We deserve to know

April 18, 2017

Dear Friends,

It’s Tax Day, and while millions of Americans work to make their filing deadlines, today’s a stark reminder of Donald Trump’s continued refusal to release his tax returns. 

We are not going to let this issue go. Contrary to what Trump believes, Americans DO care. 

We want to know what conflicts of interest Trump may have as he calls for tax reform, tries to strip Americans of their health insurance, and orders military action in other countries. His refusal to disclose his returns flies in the face of decades of precedent, and given Trump’s extensive network of foreign and domestic business dealings, more financial transparency is needed—not less.

Americans across our country gathered this past weekend to demand answers, and if Trump refuses to heed these demands, Congress must act. I’m supporting legislation, H.R. 305, the Presidential Tax Transparency Act, that requires presidents and presidential nominees of major parties to publicly disclose at least three previous years of federal tax returns. I also pushed for the passage of Rep. Pascrell’s amendment to demand the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees use their authority to review Trump’s tax returns. Unfortunately, Republicans continue to stand in the way of efforts to hold Trump accountable. 

The American people deserve transparency from their elected officials. We should not have to resort to parliamentary tactics to get to the bottom of these allegations. I’m going to keep demanding that we get answers, and I hope you’ll do the same.


Earl Blumenauer 

Member of Congress