Call your house representative and shame or thank them over how they voted on the February 28 resolution to release Trump’s tax returns.
More than a million people signed a WhiteHouse.gov petition demanding that Trump release his tax returns. He promised to do so on the campaign trail and refused after he was ensconced in office.
On February 28, New Jersey House Rep Bill Pascrell, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, forced a floor vote on the issue of examining Trump’s tax returns and releasing them to the full Congress. He made the move after the Republican committee chair declined his request.
The vote split along party lines. A total of 229 Republicans voted it down (Walter Johnson of North Carolina and Mark Sanford of South Carolina simply voted ‘present’; six others did not vote), while 185 Democrats voted yes (an additional eight did not vote).
Below is a link to the full results of the vote. Please find your house rep on this list and call that person and make your voice heard.
Be warned that for most of those listed, only a last name is given. The Republicans are in roman type, and the Democrats are in italics.
Sample script for house reps who voted to release Trump’s tax returns: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code), and I wanted to thank House Rep (Lastname) for his/her vote on February 28 in favor of releasing Donald Trump’s tax returns to the full Congress. I feel it is important that Trump be held to account and made to obey the rules that every other presidential candidate since Nixon has done voluntarily. Seeing his tax returns will be key to clearing up the Russia mess, too. Thank you for doing the right thing. I will remember your vote when you run for re-election in 2018, and I will reward you for it.”
Sample script for house reps who voted against releasing Trump’s tax returns: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code), and I wanted to tell House Rep (Lastname) how angry I am with his/her vote on February 28 against releasing Donald Trump’s tax returns to the full Congress. Every presidential candidate since Nixon has released their tax returns voluntarily. Trump should be made to obey the same rules that they honored without having to be prodded or forced. In addition, Trump’s tax returns likely contain information that could answer explain the nature and the extent of his ties to Russia. It is long since time to rip this Band-Aid off. I will remember your vote when you run for re-election in 2018. Know that because you voted against releasing Trump’s tax returns, I will work to elect your opponent, and I will encourage my fellow constituents to do so as well. The only way I will reconsider is if you reverse your decision if releasing the tax returns comes up for a vote again.”