Faso votes to block push to reveal Trump’s taxes

In a party line vote Monday, Congressman John Faso joined fellow Republicans in blocking a procedural measure that would have forced President Donald Trump to reveal is tax returns to Congress.

The Republican-controlled House voted 229-185 to postpone a proposal by Democrats. Democrats have said they want the tax returns so Americans can see Trump’s business ties, potential conflicts of interest and whether they pose any national security threat.

According to the Associated Press, Faso voted with Republicans on Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s motion to postpone the motion indefinitely.

In a statement from Faso, defended his vote Monday by saying the resolution didn’t meet rules required for it to head to the House floor, though he said Trump should release his tax returns.

“My opinion is that President Trump ought to release his tax returns in accordance with modern presidential tradition. I also recognize the fact that the American public, including and especially those living in the 19th District, elected him president despite this departure from tradition. This vote was procedural and not a vote on actual legislation to mandate the President to release his tax returns. I agreed with the ruling of the chair that the substance of this resolution failed to meet the minimum requirements laid out by the rules of the House to be considered on the floor. I voted to uphold those rules of debate without which the Washington gridlock rightly opposed by our constituents would only get worse,” Faso said.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the campaign arm of House Democrats, was quick to pounce on Faso’s vote Tuesday in an emailed statement.

“House Republicans’ unanimous vote to keep President Trump’s tax returns a secret from the American people further demonstrates where their allegiances lie. Not only are House Republicans helping President Trump avoid even a modicum of transparency, they are aiding and abetting him in hiding potential conflicts of interest that could threaten our national security. This is a disturbing state of affairs,” said Meredith Kelly of the DCCC.

Faso represents the 19th Congressional District, that includes Ulster and Sullivan counties.

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