Pelosi introduces bill to force presidents, but not members of Congress, to file tax returns


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. (Getty Images / Mark Wilson)

( – Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives introduced legislation Friday would require the president, vice-president and presidential and vice-presidential candidates to file their tax returns.

However, the bill would not require members of Congress or congressional candidates to submit their tax returns.

The layout is part of H.R. 1-the "law on the people"-Who Pelosi introduced on Friday.

A summary of the draft law indicates that it contains a section entitled "Presidential fiscal transparency". This section outlines the summary: "Demands that presidents and vice-presidents, as well as presidential and vice-presidential candidates, release their tax returns. "

In 2017, when members of Congress asked President Donald Trump to release his tax returns, Roll call to the 535 members of the House and Senate release theirs. As the appeal was reported at the time, 6 members have published their tax returns, as requested by the publication. 6 others had already published theirs elsewhere. According to Roll Call, another 45 members had already and partially filed their tax returns. But 473 members did not publish their tax return and did not respond to the Request for a roll-call that they do it.

Representative Nancy Pelosi was one of the members, according to Roll Call, who had not released her tax returns.

AT a press conference from April 2017 By promoting similar legislation that would have forced the president – but not members of Congress – to disclose their tax returns, Pelosi said the presidents did not have the "right to confidentiality" with respect to their statements. of income.

"This is not a right to privacy that the President has," said Pelosi, "He is the President of the United States." There is a question on a Russian link, political, personal, financial , with the president, there are concerns about the recent actions of the Chinese government in relation to the Trump organization. "

"There are many reasons why we need this key to open the door to the information we need to connect the points," Pelosi said. "And if they have nothing to fear, then what are they afraid of?"