Border Deal to Prevent Another Government Shutdown Is Closer, Top Democrat Says

Blanche Robertson
February 11, 2019

Two Republican representatives attacked Democratic efforts to obtain and release President Donald Trump's tax returns Thursday in a letter to the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. House Resolution 1 is unlikely to become law, so they could use the "committee access" provision.

"Where does it end?"

Experts and former congressional investigators told TPM this week that the hearing could be used in a later, anticipated court case over the request to establish a "legitimate purpose" on the part of Congress to ask for the returns.

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal is under growing pressure from Democratic liberal progressives to move quickly on Trump's taxes. "Every single American has the right to privacy".

In one hearing room, Democrats kicked off their pursuit of the president's tax returns.

Democrats in Congress raised questions yesterday about the Internal Revenue Service's ability to effectively audit President Donald Trump's tax returns, as they began hearings meant to result in obtaining the documents and making them public. "This is our first real crack", Pascrell said.

"It's confusing to me", LaHood said. Members generally agree that the public has a right to see the tax entanglements of a president.

If there is a bipartisan deal, there would likely be enough votes to pass it without the most conservative Republicans or the most liberal Democrats. "I think it might be all of that", Shelby told reporters.

"Weaponizing our nation's tax code by targeting political foes only serves to weaken our system of government, not strengthen it", Brady and Neal wrote.

Joseph J. Thorndike, director of the Tax History Project, agreed that presidential candidates disclosing their tax returns is "tradition, not a law". While conferees want a bill drafted by Monday, she said, "We still have some work to do".

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Negotiators hope a deal can be sealed by Sunday night, so that the House can take it up early next week ahead of the February 15 deadline.Speaker Nancy Pelosi has indicated to negotiators she will observe a new three-day review rule in the Democratic House, presenting a fairly hard deadline over the next few days. The law states that the chairmen of the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means committee each have the power to request taxpayer information and states that "the secretary shall furnish such committee with any return or return information specified in such request".

Last year, a bipartisan Senate panel approved $US1.6 billion for 105 kilometres of pedestrian fencing in Texas - in line with Trump's official request.

Republicans also parroted Trump's own reason as to why he has never released his tax returns, suggesting it would be unwise to do so while the president is under audit.

The witnesses, however, argued that Congress sought Nixon's tax returns because they did not trust the IRS to properly audit the president's taxes without undue influence, and because tax returns contain different information than what's required by mandatory financial disclosures.

"That's what we're working toward", said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., one bargainer.

If Green successfully brings the impeachment vote to the House floor, it would be the first time Congress would vote on impeachment under a Democrat majority in the House. Kelly asked. "What about the tax returns of the speaker?" She said there has to be a trade-off between money for barriers and other areas of homeland security.

In early December, "Presidential Harassment" - also known as the "phony Russia Witch Hunt" - caused his plummeting approval rating.

Trump also continues to keep the door open to declaring a national emergency but the White House has floated in recent days that another shutdown is not out of the realm of possibilities.

In his State of the Union address, Trump said he wanted to strike a border security "compromise" but emphasized that a "physical barrier, or wall" must be included.

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