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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

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

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.

Rep. Quigley re-introduced bipartisan legislation to open Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports to the public.

Rep. Quigley serves on the Transparency Caucus within the House of Representatives. 

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.

More on Transparency and Government Reform

Nov 8, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley co-sponsored the PAPER Act to assist states in strengthening the cybersecurity defenses of their election systems.
Nov 7, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley introduced legislation requiring the Attorney General to conduct a study and provide a report to Congress on possible links between mass shooters and a history of domestic violence.
Nov 7, 2017 Speeches
Rep. Quigley spoke on the House Floor to to raise awareness about the horrific state of our nation's immigration detention centers.
Nov 2, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley hosted a transparency briefing with former Director of the Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub.
Nov 1, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley released the a statement after the Intelligence Committee’s open hearing with tech companies and social media platforms.

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