Mike Quigley – IL5

Mike Quigley

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Current Position: US Representative for IL District 5 since 2009
Affiliation: Democrat

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Congressman Mike Quigley discusses partisan clash over infrastructure bill
July 4, 2021

 

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Mike Quigley was elected to Congress to represent Illinois’ 5th District after serving his community for more than thirty years. He grew up in Carol Stream, IL, and worked his way through college – first Roosevelt University, then the University of Chicago and Loyola University Chicago. He served as a Cook County Commissioner from 1998 until 2009, where he worked to increase transparency within the Cook County Board of Commissioners. His election to Congress was an opportunity to take his unique style of reform-minded politics, which Chicagoans have known for years, from Cook County to Washington.

As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, Mike is using his position to prioritize investments in innovation and Chicago-area infrastructure, which will grow the local economy and spur job creation. He currently serves as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government where he is focused on continuing his efforts to protect consumers, promote small business, and protect our financial system.

In 2015, Mike was appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the influential House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). Representing Chicago, one of the nation’s largest cities and a major hub for travel and commerce, Mike brings to the committee a unique understanding of the national security challenges we face and has championed policies that will keep America safe. His role on the Select Committee also placed him at the center of the years-long Russia investigation and the first impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Mike is the co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Transparency Caucus and has introduced landmark legislation that would significantly strengthen oversight at all branches of the federal government and utilizes 21st century technology to expand public access to information.

Mike has established himself as a leader on many of our nation’s most challenging and significant issues. He continues to fight for full LGBT equality as Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, as well as a woman’s right to choose, and commonsense gun law reforms that will make our communities safer. His recent legislative efforts have included the ACT for ALS to create a new pathway to deliver treatment for neurodegenerative diseases, the Big Cat Public Safety Act to end private ownership of big cats, and the Park District Community Support Grant Program to support Chicago’s famous park districts.

In his free time, Mike teaches a course on intelligence and national security at the University of Chicago and lives in Chicago with his wife, Barb, and their two dogs, Maisy and Finneas.

By tackling climate change now, we can keep our costs low in the future

In recent weeks, Republicans have criticized President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan by claiming that its focus is not on traditional infrastructure.

That’s true. And that’s exactly the point.

We have to build forward, not backward. That means improving our roads and bridges but also going far beyond those priorities. We live in a new world where infrastructure is the internet we surf, the electric grid that powers our homes, the pipes that deliver our water and so much more.

As we begin the difficult work of rebuilding for a post-pandemic future, we must be laser-focused on building a sustainable, resilient and just society that works for everyone, no matter where they live, how they live or how much money they make. What we do now will determine what kind of country we are and what kind of future we want.

After a natural disaster strikes, infrastructure is rebuilt according to strict resilience criteria put in place to withstand the impact of a future natural disaster. We must take the same approach to rebuilding from the pandemic and use this opportunity to address some of the major issues that have plagued our built environment for a lot longer than the past year.

The single most important first step we can take is to build in a way that confronts the challenges of climate change head-on. New infrastructure should always prioritize good environmental policy, but it also means building smart and emphasizing things that offer economic benefits both now and in a low-carbon future. They include functional and reliable locks and dams on our waterways; permeable pavement and other green infrastructure to minimize flood damage; electric vehicle charging infrastructure; and an efficient freight rail system. Moreover, distributed power generation and other electric grid improvements are a prerequisite for powering our economy, safeguarding our way of life and meeting our climate goals — an issue I’ve been working on diligently in Congress.

While tackling climate change is no inexpensive feat, and I know the price tag can sometimes seem daunting, by ensuring our infrastructure meets these requirements now, we can keep our costs low in the future.

Investing in good, reliable, and environmentally sustainable infrastructure is simply an investment — it pays a return. And I’m concerned it’s an investment that other countries, such as many in the European Union, India and China, have been prioritizing over the past few decades at many times the rate the U.S. has. Our economic competitiveness depends on a reliable infrastructure.

We recently saw the catastrophic results of failing to make our infrastructure responsive to climate change. In February, the Texas electric grid collapsed under the weight of an unprecedented weather event, just another piece of evidence of the effects of climate change.

