The New York state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that aims to allow certain committees in the U.S. House of Representatives to request tax returns — include those filed by President Donald Trump.
The bill was passed by a vote of 39 to 21.
#NYSenate Bill S5072A, sponsored by Senator @bradhoylman, passed 39-21 (unofficial). Requires the commissioner of taxation and finance to cooperate with investigations by certain committees of the United States Congress under certain circumstances: https://t.co/RSCf1EB41J
— New York Senate (@NYSenate) May 8, 2019
If the bill is passed by the New York Assembly and signed into law, the chairperson of the Ways and Means Committee could ask for a person’s tax returns if a request has already been made to the U.S. Treasury. The bill requires the chairperson to specify a “legitmate legislative purpose.”
“The fact is that President Trump is taking this country in a very dangerous path,” state Sen. Mike Gianaris reportedly said before the bill was passed.
“The fact is that President Trump is taking this country in a very dangerous path,” declared N.Y. @SenGianaris, a Queens Democrat, before the passage of the bill.
Next, it goes to the Assembly.
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) May 8, 2019
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin defied U.S. law this week and refused to turn over the president’s tax returns to Congress.