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Once again, there is a push for Congress to be exempt from what they demand of others. But this time it isn’t an onerous health care plan.

On Friday, Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced H.R.1, the “For the People Act,” according to CNS News.

A summary of the bill is available online and gives a quick look at what is included in the 571-page legislation. Maryland’s Democratic Rep. John Sarbanes, D-Md.is the lead author of the bill, as well as the chairman of the Democracy Reform Task Force.

CNBC reported that Sarbannes said in a statement that “Once we clean up Washington and get special interests out of the way, we can get to work on a whole host of important issues that Americans care about.” However, from the items specified in the bill’s summary, it appears more like it is about addressing the Democrats’ “special interests.”

One glaring example of that is found in Title X – Presidential Transparency. In the summary, it reads simply as “Requires sitting presidents and vice presidents, as well as candidates for the presidency and vice presidency, to release their tax returns.”

Forcing President Donald Trump to release his tax returns was a talking point used in the 2018 mid-term elections by Democrats. Of note is the fact that Congress is not held to the same standard.

There is nothing in the bill summary indicating any mandate that candidates for Congress release their tax returns. Members of Congress are sometimes held in suspicion by the American public over the fact that a number of them become millionaires while serving in office, despite insufficient government pay to accomplish such a thing.

This would make the exemption for themselves appear a bit suspicious. That is on top of the fact that it is another example of them exempting themselves from something they force onto others.

This exemption for themselves reflects an unwilligness to be transparent about their own finances display in 2017. When they were calling for Trump to release his tax returns, Roll Call asked them for theirs, reported CNS News.

All 535 members of both the House and the Senate were given the request. Six members complied and an additional 6 already had released their returns prior to the request.

On top of that, 45 members of Congress already had at least partially released their returns. This leaves 473 who did not release their returns either before or after the request.

Not surprisingly, now-Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to release her tax returns. She is also the same member of Congress who introduced the bill in question to force President Trump to release his.

The introduction in the summary of the bill speaks of transparency and the House Democrats being “ready to deliver on that promise.” The transparency talking point is something Pelosi reiterated recently to MSNBC:

But where is her personal transparency in regards to her own tax returns? Where is the transparency from the House democrats as a whole, in regards to this bill exempting them from releasing their tax returns?

With a Republican majority in the Senate, the bill, which is rife with Democratic talking points, may not pass. But the fact that the Democrats saw fit to spend time creating the 571-page virtue signal rather than address current issues such as the government shut down says something about them that Americans may not appreciate at all.

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17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Mary Johnson

    January 9, 2019 at 1:31 am

    Well that is real funny beings they are the ones being charged with taxes evasion.

  2. Carolyn

    January 9, 2019 at 1:43 am

    What do they think they will find that the IRS hasn’t already found?

  3. Silas Longshot

    January 9, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Come on Nutty Nancy, you show me yours first.
    Assuming the million to one shot this got passed, I’m betting they’ll have to write in that democrat presidents must be exempted from this BS or they’ll never get another fool to run for president and have to reveal all the shady shat they’ve pulled to get where they are.

  4. pjt

    January 9, 2019 at 1:53 am

    I predict the House will get absolutely nothing done to help this country in the next 2 years. They will spend all their time going after Trump in one way or another.
    5 STAGES OF GRIEF:
    Denial, Anger, Depression, Bargaining, Acceptance.
    Dems/Libs/Progressives/Socialists seem to be stuck somewhere between denial and anger with maybe a toe dipped in to depression. And they love remaining in a state of prolonged mourning.

    • Rick

      January 9, 2019 at 7:09 am

      Well said pjt….

  5. L

    January 9, 2019 at 2:59 am

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If Trump and Pence are forced to release tax returns, so does all of Congress. Would also like to see the list of tax funded sex abuse offenders and victims

  6. Polly

    January 9, 2019 at 3:05 am

    Maybe she should be giving hers.

  7. Bonnie

    January 9, 2019 at 3:20 am

    Well sad for the Democrats it is illegal for the IRS to release the private taxes of a taxpayer, it has already been turned down by the courts. Find something else to harp on, let’s see the redacted files of the missing emails from Clinton or the original Birth Certificate of Obama or his college financial records. Yeah exactly what I thought Pelosi, Schumer, and some other Democrats show exactly how out of touch and dumb they are. I bet the total of Pelosi and Schumer IQ is not even a 100

  8. Dee

    January 9, 2019 at 3:46 am

    Pelosi needs to retire and so should a lot of others in Politics. What is needed is a term limit for all Senators , House of Rep like what the President, Vice President and the Governors have to do. There are way too many people in our Government that needs to retire and not let them run once their term is up. Pelosi needs to produce her Tax Refunds before she demands other to do so.

  9. Carol

    January 9, 2019 at 4:13 am

    Nancy grow up, We need the government open, not a bill on Trump tax return.

  10. fred

    January 9, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    SHOW ME YOURS,, THEN I;LL SHOW YOU MINE

  11. Anthony Taylor

    January 9, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    My answer to be three words “GO POUND SAND”.

  12. Joe

    January 9, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Lets start with Hillary than chuckies then yours Pelosi. No exemptions. If one shows than all people who are running for office must show theirs

  13. Joe

    January 9, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    But you won’t release yours, fuck you nancy and your daughter. Die you bitch

  14. JOE

    January 12, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    What a freaking waste of time and TAXPAYER MONEY!!! Do they actually think that President Trump would sign that piece of shit even if it managed to pass BOTH Houses of Congress? That is after all one of the requirements to become law! It’s way past time for PIGLOSI to RETIRE!!! You hear me now Nancy, you STUPID BITCH??!! Ditto to you too John Sarbanes!

  15. bluewren1

    January 15, 2019 at 3:05 am

    You must be kidding me she is allowed to get away with that??

  16. Pat Smith

    January 15, 2019 at 3:06 am

    I am laughing deep down and she actually thinks she can get away with that?

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