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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 make reports Congressional policy reports easily accessible to the public and have called on the Supreme Court to allow cameras in the courtroom.

Under the Trump Administration, I have become increasingly alarmed at how the President skirts disclosure requirements, has limited access to visitor logs, and blatantly disregards ethics regulations. In response, I have introduced bills like the COVFEFE Act, to treat social media postings like other presidential documents, and the MAR-A-LAGO Act, which would require disclosure of visitor logs at the White House and other Trump properties where official business is conducted. As a member of Congress, I believe it is my duty and that of my colleagues to hold the Executive Branch accountable and carry out our constitutional responsibility to provide thorough oversight of the federal government.

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.


Since he was first elected to Congress, Rep. Quigley has introduced the Transparency in Government Act (TGA) every session because he believes the public should have more access to information so they can hold elected officials accountable.


Rep. Quigley introduced the COVFEFE Act to expand the Presidential Records Act to preserve social media postings. It increases accountability and protects historical documents in a 21st century world.


Rep. Quigley introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the public and congressional staff’s access to Congressional reports through the creation of a searchable, central hub. This will help the American people be better informed so they can hold their elected officials accountable.


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.


Rep. Quigley serves as the co-chair on the bipartisan Congressional Transparency Caucus and holds regular briefings on the challenges Congress faces as it works to bring greater transparency to Capitol Hill.​

More on Transparency and Government Reform

Oct 12, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), released the following statement after President Trump continued his attacks on freedom of the press by threatening to challenge, and potentially revoke, licenses from network news stations:

Sep 27, 2017 In the News
Rep. Mike Quigley, introduced an act in Congress that would amend the PRA to include it — and no cases have been litigated about it because Barack Obama was the first President to use Twitter.
Sep 26, 2017 In the News
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) introduced legislation to reinstate the ban, citing the May report. “The Trump administration’s rationale for reversing the ban on water bottle sales in national parks is nonsensical and nonexistent, especially given the fact they actively ignored the Park Service’s own findings on the issue,” he said.
Sep 25, 2017 In the News
An internal report by the National Park Service (NPS) found that an initiative led by the Obama administration to prohibit the sale of bottled water at some parks have reaped “significant environmental benefits,” according to sources.
Sep 25, 2017 In the News
“This newly released report makes it clear as day that the Trump administration will continue to deny science, research, and facts in its efforts to prioritize big corporations at the expense of our wildlife and environment,” he said in a statement. “We know that this is an issue where a simple and reasonable solution would have a profound impact as we work to preserve our pristine natural places.”

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