Call of the Day: Support "The Presidential Tax Transparency Act"

The Presidential Tax Transparency Act (H.R. 305 in the House and S. 26 in the Senate) is a bipartisan bill that will require all Presidents and nominees for President by major U.S. political parties to release their tax returns to the public. Doing so voluntarily has been a decades-long tradition of transparency for holders of the highest office of the land. In explaining his rationale for releasing his taxes, Nixon infamously said, "people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook".

While a candidate, Trump repeatedly promised to release his taxes, but claimed he couldn't because he was under audit. The IRS stated that federal privacy rules prohibit the agency from discussing individual tax matters, but "nothing prevents individuals from sharing their own tax information." Trump's unwillingness to be transparent in this matter suggests he may have something to hide.

The bill has 75 co-sponsors and counting from both sides of the aisle in the House. House Democrats are hoping to find even more support as this bill is introduced to the House Ways and Means Committee.

On April 15th, Tax Marches will be held in 140 cities across the country. Go to taxmarch.org to find a rally near you.

Make 3 Calls:

Sen. Bill Cassidy- (504) 838-0130

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Sen. Kennedy -  (225) 930-9033

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Rep. Cedric Richmond - (504) 288-3777

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Rep. Steve Scalise - (504) 837-1259

Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents are either in Louisiana's 1st District or its 2nd District. Please only contact your representative (Richmond or Scalise). If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

Your script:

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, STATE]

I am calling today to find out whether [REP NAME/SEN NAME] has co-sponsored [HR 305 for House/S 26 for Senate], The Presidential Tax Transparency Act.

IF YES - Great! Please thank [REP/SEN NAME] for joining a bi-partisan effort to restore transparency to the Executive branch.

IF NO - I strongly urge [REP/SEN NAME] to work with their colleagues to move this legislation forward.

Thank you for your time and attention.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

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