Sens. Kelly, Tester Introduce Resolution to Require Members of Congress to Post Official Schedule Online
Schedule must include floor activities, events, and virtual and in-person meetings attended by the member in their official capacity
Today, U.S. Senators Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced the Transparency in Congress Resolution of 2022 to bring more transparency and accountability to Washington by requiring members of Congress to post their schedule online, including all events and meetings attended by the member in their official capacity. Kelly and Tester are leaders of transparency in Congress who post their official schedules online for the public.
“I am proud to be one of the few members of Congress to post my official schedule online so Arizonans can see who I am meeting and how I am working for our state. Our legislation will bring the kind of accountability and transparency that taxpayers deserve by requiring all Senators to do the same. Arizonans can always trust that I am working to tackle the issues that matter most to them, not corporate special interests,” said Senator Kelly.
“Montanans deserve the highest level of transparency from their elected officials because it is foundational to their ability to hold us accountable,” said Senator Tester. “I was the first member of the United States Senate to publicly post my daily schedule on my website, and it’s about time all of my colleagues were doing the same. Folks should know what their elected officials are up to, and I am proud to partner with Mark Kelly to fight for greater transparency and accountability across the board.”
Kelly and Tester’s Transparency in Congress Resolution of 2022 will bring more transparency and accountability to Washington by:
- Requiring Members of Congress to publish a schedule on their website that must be updated every month the Member serves in Congress. The published schedule, broken out by day, must include each meeting, hearing, and event attended by the Member in an official capacity, either in person, teleconference, or other virtual means. This also includes reporting on their floor activities.
- Beginning 180 days from passage of Kelly and Tester’s resolution, members of Congress would be required to begin publishing their official schedule.
This bill builds on Kelly’s work to bring greater accountability and transparency to Washington. Kelly previously introduced legislation banning corporate PACs to reduce their influence in Washington and prohibiting members of Congress and their families from buying and selling stocks while in office. In keeping with his good government approach, Kelly is the only member of Congress to place his assets in Qualified Blind Trusts, post his official Senate schedule on his website, and not accept corporate PAC contributions to his campaign.
Read the text of the Transparency in Congress Resolution of 2022 HERE.