Action: Ask your US Representative to co-sponsor H. Res. 186 calling for Trump to release tax returns and other financial documents. This is a NEW effort to get at this information using a rule in the U.S. tax code.
Who to call: Your Representative in the U.S. House (Polis, Buck)
Script: I am asking you to co-sponsor House Resolution 186, which is currently under consideration by the Ways and Means Committee. This resolution is asking is for Trump to release his tax statements and financial documents.
Details: On March 9, Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced a Resolution of Inquiry directing the Secretary of the Treasury to submit to the House of Representatives President Trump’s tax returns for tax years 2006 through 2015, as well as financial documentation that details debts held by foreign governments and foreign companies; investments in foreign countries and foreign enterprises; and use of any tax shelters, corporate structures, tax avoidance maneuvers, abatements, or other loopholes to reduce or eliminate tax liability. H.Res.186 (this is different than a normal HR bill).
If the House Ways and Means Committee does not schedule Rep. Pascrell’s Resolution of Inquiry for a markup within 14 legislative days, it becomes a Privileged Resolution and can be brought to the floor in front of the full House for a vote. In other words, no matter what, members of the Ways and Means Committee will have to go on record with a vote.
A portion of the U.S. tax code, Section 6103(f)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code, allows the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Senate Committee on Finance, and the Joint Committee on Taxation to make such a request to allow members of the committee to review the tax documents of any individual in closed session and consider their public release. This move would allow for important Congressional oversight of potential conflicts of interest, which up to this point has not been possible because of the President’s refusal to release his tax returns. #CongressMustRequest
A Resolution of Inquiry is a legislative tool that has privileged parliamentary status, meaning it can be brought to the floor if the relevant Committee hasn’t reported it within 14 legislative days, even if the Majority leadership has not scheduled it for a vote. Once introduced, the Committee must schedule a Markup in that set time, which means there has to be debate and the Committee must vote on the Resolution. The Committee can report the Resolution “unfavorably” after Markup to prevent it from going to the floor, otherwise it can be raised for a vote before the full House of Representatives.
Call your Representatives: Each and every single one should be a co-sponsor on Mr. Pascrell’s Resolution of Inquiry, yet as of March 12, only 29 are. In Colorado, only Perlmutter has signed on as a co-sponsor.
Tuesday, March 14
Action: Support Jon Ossoff for the seat in Georgia’s 6th District vacated by Tom Price (R, now Secretary of Health and Human Services)
Source: Move On, Daily Kos
Details: There will be a special election for this seat on April 18, 2017. David Nir, the political director of Daily Kos, said that his platform picked Ossoff as the guy to back in the race partly because of Congressman John Lewis’ endorsement. He told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that the endorsement was a big signal in the “winnable race.”
Wednesday, March 15
Action: Ask your congressional representatives to support ethical treatment of those affected by Trump’s travel ban.
Who to Call: Your U.S. Representative (ask Ken Buck to co-sponsor, thank Jared Polis for co-sponsoring). Your Senators (ask both Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet to co-sponsor)
Script: I am asking you to co-sponsor legislation (H.R. 1006 in the House and S. 349 in the Senate) that would guarantee access to legal counsel for those affected by the travel ban.
Details: Pramila Jayapal introduced legislation (H.R. 1006) in the U.S. House on February 13 that would guarantee access to legal counsel, require access to an attorney before one can relinquish one’s legal status, and ensure basic needs (such as access to food and water) are met while being held. Senator Kamala Harris of California has introduced similar legislation in the Senate (S. 349). There are 49 co-sponsors in the House (including Polis) and 6 co-sponsors in the Senate (NOT including Bennet)
Thursday, March 16
Action: Ask your Colorado Senator to support HB17-1156 which prohibits mental health practitioners from trying to convert teenage homosexuals into heterosexuals.
Who to Call: Members of State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee from Northern Colorado:
Jerry Sonnenberg District 1 (Weld County) 303-866-6360
Vicki Marble District 3 (Weld, Larimer) 303-866-4876
Script: Conversion therapy is both unethical and ineffective. It has ruined lives and led to suicide and should be abolished. Please support the bill (HB17-1156) currently under consideration by your committee which prohibits this practice.
Stephen Fenberg (Boulder – Co-sponsor of the bill) 303-866-4872
Script: Thank you for co-sponsoring HB17-1156 which would prohibit the unethical and ineffective practice of conversion therapy.
Details: This bill passed the Colorado House for the third time on February 28 and has now been referred to the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee in the Senate. It has to pass the committee in order to come to a vote on the senate floor.
Friday, March 17
Action: Sign up for Jen Hoffman’s Weekly Non-Partisan Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience
Details: No matter your political stripe, Americans are good, generous people who pull together in a pinch. What’s in the Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience? 1) Clear, no-hype actions to support freedom and equality for all Americans. 2) A weekly reading list of selected articles on important issues (often not in the news). 3) A Not Normal section shows how our leaders are out of integrity with American values. 4) Good News about progress and people doing kind things for each other.