The mission of government matters; however, we can’t lead effectively if we don’t have the people’s trust. That’s why I believe Justice Brandeis said it best when he said, “Sunlight is the best of disinfectants.” To rebuild the people’s trust in our democracy, we need a government that does all it can to be transparent and provide the public with the tools they need to hold our government accountable.
As founder and chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, I have worked hard to make the federal government more accessible and open to the public. My comprehensive transparency legislation, the Transparency in Government Act (TGA), includes reforms that will shine a light on every branch of the federal government, strengthening our democracy, and promoting an efficient, effective, and open government. I have also prioritized legislation that would make congressionally mandated reports easily accessible to the public, increase oversight in the judiciary by allowing cameras in courtrooms, and require federal agencies to publish congressional budget justifications on a centralized website.
Rep. Quigley serves as the co-chair on the bipartisan Congressional Transparency Caucus and holds regular briefings on the challenges Congress faces as it works to bring greater transparency to Capitol Hill.
Additionally, under the Trump administration, I have become increasingly alarmed at how the President encourages violations of one of the bedrock legal guardrails of our democracy, the Hatch Act; carelessly obstructs government watchdogs when they try to discipline lawbreakers; flagrantly ignores disclosure requirements; provides limited access to White House visitor logs; and disregards ethics regulations pertaining to conflicts of interest in which his business deals and personal interests conflict with his public duties as President. In response, I have introduced bills like the RNC ACT, or the Reducing Nefarious Crimes Act, to increase penalties for violating the Hatch Act, and the MAR-A-LAGO Act, to require disclosure of visitor logs at the White House and other Trump properties where official business is conducted. As a member of Congress, I believe it is my duty and that of my colleagues to hold the Executive Branch accountable and carry out our constitutional responsibility to provide thorough oversight of the federal government.
By taking action now, we can restore Americans’ faith in government and prove to the public that we are worthy of the responsibility they have entrusted us with. Increasing transparency and accountability in government is not only the key to increasing public trust; it is the key to improving the government.
More on Government Transparency
Today, a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) to increase transparency regarding the federal government’s expenditure of taxpayer dollars, passed the U.S. House of Representatives.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) introduced the Reducing Nefarious Crimes Act – or RNC Act – to increase penalties for violating the Hatch Act and make it clear that the American people take ethics in government seriously. The Hatch Act prohibits executive branch employees from using their official roles for campaign purposes.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Financial Services & General Government, released the following statement after Senate Republicans included $1.75 billion for the reconstruction of FBI headquarters in their coronavirus relief proposal:
“As Chair of the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, it’s been clear for years that the FBI needs a new headquarters in a new location. The Hoover Building is falling apart and simply cannot support the security needs of the Bureau.
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after President Donald Trump commuted the sentence of Roger Stone. Stone is a longtime political ally of Trump and was convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering as part of Special Investigator Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) issued a statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the consolidated cases of Trump v. Mazars and Trump v. Deutsche Bank, in which the Court asked the lower courts to further develop the record to assess the House’s need for the President’s financial records: