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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Transparency and Government Reform

Good government is best characterized by openness, honesty and integrity. Transparency in government promotes accountability and helps foster public trust. As Justice Brandeis said, “Sunlight is the best of disinfectants.” That’s why I have made government reform, transparency and fiscal responsibility priorities during my time in Congress.

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 allow public access to CRS reports and have called on the Supreme Court to allow cameras in the courtroom.

In addition, as a member of the Intelligence Committee, we are entrusted with the solemn responsibility to keep America safe. The investigation into Russian interference in our elections continues to evolve every day, and our Committee is charged with determining how this occurred and what we must do to prevent it from ever happening again. The hacking of our democratic process is not a partisan issue, and political distractions should never blur our ability—or our duty—to follow the facts wherever they lead.

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. Providing the tools the people need to hold our government officials accountable is the best way to ensure the public remains our most diligent watchdog and help rebuild the people’s trust in our government. 

Rep. Quigley spoke on MSNBC about the Russia investigation and the need to continue a bipartisan effort so Americans can know the facts.

Rep. Quigley questions FBI Director Comey about Russian collusion during House Intelligence Open Hearing.

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

More on Transparency and Government Reform

Apr 20, 2017 In the News
Rep. Mike Quigley joined Erin Burnett on CNN to discuss escalating tensions in North Korea and his recent intelligence trip to Cyprus to look into Russian money laundering.
Apr 14, 2017 In the News
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) says he visited Cyprus this week as part of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Apr 14, 2017 In the News
A Democrat on the House intelligence committee flew to Cyprus this week as part of the panel's broad investigation into allegations that Russian operatives and top aides on President Donald Trump's campaign colluded to influence the US election.
Apr 14, 2017 In the News
The House Intelligence Committee sent one of its members to Cyprus this week as part of its ongoing investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign, adding a new twist to the ongoing inquiry.
Apr 14, 2017 In the News
A Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee conducted interviews and collected documents in Cyprus this week as part of the panel’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the American election, and possible links between President Trump’s associates and Moscow.