Inspirational Quotes by Mike Quigley

Climate change is not just about carbon dioxide levels and melting polar ice caps. It is about our public health and protecting our Earth for future generations.

Mike Quigley

Immigration is not about visa numbers or building a fence. It is about reclaiming our roots as a nation of immigrants and a refuge for those who have been cast aside.

Mike Quigley

Economic inequality is not about food stamps and homeless shelters. It is about being a devotee of social justice and equality.

Mike Quigley

I like to take out the recycling because I actually feel like I’m doing something.

Mike Quigley

There was a time not too long ago when American seniors were too often forced to go without food, medicine, and quality healthcare. But thanks to transformative programs like Social Security, most seniors in this country are provided the opportunity to live with the stability and peace of mind they have earned and deserve.

Mike Quigley

Anyone who has ever asked for directions knows you need two crucial pieces of information to get good results: a starting point and a destination.

Mike Quigley

With more than half of the American workforce without private pension coverage, Social Security provides economic certainty within a system that is fair, equitable, and easy to understand. You work hard, pay into the system, and the federal government makes a promise to pay back your earned benefits when you retire. It’s that simple.

Mike Quigley

Whether I’m reading a national publication or one of my local Chicago newspapers, I don’t need to turn too many pages before I stumble upon another scandal. Not only do ethics violations deteriorate the public trust, but they also disrupt and undermine legitimate debate and policy.

Mike Quigley

We can be just as safe with a smaller, more efficient nuclear arsenal at less cost.

Mike Quigley

Violence of all forms is wreaking havoc in communities across the country, disproportionately impacting communities of color and shaving half a million years of life off our collective lifespan. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Mike Quigley

Despite its challenges, globalization has led to one of the most peaceful and productive times in world history.

Mike Quigley

Our Founding Fathers drafted the Bill of Rights to ensure that We the People could determine how best to protect our communities.

Mike Quigley

Protection of religious freedom means considering the faiths and beliefs of everyone involved.

Mike Quigley

By working together to keep health at the center of our focus, as well as the national conversation, we can create the safe communities we all want and deserve.

Mike Quigley

Lincoln’s address at Gettysburg – 272 words dedicating a cemetery at the site of one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles – has been called by scholars the source of all modern political prose.

Mike Quigley

Wrigley Field was built and designed at a time when people got to the ballpark by trolley, train, and horse cart.

Mike Quigley

Too often, advances in civil rights or women’s rights are undermined by wrong-headed legislation or weak-kneed political leadership.

Mike Quigley

From bank accounts to financial systems, power grids to air traffic controls – our most critical infrastructure remain attractive cyber targets, and if they are ever compromised, the effects could be devastating.

Mike Quigley

On Capitol Hill and in state houses across the country, anti-women’s health politicians continue to make it clear that they will stop at nothing to end access to a safe, legal abortion.

Mike Quigley

Once you’ve stared death in the face, every day is a good day.

Mike Quigley

We need to replace hyperbole with a reasonable, informed discussion about how to reinvent the federal budget with more transparency and better accountability.

Mike Quigley

In the end, the public has the right to know about any undertakings top public officials engage in that may influence how they conduct the people’s business.

Mike Quigley

The U.S. Constitution guarantees women across this country, including my daughters, the right to choose for themselves when and how to start their families. Yet, more than forty years after Roe v. Wade, women’s reproductive rights remain in jeopardy.

Mike Quigley

In Chicago in 2000, the Cure Violence health approach saw a 67 percent decline in shootings and killings, which soon replicated to 70 communities nationwide with multiple independent evaluations from world-renowned institutions, such as the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Mike Quigley

I’ve visited Lincoln Park Zoo more times than I can count because I believe the more the public learns about our animals, plants and environment, the better equipped we are to play a leading role in protecting our planet.

