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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

Apr 28, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement recapping President Trump’s first 100 days in office, which will be marked tomorrow, April 29:
Apr 14, 2017 In the News
Hoping to duplicate the massive turnout from January's women's march, activists in Chicago and beyond are busy spreading the word about a Tax Day protest Saturday aimed at pressuring President Donald Trump to release his tax returns.
Mar 25, 2017 In the News
Democrats are giving Donald Trump a transparency gut check in the form of a new bill with a mouthful of a name — and an acronym that takes an unsubtle dig at the president.
Mar 25, 2017 In the News
Democrats introduced an act into the House and Senate on Friday, that would require President Donald Trump to disclose lists of who visits his private club in Florida. The bill should be pretty easy to remember because of its name: the "Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act" or "MAR-A-LAGO Act."
Mar 24, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, joined U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-NM), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Jack Reed (D-RI) in introducing the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness (MAR-A-LAGO) Act, a bicameral bill that requires the publication of visitor logs to the White House or any other location where President Trump regularly conducts official business, including various Trump Organization properties frequented by the president.

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