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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

Sep 6, 2017 In the News
“The Russians hacked into the Illinois State Board of Elections,” Rep. Mike Quigley, a member of the House Intelligence Committee. “They got into the database,” he said. “I believe they’re on the doorstep to hacking into our voting systems. That is my educated guess.”
Sep 3, 2017 In the News
“Any other Republican president might be easier to communicate with,” said Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), a House Intelligence Committee member backing an amendment to restore EAC funding. “This one now believes any discussion about how the election was operated is through the prism of questioning the validity of the election. I desperately want to get past that.”
Aug 18, 2017 In the News
Rep. Quigley tweeted: The position of WH Chief Strategist should never have been held by a white nationalist to begin with. Glad to see #Bannon out. Removal of Steve #Bannon is just 1 step in the right direction. We must expel forces of hate & influence of bigotry from our government.
Aug 4, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley calls for Illinois to withdraw its participation form the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck System:
Jul 26, 2017 In the News
Illinois U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley and 32 colleagues, on July 19, sent a letter to the federal Food and Drug Administration urging officials to further update decades-old rules restricting blood donations from men who have sex with men, according to a statement.

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