Mike Quigley willingly tells how things work in the U.S. Congress


Mike Quigley

"The less you know about how we (in Congress) work, the happier and easier you'll sleep at night," said Mike Quigley, 5th District U.S. Representative, at the Bucktown Community Organization's (BCO) last meeting.

He will be at the Wicker Park Committee's  meeting in the Wicker Park Field House, 1425 N. Damen, Wed., May 1, at 7 p.m., telling it like it is. 

Giving an example of why it might be best to not know what is going on in Washington, Quigley said, "The Navy put in (budget request) for 9 destroyers last year. They don't need 9. But what did the Congress do? They gave them 10! They said, 'But we don't need 10.' 

"The purchasers said that there was so much competition for these purchases that they thought they could get 10 for the price of 9. This is what happened. They got 10...for the price of 10!" 

In February at a WPB SSA #33 meeting, Quigley predicted that sequestration would happen. At the BCO meeting, he predicted that there could be a 4 to 5-hour delays at O'Hare. 

"Supposedly we (Congress) couldn't have been stupid enough to let sequestration happen but we did,"
admitted Quigley. He went on to explain that almost all polls show that people are polarized on issues. That puts fear in elected officials who are concerned that if they do not "do the right thing" in supporting the Tea Party's agenda, they will be targeted in the next election. 

As Mark Kirk told him, "everything gets done in the middle." At the moment there appears to be no middle. 

Believing that there needs to be 10-year plans for such things as transportation, infra-structure, energy and the postal system, Quigley looks forward to getting beyond what has been happening in Washington. He looks forward to working with Mayor Emanuel "to rebuild our schools, transit systems, bridges and viaducts."



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