March 28, 2017
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Committee on Ways & Means held a markup on H.Res. 186, a resolution directing the Secretary of Treasury to furnish 10 years of the President’s tax returns to the House of Representatives. Since the early 1970s, all presidents, Republicans and Democrats, have released their tax returns with the exception of President Gerald Ford, who released a summary of tax data. Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell voted for H.Res. 186 when the resolution failed to pass the Committee in a 24-to-16 vote.
“I voted to release Trump’s tax returns because voters have the right to know when our president puts his own financial interests ahead of the public interest,” said Rep. Sewell. “For more than four decades, presidents from both parties have released their tax returns because transparency is fundamental to the health of our democracy. The American people deserve the security of knowing that our president is free of any conflicts of interest.”
Since the President’s inauguration, ethics experts have strongly objected to Trump’s lack of distance from his business investments. The President owns more than 150 businesses spread across 26 countries and has reported assets regulated by 17 different federal agencies.
Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) is serving her fourth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional district. She sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and was recently appointed to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. Sewell is a Chief Deputy Whip and serves on the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee of the Democratic Caucus. She is also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, and serves as Vice Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus, and Vice Chair of Outreach for the New Democrat Coalition.