Oversight Committee Democrats Kick-Off 19th Annual Sunshine Week

Mar 14, 2023
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (March 14, 2023)—Today, Rep. Jamie Raskin, Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Accountability, Rep. Maxwell Alejandro Frost, Rep. Shontel Brown, Rep. Greg Casar, and Rep. Robert Garcia released a video to kick off the 19th Annual Sunshine Week—a nationwide initiative meant to highlight the importance of government transparency.  In honor of Sunshine Week,  Ranking Member Raskin will release a step-by-step citizen’s guide to the Freedom of Information Act.


Click here to watch.


Ranking Member Jamie Raskin: Greetings everybody.  It’s Congressman Jamie Raskin from Maryland’s beautiful eighth Congressional District, and I’m the Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee.


I’m here to wish you a happy Sunshine Week.


Rep. Maxwell Alejandro Frost: A week dedicated to celebrating the importance of transparency and open government.  And I want to be frank.  Public trust in our government remains at an all-time low. 


Rep. Shontel Brown: Now, more than ever, it is essential that Congress makes sure our federal government is transparent and accountable to the American people to restore their faith and trust in government. 


Ranking Member Jamie Raskin: We have a lot of great activities planned, including the issuing of a Guide to the Freedom of Information Act in honor of Sunshine Week.


We are going to continue to battle for total transparency, accountability, and sunshine in government, because that’s what democracy means. 


Rep. Greg Casar: The Committee on House Oversight has this incredible charge to make sure that the government is fully transparent and earns the trust of our community so that we can have a government where the people lead and the politicians follow, not the other way around.


Rep. Robert Garcia: As Oversight Democrats, we’re really committed all throughout the year to ensure that we’re putting up the truth.  I’m proud to be a member of the ‘Truth Squad.’


Ranking Member Jamie Raskin: Thanks everybody, and happy Sunshine Week to you.


Click here to watch the video.



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