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Mike Quigley's Public Statements on Issue: Foreign Affairs

Office: U.S. House (IL) - District 5, Democratic
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House - District 5
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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
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
May 25, 2016 Ukraine Caucus Statement On Savchenko Release
May 11, 2016 Reps. Lieu And Kinzinger Introduce Legislation To Counter Foreign Government Propaganda
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
April 22, 2016 Letter to Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki Al-Saud, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States- Saudi LGBTQ Community and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia
April 21, 2016 Letter to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of the United States - On the Paris Climate Agreement
March 22, 2016 Quigley Statement on Terrorist Attack in Brussels
March 15, 2016 Letter to The Honorable Mike Simpson, Chairman, and Honorable Marcy Kaptur, Ranking Memeber, Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, House on Appropriations-Fund Israel Energy Cooperation
Jan. 13, 2016 Ukraine Caucus Members Again Urge Savchenko's Release
Dec. 11, 2015 Transcript of Press Conference with Members of Planned Congressional Delegation to Paris Climate Conference
Dec. 4, 2015 Letter to the Hon. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House - Reject Attempts to Block Refugee Program in Omnibus Bill
Nov. 3, 2015 Letter to President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority - Violence in the West Bank and Israel
Sept. 29, 2015 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Peace Talks to End Syrian Civil War
Sept. 22, 2015 Huffington Post: People Over Politics: The Pope's Call to Congress
Sept. 11, 2015 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Resettle More Syrian Refugees
Sept. 9, 2015 Chicago Tribune- Why we support an imperfect Iran nuclear deal
Sept. 9, 2015 Quigley Announces Support of Iran Deal
July 27, 2015 Letter to John Kerry, Secretary of State - LGBT Foreign Service Officers
July 14, 2015 Quigley Offers Amendment to Include Poland in the Visa Waiver Program
May 14, 2015 Quigley Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act
April 30, 2015 Letter to John Kerry, Secretary of State, Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation - U.S. Open Skies Policy
April 15, 2015 Recognizing the 40th Anniversary of Cambodian Day of Remembrance
March 20, 2015 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Iran Nuclear Negotiations
Jan. 28, 2015 Congressional Ukrainian Caucus Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Calling for Release of Nadiya Savchenko
Jan. 27, 2015 Congressional Ukrainian Caucus Introduces Bipartisan Resolution Calling for Release of Nadiya Savchenko
Jan. 1, 2015 Issue Positions: Foreign Affairs
Jan. 1, 2015 Issue Position: Immigration
Nov. 18, 2014 The Congress of Abandoned Authority
Nov. 14, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Urging Funding to Protect LGBT Human Rights Globally
Oct. 1, 2014 Letter to John Kerry, Secretary of State - Expressing Concern About Iran's Refusal to Cooperate with International Nuclear Inspectors
Sept. 16, 2014 Ukraine President's Upcoming Address to Joint Session of Congress
July 24, 2014 The Tragedy of Flight MH-17
July 9, 2014 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015
July 9, 2014 Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Consult Congress on Iran Nuclear Negotiations
June 10, 2014 Quigley Calls for Nuclear Weapon Cost Sharing Among NATO Allies
May 29, 2014 Letter to John Kerry, Secretary of State - Human Rights Abuses in Honduras
April 29, 2014 Quigley Concludes Official Visit to Ukraine
April 25, 2014 CNN "Newsroom" - Transcript: Crimean Crisis
April 16, 2014 WTTW "Chicago Tonight"- Transcript: Crimean Delegation
April 1, 2014 Recognizing Cambodian Day of Remembrance
Feb. 20, 2014 Quigley Condemns Ukrainian Violence and Calls for Targeted Sanctions
Feb. 6, 2014 Joint Statement on Meeting with Ukrainian Parliamentarians
Jan. 28, 2014 Ukraine
Jan. 17, 2014 Letter to Curtis Marez, President of the American Studies Association - Condemning Academic Boycott of Israel
Jan. 9, 2014 Uncertainty With Iran
Jan. 1, 2014 Issue Position: Foreign Affairs
Dec. 3, 2013 Quigley Statement on Ukrainian Demonstration Violence
Nov. 1, 2013 Huffington Post - The Rights of Our Daughters: Fighting for Global Reproductive Health
Oct. 29, 2013 Ukraine's 80th Anniversary of Man-Made Famine and Genocide
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