Collins, Quigley Introduce Legislation to Improve Transparency in Federal Spending

Oct 29, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Mike Quigley (D-IL) today introduced the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act (H.R. 4894) to give the public access to how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. This bill would improve government transparency by requiring federal agencies to post their congressional budget justifications on one central, searchable website. 

“Each year, Georgians entrust the government with their hard-earned tax dollars, but they’re left in the dark on where that money actually goes,” said Collins. “By requiring federal agencies to regularly publish budget justifications on one central website, the Congressional Budget Justification Transparency Act will ensure hardworking Americans have access to the information needed to evaluate how their tax dollars are being spent.”

“Today, congressional budget justifications are incredibly hard to find. This information is currently housed inconsistently and confusingly across different agencies, making it challenging to even know whether these materials for an agency exist,” said Quigley. “This bill would provide an opportunity to conduct better oversight of our government and allow the public to learn about what agencies are doing with their hard-earned tax dollars.”

Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI) have introduced companion legislation in the Senate.