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Transparency and Government Reform

The mission of government matters, and the work we do 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 stated, “Sunlight is the best of disinfectants.” To rebuild the people’s trust in our government, we need a government that does all it can to be transparent, as well as provide the public with the tools they need to hold our government accountable.

As founder and co-chair of the bipartisan 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 reports Congressional policy reports easily accessible to the public and have called on the Supreme Court to allow cameras in the courtroom.

Under the Trump Administration, I have become increasingly alarmed at how the President skirts disclosure requirements, has limited access to visitor logs, and blatantly disregards ethics regulations. In response, I have introduced bills like the COVFEFE Act, to treat social media postings like other presidential documents, and the MAR-A-LAGO Act, which would 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 necessary actions we can restore Americans’ faith in government and prove to the public that we are worthy of the responsibility we’ve been entrusted with. Increasing transparency and accountability in government is not only the key to improving public trust in the government; it is the key to improving the government.

Since he was first elected to Congress, Rep. Quigley has introduced the Transparency in Government Act (TGA) every session because he believes the public should have more access to information so they can hold elected officials accountable.

Rep. Quigley introduced the COVFEFE Act to expand the Presidential Records Act to preserve social media postings. It increases accountability and protects historical documents in a 21st century world.

Rep. Quigley introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the public and congressional staff’s access to Congressional reports through the creation of a searchable, central hub. This will help the American people be better informed so they can hold their elected officials accountable.

Rep. Quigley introduced the MAR-A-LAGO Act to require disclosure of visitor logs at the White House and other Trump properties where official business is conducted.

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.​

More on Transparency and Government Reform

Mar 9, 2020 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman on Financial Services and General Government and co-chair and co-founder of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, sent a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts requesting that the Supreme Court allow real-time audio and video access to all Court proceedings. Quigley argued that, in a time when live-streaming of appellate courts is highly normalized, modernization of the Supreme Court is overdue.

Mar 4, 2020 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler during a hearing on the Agency’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget request.

Mar 2, 2020 Press Release

U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (NY-10) and Representative Hank Johnson (GA-04) introduced the 21st Century Courts Act, a robust legislative plan to increase transparency in the federal court system. This legislation aims to dramatically enhance the accountability, accessibility, and transparency of the federal judiciary to improve public trust in our system.

Jan 16, 2020 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Steve Chabot (R-OH), continued their call for greater public access to our federal court deliberations by reintroducing the Eyes on the Courts Act, legislation to require cameras be permitted in the Supreme Court and all federal appellate courts.

Dec 18, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump based on two articles of impeachment:

“Today, I cast my vote in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump because if Congress did not hold this President accountable for his actions, we would have forsaken our duty, betrayed our oaths of office, and sent the message that some people can avoid justice.

“No one is above the law.