REPORT: House Dems introduce bill to force presidents to release tax returns
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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.
The article goes on to state the following:
“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.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 9, 2019
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