It should be a warning that we must invest in not only preparing the grid for these unusual weather systems, but also in clean energy, which fared better in that crisis than other sources of power. Our economy depends on us being prepared for weather events. It is quite literally a matter of life and death for millions of Americans.

Investing in the infrastructure of our individual communities is critical also to our overall safety as a nation. Strengthening the power grid in one state saves lives in that state, but it also has a ripple effect across the country. The same is true with our water infrastructure — which has already been virtually attacked this year — our health care system and the vital supply chains we rely on.

To that end, we must fortify our natural safeguards in the interest of our national security. If we are concerned about the threat of foreign or domestic attacks, our infrastructure is just one way to keep our country safe. This means investing in programs that direct funds to where they are most needed: our nation’s highest-threat metropolitan areas, state capital cities and government buildings. Cities face ever-changing threat environments, and it is crucial that we provide them with the funding they need to invest in resources to shore up our infrastructure to keep Americans safe, such as much-needed security measures like cameras, physical barriers and controlled entry systems.

We are a more divided nation than we have been in generations, but rolling up our collective sleeves and digging in to make our country work better for everyone can help bring us back together. Repairing our nation’s infrastructure is not something we can accomplish overnight, and neither is bridging our differences. But just as our roads and bridges bring us together and connect us across distances, I believe that the shared goal of pursuing transformative reinvestment in our infrastructure can help us overcome our political divides.

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Mike Quigley was elected to Congress to represent Illinois’ 5th District on April 7, 2009. A former Cook County Commissioner who began his career through community service in the Lakeview neighborhood, Mike has served his community for more than thirty years. His election to Congress was an opportunity to take his unique style of reform-minded politics, which Chicagoans have known for years, from Cook County to Washington. To learn more about my background, read my full biography here.

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First Amendment

The First Amendment to our Constitution protects five fundamental values of our society – religion, speech, press, and the right to petition and assemble. Our unwavering commitment to these principles has withstood tough battles throughout our history and has remained a cornerstone of our democracy.

Russia Investigation

It is no secret that Moscow has a longstanding desire to undermine the liberal democratic order led by the United States. Vladimir Putin’s goal to erode public trust in the democratic process is evident by his intrusion in our election, but also by his willingness to disrupt the electoral process across Europe. We must continue our efforts to ensure Russia never meddles in our democracy again. Their actions not only threaten our democratic process and our founding ideals but also our economy and security.

Appropriations

Securing robust federal funding through the appropriations process is critical for safety and economic growth of the Fifth District, Chicago, and Illinois. And as your representative, I will continue to be a strong advocate for critical investments that continue to position Chicago as a 21st century city.

Budget

I believe that growing the economy will require getting our unsustainable debt and deficit problem under control. However, deficit reduction has to be done in a sustainable and responsible way, which is why I oppose severe, across-the-board cuts through sequestration. Instead, we must reform our outdated tax code to make it fairer and more competitive; implement smart reforms to entitlement programs, without unjustly harming beneficiaries; take a long-term look at our defense spending; and target government waste, fraud and abuse.

Choice

In the face of the Trump Administration, it is even more imperative that a woman’s healthcare decisions remain between her and her doctor. Women must be free from government interference to make these choices about what is best for their health and their families. Choice is not solely a “women’s issue”. It’s a civil rights issue and an American issue. And as your representative in Washington, I will always stand up for women’s reproductive rights.

Defense & National Security

As a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I am briefed daily about the threats facing our country and what we are doing to stop them. In these trying times, Americans are understandably concerned for their safety, but we must not allow fear to lead to overreaction, bad policy, or unintended consequences.

District

From the Lakeview neighborhood on Chicago’s north side to Bensenville in DuPage County, Illinois’s Fifth District is home to some of the region’s finest communities, businesses, and attractions. I am honored to call it my home and proud to represent the people who make it so unique.

