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Government Transparency

The mission of government 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 said, “Sunlight is the best of disinfectants.” To rebuild the people’s trust in our democracy, we need a government that does all it can to be transparent and provide the public with the tools they need to hold our government accountable.

As founder and chair of the 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 congressionally mandated reports easily accessible to the public, increase oversight in the judiciary by allowing cameras in courtrooms, and require federal agencies to publish congressional budget justifications on a centralized website.


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.​

Additionally, under the Trump administration, I have become increasingly alarmed at how the President encourages violations of one of the bedrock legal guardrails of our democracy, the Hatch Act; carelessly obstructs government watchdogs when they try to discipline lawbreakers; flagrantly ignores disclosure requirements; provides limited access to White House visitor logs; and disregards ethics regulations pertaining to conflicts of interest in which his business deals and personal interests conflict with his public duties as President. In response, I have introduced bills like the RNC ACT, or the Reducing Nefarious Crimes Act, to increase penalties for violating the Hatch Act, and the MAR-A-LAGO Act, to 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 action now, we can restore Americans’ faith in government and prove to the public that we are worthy of the responsibility they have entrusted us with. Increasing transparency and accountability in government is not only the key to increasing public trust; it is the key to improving the government.

More on Government Transparency

Apr 18, 2019 In the News
Rep. Quigley discusses the recently released Mueller report on PBS Chicago.
Apr 10, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1644, The Save the Internet Act, to restore net neutrality provisions for internet users, which were repealed by the Trump administration last year:

Apr 9, 2019 Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services & General Government (FSGG), pressed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on the Trump administration’s decision of whether to comply with the House Ways and Means Committee’s request for the President’s tax returns. Quigley also questioned whether Treasury Department officials have communicated with the White House about requests to release the President’s tax returns.

Apr 4, 2019 In the News
Rep. Quigley joins CNN’s Jim Sciutto and Poppy Harlow to discuss Attorney General Barr’s summary of the Mueller report and House Democrats’ demands for the president’s tax returns.
Mar 31, 2019 In the News
Rep. Quigley joins Kasie Hunt on MSNBC to discuss the Republican attacks on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and why he believes the full Mueller report should be released to the public.

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