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Quigley Transparency Legislation Becomes Law

Sep 24, 2021
Press Release

Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley’s (IL-05) legislation the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act was signed into law by President Joe Biden. The bipartisan bill, co-lead by Representative James Comer (KY-01), Ranking Member of the House Committee, and Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH) passed in August with overwhelming support.

“I am thrilled that the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act is officially the law of the land. Restoring Americans’ confidence in our democracy can begin with shining a light on how the federal government spends their tax dollars,” said Quigley. “While this is just one step in creating a more open and transparent government, I believe that it can pave the way for more bipartisan, common-sense legislation like it. I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue to make what we do here more transparent and accessible to the public.”

“Hardworking Michiganders and Americans should not have to struggle to find out how their tax dollars are being put to use. That is why I led this effort to ensure federal agencies are more transparent about how they use funding for important programs,” said Senator Peters. “I applaud President Biden for signing this important, bipartisan bill into law to make it easier for taxpayers to see exactly how their money is being invested in their communities. I’ll continue my efforts to strengthen accountability across the government to ensure we are working effectively and efficiently with people all across the country.” 

“Ohioans and all Americans should be able to easily evaluate how the federal government is spending their hard-earned tax dollars,” said Senator Portman. “I’m proud the bipartisan Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act was signed into law today as it will improve federal government transparency by requiring federal agencies to publish their annual budget justifications on a centralized website. Americans deserve transparency when it comes to the government spending their tax dollars.”

"Today the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act, a common-sense idea long championed by Rep. Quigley to ensure there is a central repository of agency-prepared plain language explanations of how they would spend the money they've requested be appropriated, was signed into law," said Daniel Schuman, policy director at Demand Progress. "This bipartisan measure, which enjoys the support of Rep. Quigley and Comer and Sens. Peters and Portman, brings us one step closer to having a 360-degree view of federal spending. We are so pleased to see it cross the finish line."

Congressional budget justifications are explanations of how agencies propose to spend money that they request from Congressional appropriators. While each agency produces annual congressional budget justifications, they are often not made available to the public.

The Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act will improve government transparency by requiring federal agencies to post their congressional budget justifications on a centralized, searchable website, including on each agency’s own website. The bill will also direct OMB to keep an updated list of agencies that are expected to submit budget justifications, the date of their submission to Congress, the date the justification is posted online, and a link to the materials.