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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

Jun 12, 2017 In the News
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) introduced legislation Monday to classify presidential social media posts — including President Trump's much-discussed tweets — as presidential records.
May 24, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Ranking Member of the Financial Services and General Government (FSGG) Appropriations Subcommittee and Co-Chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, released the following statement after asking Acting Administrator for the General Services Administration (GSA), Timothy Horne, about the Trump International Hotel lease and possible conflicts of interest. Rep. Quigley’s opening remarks from the hearing are also included below.
May 24, 2017 In the News
House lawmakers showed initial support for a new $40 million fund to let the General Services Administration fix up and sell off unused or underutilized federal properties.
May 15, 2017 Press Release
This month, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, joined Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) in re-introducing bipartisan legislation to open Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports to the public. Every year, thousands of non-confidential reports are compiled by CRS for use by Congressional offices.
May 3, 2017 Speeches
Rep. Quigley spoke on the House Floor in commemorating World Press Freedom Day and the importance of maintaining a free press under the current administration.