Mike Quigley

Since 1975, violence has been recognized as a public health problem, in large part to former Surgeon Generals Dr. Koop and Dr. Satcher’s pioneering efforts to make the health approach a national priority. Since then, we’ve seen that violence can be curbed – and stopped – if we treat it as we would any other epidemic health concern.

Mike Quigley

Growing up during the Cold War, I remember the seemingly imminent threat of nuclear war. In primary school we were taught to ‘duck-and-cover’ for protection. But even as children hiding under wooden desks, we recognized the inadequacies of this strategy.

Mike Quigley

When you have a high-volume magazine or an assault weapon, you’re not hunting deer or protecting your home; you’re out to hunt people.

Mike Quigley

Instead of focusing on attacking unions and the labor movement, we need to find ways to strengthen and empower workers so we can put more money in the pockets of middle class families.

Mike Quigley

Passionately defending one’s principles is crucial. Representing your district is fundamental. But refusing to entertain the common ground – with no other cost but giving the other guy a political ‘win’ – is a disservice.

Mike Quigley

I do believe that the majority of elected officials worked very hard and their heart is in the right place.

Mike Quigley

As the largest contributor to the United Nations and funder of international family planning, the U.S. is in a unique position to continue to lead the global agenda and place reproductive health at its core.

Mike Quigley

Let’s face it: when it comes to denying access to abortion care and reproductive rights, especially for low-income women with limited resources, there’s no limit to how far some are willing to go.

Mike Quigley

The fact that Turkey, the U.S., and Russia and other countries are really interested in Cyprus because of its strategic location… the fact that Russians launder their money there to avoid sanctions, and the fact that key U.S. and Russia players were there – all make it really important for the Russia investigation.

Mike Quigley

The real cost of corruption in government, whether it is local, state, or federal, is a loss of the public trust.

Mike Quigley

We have over 100,000 bridges in this country old enough to qualify for Medicare.

Mike Quigley

Cyprus has a reputation as a laundromat for the Russians who are trying to avoid sanctions.

Mike Quigley

Being on the Intelligence Committee made me more of a hawk.

Mike Quigley

One of the cornerstones of our democracy is the peaceful transition of power.

Mike Quigley

We can’t allow ourselves to descend down the rabbit hole of unbridled partisanship for partisan sake.

Mike Quigley

As the father of two daughters, the ongoing struggle for women’s equality is very personal for me. That’s why it has been an honor during my time in Congress to support women’s rights by advocating for reproductive rights, equal pay, access to paid maternity leave and quality child care.

Mike Quigley

What I would like to do… once I take care of all my kids’ student loans, is buy a red 1965 Mustang and fully restore it.

Mike Quigley

I am committed to working towards a more transparent, accountable, and ethical federal government worthy of the public’s trust.

Mike Quigley

There’s a world to save. Don’t let anybody tell you you can’t change the world. You can, and you have a moral responsibility to try.

Mike Quigley

I taught policy and politics for seven years at a university. I told my students lobbyists are not a bad thing; they’re absolutely vital.

Mike Quigley

Just as we can no longer pretend that ducking under wooden desks will keep us safe from a nuclear bomb, we must no longer pretend that a large nuclear stockpile will protect us from the most immediate security threats the United States faces.

Mike Quigley

Scaling back the U.S. fleet of 14 nuclear-armed submarines to eight would maintain a robust deterrent at sea while generating billions in savings and easing pressure on the Navy’s shipbuilding budget.

Mike Quigley

Before being elected to Congress, I oversaw the Cook County Hospital System as a Cook County Commissioner for 10 years.

Mike Quigley

Empowering women by allowing them to choose when and how many children to have is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.

Mike Quigley

As a husband and a father of two daughters, I want young women around the globe to have the same rights and opportunities as my daughters.

Mike Quigley

I don’t buy that there’s nothing we can do to stop criminals and the mentally ill from killing if they want to.

Mike Quigley

There is such a thing as commonsense middle-ground gun reform, and most gun owners support it.

Mike Quigley