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
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley’s (IL-05) legislation the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act is headed to President Joe Biden’s desk for signature after passing both the House and Senate on Monday. The bipartisan bill, introduced on the first day of the 117th Congress by Quigley, co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, and Representative James Comer (KY-01), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, will increase access to the federal government’s expenditures.
Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, and James Comer (KY-01), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, praised the unanimous House passage of their bipartisan, bicameral Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA), which will create a single website where Congress and the public can easily search, sort, and download all agency reports to Congress.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on Oversight and Reform, released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to create a Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol:
“The January 6 attack was not just a harrowing experience for those of us who were there – it was an attack on the very foundation of our democracy. We have a responsibility to uncover the truth of what took place and led up to, that day.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, introduced the Access to White House Visitor Logs Act, to require every administration to publicly release visitor logs from the White House or any location where presidents regularly conduct official business.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, released the following statement after the Biden administration released 400 records of White House visits from the first weeks of his administration and pledged to release the logs monthly moving forward: