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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

Jun 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Co-Founder of the Congressional Transparency Caucus and member of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on language included in the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee report directing the Congressional Research Service (CRS) to make their non-confidential reports available to the public. Rep.

Jun 28, 2017 In the News
Congress is getting closer to ordering that its taxpayer-funded research reports be made public following a breakthrough in the decades-long fight to bring greater transparency to the work of the Congressional Research Service.
Jun 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), joined nearly 200 Members of Congress in filing a federal lawsuit against President Trump for violating one of the Constitution’s critical anti-corruption provisions: the Foreign Emoluments Clause. The emoluments clause prohibits the President from accepting foreign payments without seeking and receiving Congressional authorization.

Jun 13, 2017 Press Release
, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Transparency Caucus, spoke on the House Floor about the introduction of his new transparency bill, the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement or COVFEFE Act. The bill codifies guidance from the National Archives to expand the Presidential Records Act to include the term “social media” as a documentary material for preservation. Click here to watch the video or see full speech text below.
Jun 13, 2017 In the News
From the incomprehensible "covfefe" to a post labeling fired FBI director James Comey a "leaker," President Donald Trump's tweets would be preserved as presidential records if a Democratic lawmaker's proposed COVFEFE Act becomes law.

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