REPORT: House Dems introduce bill to force presidents to release tax returns

BY TEAM DML / JANUARY 9, 2019 /

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A pair of House Democrats on Wednesday offered legislation to require presidents and presidential candidates to release their tax returns as Democrats are prioritizing obtaining President Trump’s tax returns in the new Congress.

The legislation, offered by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.), would require sitting presidents and vice presidents, and major-party nominees for those offices, to make public their 10 most recent federal income tax returns. The bill is aimed at Trump, the first president in decades not to release his tax returns.

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“Being able to scrutinize the tax returns of a man or woman seeking to occupy the most powerful position on earth is a low bar, and one that candidates long abided by until 2016,” Pascrell said in a news release. “Americans have a right to know if their President is a crook. Imposing this requirement will ensure that transparency and ethical behavior are minimum requirements for any presidential candidate.”

The provisions in Pascrell and Eshoo’s bill are also included in a wide-ranging ethics bill House Democrats introduced last week known as H.R. 1. Democrats are expected to hold hearings on that bill in the coming weeks before bringing it to a vote on the House floor.

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7 Comments

  1. Sally J Becker January 9th, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    ACCORDING TO THE CONSTITUTION THIS IS NOT REQUIRED. WOULDN’T THIS MEAN THAT ONE HAS TO CHANGE THE US CONSTITUTION INSTEAD OF JUST INTRODUCING A BILL?

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  2. Cab January 9th, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    OK then lets see congress tax return too while you are at it!!

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    • Christy January 9th, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      Great idea!

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  3. Mary January 9th, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Okay you want to see Trump’s tax returns? Then I want unsealed Obama and Michelle’s records that includes his birth certificate and his college transcripts. Also I agree that randomly Congress should be drug tested. It’s not in the Constitution that the president has to show his tax return therefore no tax return. And as for Obama’s records he should have produced those when he was running for the Senate and apparently since his relatives say he was born in Kenya. Why isn’t that being looked into

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  4. Francine January 9th, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Everyone in the house & Senate each year need to submit their tax returns so we can see how they are becoming Millionaires plus.

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  5. Paula January 9th, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    If they don’t want crooks in the WH, then they must like like crooks as politicians, including Congress members. Therefore, the requirement should be for every Congress member to show proof of their tax returns for the last 10 years, too. Not just the POTUS’s

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    • Paula January 9th, 2019 at 5:27 pm

      Oops! I meant ‘must not like’.

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