(CNSNews.com) – House Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Penn.) said she was “not sure” whether Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) should be required to release her income tax returns, even though Pelosi has called for the release of the president and vice president’s tax returns.
“I’ll have to go think about it,” said Scanlon.
At the Capitol on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked Scanlon, “In H.R. 1, Speaker Pelosi would require the president and the vice president to release their tax returns. Do you think Speaker Pelosi should be required. … Do you think as the Speaker of the House she should also be required to release her tax return, or no?”
“I haven’t thought about that,” Scanlon said. “I’ll have to go think about it, I’m sorry. Yeah. Although there certainly are other disclosure rules.”
“Congressional disclosure rules are actually much more stringent than those applied to the president,” said Scanlon, “so, with respect to finance and, and conflicts of interest. So, I’m not sure.”
On Thursday, Pelosi said that Congress has “important judgments to make” based on President Donald Trump’s tax returns, and forcing the president to disclose his tax returns is necessary to “make those judgments.”
On Jan. 3, the first day of the 116th Congress, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) introduced H.R. 1, called the “For the People Act of 2019.”
Section 10001 of the act, entitled Presidential and Vice Presidential Tax Transparency, states that the sitting president and vice president must submit copies of their income tax returns “for the taxable year and for the 9 preceding taxable years” to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), and the FEC must make the returns “publicly available.”
In addition, presidential and vice presidential candidates from a “major party” would be required to submit copies of their income tax returns for the “10 most recent taxable years.”
Under H.R. 1, members of Congress, including Pelosi, would not be required to disclose their tax returns.