Quigley Shines Light on Capitol Hill
As the summer days bring more sunshine I'm reminded of what Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said about open government: "sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants. It is my mission to shine a light on all of government's business"no matter how messy it may be at times.
Just a few weeks ago, my bill making all federal agency reports to Congress available to the public passed the Oversight and Government Reform Committee unanimously. Every day, Congress requests thousands of reports from federal agencies, like the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Justice. Right now, many of them are just sitting on shelves collecting dust. My bill"H.R. 1974, the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act"would make all of them available online and in one place. This legislation will give citizens like you and watchdog groups a lot more power"the power to see up close what is happening in government.
I am also excited about another piece of legislation I introduced last month that will help bring unprecedented transparency to Washington. H.R. 2339, the Lobbyist Disclosure Enhancement Act will change the way lobbyists do business"from how they register to how they disclose their meetings. Roll Call said the bill wouldn't make me the most popular Member of Congress with K Street lobbyists and these were going to be tough fights, but I'm a Cubs fan and used to adversity!
Continuing on the reform front, I've introduced H.R. 1924, the State Ethics Law Protection Act (SELPA) to allow Illinois to crackdown on pay-to-play without federal interference, and H.R. 1974, the Public Officials Accountability Act, to restore a statute to prevent elected officials from using their offices for personal gain. The Chicago Sun-Times called the bipartisan, bi-cameral effort "welcome teamwork.
RESOURCES FOR YOU
The Transparency Caucus now has an online home. Last year I co-founded this bipartisan group and am happy to launch a new website where you can access information about the Caucus and its members, as well as learn about our mission and goals.
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It is an honor serve you in Washington.