Economy and Jobs

Our country has come a long way since 2008 when our nation experienced the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Since that time, I’m proud to say our economy has significantly recovered. Unemployment has been cut in half, household wealth now exceeds pre-crisis levels, and we’ve had the longest streak of private-sector job growth in our history. However, it’s indisputable that too many Americans still aren’t experiencing the benefits of our growing economy.

Education

An investment in our children’s education is an investment in our country’s future. The importance of providing our children the best possible education cannot be overstated, especially as so many Americans battle economic hardship. That’s why I have made modernizing and improving our school system a top priority during my time in Congress.

Energy / Environment

Protecting our environment is a top priority of mine and one of the reasons I entered public service. I will continue working with my colleagues to address the realities of climate change, and will dedicate my time in Congress to supporting legislation that protects our communities and develops strategies to combat the many threats facing our environment.

Equality

Whether it’s fighting for marriage equality, opposing senseless discrimination, or standing up for those who cannot defend themselves, I believe that we must be guided by doing what’s right, what’s fair, and what’s just. Our country is at its best when all voices are heard and represented equally and we must always strive towards that goal.

Foreign Affairs

American leadership abroad is more necessary than ever due to a complex global landscape, evolving national security threats, and political instability around the globe. Whether in Syria, Ukraine, Western Europe or Israel, the evolving nature of our international relations requires us to continuously reevaluate what measures are necessary to really keep America safe.

Gun Violence Prevention

Our nation is enduring a gun violence epidemic. Sadly, the tragedy of gun violence in America is compounded by another tragedy in Congress: the tragedy of inaction. That’s why I refuse to standby idly while thousands of Americans die each year due to gun violence.

 

Health Care

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.

Hockey

My election to Congress in 2009 provided me with the opportunity to fight for my constituents on some of the most pressing issues facing our nation. While I take those responsibilities seriously, my role in Congress has also given me a platform to take my enthusiasm for the world’s greatest sport, hockey, to Capitol Hill.

 

Housing

We have a responsibility to work together to bring the American dream within reach for as many as possible and that begins with ensuring that every American has access to safe, affordable housing.

Immigration

The United States has always been a nation of immigrants. It’s essential that our immigration policies reflect this country’s rich history of diversity and the countless contributions that immigrants have and continue to make. History tells us that comprehensive immigration reform raises wages, creates jobs, and generates additional tax revenue. That’s why I will continue to work towards pragmatic solutions that reform our broken immigration system, keep our borders secure, and provide a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants currently living in the shadows.

O’Hare Noise

Since O’Hare became part of the 5th Congressional District in January 2013, my staff and I have become immersed in the issues surrounding the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP). We have met repeatedly with residents and neighborhood groups to hear their concerns and convey those concerns to project officials and the airlines. But there’s more we need to do.

Reinventing Government

Congressman Quigley has long believed government must be consolidated, streamlined, and made more applicable for the 21st century. The mission of government matters, and in order to create the most efficient system possible, we must ask ourselves how we would design government if we were to start over from scratch today: what services would government provide? How would they be provided?

Seniors

In Congress, I believe what we stand for as Americans can best be seen as direct reflection of how we care for our seniors. Will we protect the safety net we’ve built for you or choose to cut deep holes in it? You’ve worked hard for decades, some of you have served your country in uniform. You deserve to spend your retirement in good physical and fiscal health, and in Congress, we have to work together to make that a reality.

Government Transparency

Good government is best characterized by openness, honesty and integrity. Transparency in government promotes accountability and helps foster public trust. As Justice Brandeis said, “Sunlight is the best of disinfectants.” That’s why I have made government reform, transparency and fiscal responsibility priorities during my time in Congress.

Transportation

Transportation and infrastructure has served as the backbone of our economic success for generations. But today, our crumbling infrastructure is slowing economic growth and hurting our ability to create jobs. Now more than ever, it is important to invest in long-term projects seeking to modernize our national infrastructure, provide efficient and safe transportation of goods and people, and reduce congestion and pollution.

Veterans

As Americans, we all owe a special debt of gratitude to our nation’s veterans. More importantly, we have a responsibility to protect and support them when they return from defending our freedoms abroad.

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