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Daily Action: Compel Submission of Trump's Tax Returns!


CONTACT:
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976 
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

Short Script for Brownley and Lieu:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Rep. __________'s in ____________, California. I am calling to urge the congressperson to sign on as a co-sponsor of House Resolution 186, the Resolution of Inquiry directing the Secretary of the Treasury to submit President Trump's tax returns, as well as other financial documents. We will never learn what Americans need to know about the president's potential conflicts of interest, and his business or financial ties to foreign governments, unless you compel the submission of these documents for congressional review.  Thank you!

Slightly Longer Script for Knight:
Hello! My name is _______, and I am a constituent of Rep. Knight's in ____________, California. I am calling to urge the congressman to sign on as a co-sponsor of House Resolution 186, the Resolution of Inquiry directing the Secretary of the Treasury to submit President Trump's tax returns, as well as other financial documents. I'd like to remind the congressman that, during his Town Hall meeting on March 4, he said publicly that he believes the public has a right to know what's in the president's tax returns. We will never learn what Americans need to know about the president's potential conflicts of interest, and his business or financial ties to foreign governments, unless you compel the submission of these documents for congressional review. We'll be watching to see whether congressman Knight's actions match his words in this case. Thank you!

 
BACKGROUND
For two months now, Congress has been unable to provide oversight on President Trump's potential conflicts of interest because he refuses to release his tax returns and other financial documents. Last week, a Democratic congressman introduced a Resolution of Inquiry in the House Ways and Means Committee that would direct the Secretary of the Treasury to submit for congressional review President Trump’s tax returns for the tax years 2006 through 2015. It also would compel the production of financial documentation that details debts Trump owes to foreign governments and companies; investments he has made in foreign countries and foreign enterprises; and his use of tax shelters, corporate structures, tax- avoidance maneuvers, abatements, or other loopholes that might have reduced or eliminated his tax liability.

A Resolution of Inquiry is a legislative tool that has privileged parliamentary status. In this case, such status requires the majority Republicans on Ways and Means to schedule the resolution for a committee vote within 14 days, or else Democrats can bring it to the floor for a vote by the entire House chamber. In other words, no matter what, members of the Ways and Means Committee will have to go on record with a vote on whether Trump's tax records should be submitted for review. And if the Republicans on the committee refuse to act on the resolution, every Republican in the House will have to vote on the question.

This Resolution of Inquiry is possible because a portion of the U.S. tax code allows the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Senate Committee on Finance, and the Joint Committee on Taxation to request a review of the tax documents of any individual in closed session, and to consider their public release. To date, 29 members of Congress have co-sponsored the Resolution of Inquiry. Rep. Brownley, Rep. Lieu and Rep. Knight are not among them.