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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 29, 2009 Press Release
5th District residents can search Amercican Recovery and Reinvestment projects by zip code.
Sep 14, 2009 Speeches
"It is up to us, in Washington, to make sure that our constituents are best served and their taxpayer dollars are spent wisely..." "
Aug 20, 2009 Press Release
CHICAGO, IL - Today, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) demonstrated again his commitment to ensuring that taxpayer dollars are well spent by embarking on a 'Transparency Tour' of several sites in the 5th District that have received funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Aug 11, 2009 Press Release
Today, Congressman Mike Quigley spoke on the House floor regarding earmark reform.
Aug 11, 2009 Editorials
The Obama Administration made it very clear from day one that their goal of restoring financial responsibility, a goal that I share with the President, includes eliminating wasteful and reckless spending from our budget.

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