With New Legislation Requiring Members to Post Their Daily Schedule, Tester Continues Fight for Transparency, Accountability in Congress
Schedule must include votes, events, and virtual and in-person meetings attended by members of Congress
As a part of his continued effort to increase transparency and accountability in Congress, U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Senator Mark Kelly of Arizona this week introduced legislation to require members of Congress to post their daily schedules online, including all events and meetings attended in their official capacity. Tester was the first member of Congress to publicly post his schedule on his website starting in 2007.
“Montanans should know what their elected representatives are doing each day that they’re in public service,” 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 do the same. This bill is really simple: it gives Montanans the kind of transparency and accountability they should expect from the folks who represent them.”
The Senators’ resolution, the Transparency in Congress Resolution of 2022 would 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 floor activities.
Beginning 180 days from passage of Tester and Kelly’s resolution, members of Congress would be required to begin publishing their official schedule.
Tester was the first member of Congress to publicly post his schedule on his website starting in 2007 during his first term in the Senate. He also recently announced his support for legislation to ban stock trading in Congress to further boost the accountability of members of Congress.
Tester’s public schedule can be found HERE.