The US House of Representatives passes a bill 229-186 on party lines to uphold the decision made by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) to conceal Donald Trump's tax returns
House Republicans voted en masse to block a resolution that would have forced Trump to turn his tax returns over to Congress on Monday night.
The measure was introduced by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Under a 1924 law, the Ways and Means Committee is empowered to examine tax returns. The committee could then decide to release them to the full Congress, effectively making them public.
Trump has broken with decades of precedent and refused to release his tax returns, citing an ongoing audit.
Pascrell first brought his request to the Chairman of the Way and Mean Committee, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX). Brady rejected the request, citing concern for Trump’s “civil liberties.”
Pascrell was able to bring the issue to a full vote on the floor through a vehicle known as a “privileged resolution.”