Letter to The Honorable John Carter, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security and The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Homeland Security - Seeking To Improve Efficiency & Lift Arbitrary Cap On Screeners
June 8, 2016 Letter to President Barack Obama- Opposing Offshore Seismic Testing
May 31, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Paul Ryan, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, and The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives -Call on House Leadership to Lift Gun Violence Research Ban
May 31, 2016 New GAO Report Highlights Value of Broadcasting Supreme Court and Appellate Court Proceedings
May 29, 2016 Quigley Announces Unanimous Passage of Intelligence Authorization Act by House Intelligence Committee
May 26, 2016 Quigley and Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Secure Transportation Accessibility Performance Measure in THUD Bill
May 26, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Gina McCarthy, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency- Protect Pollinators & Further Examine Impacts of Pesticides on Pollinators
May 25, 2016 Waters, Carson, Ellison, Grijalva, and Quigley Applaud Transportation Accessibility Performance Measure in THUD
May 25, 2016 Ukraine Caucus Statement On Savchenko Release
May 25, 2016 Quigley Secures Funding for Chicago Transportation & Housing Priorities
May 24, 2016 Climate Change and National Security
May 24, 2016 Quigley Pushes for O'Hare Noise Relief in THUD Appropriations Bill
May 24, 2016 Letter to the Hon. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House - Disband the Select Panel
May 23, 2016 Celebrating the Ukrainian National Museum
May 23, 2016 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
May 23, 2016 House Passes Federal Real Estate Management Reform Bills that Will Save Taxpayers Billions
May 20, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency - Call to Update Lead and Copper Rule Following Flint Water Crisis
May 20, 2016 Quigley Visits Brain Tumor Institute at Lurie Cancer Center
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