Citing the White House's "stonewalling" of a request by congressional Democrats to obtain President Trump's tax returns, Democratic lawmakers in New York's state legislature are spearheading a new effort to try to release the president's state tax information to Congress. "Here you have a president who is stonewalling the U.S. Congress, a co-equal branch of government undertaking its important oversight responsibilities," New York state senator Brad Hoylman told CBSN Thursday. "Lo and behold, we have Donald Trump's tax returns here in the state of New York and we can provide them to Congress if the IRS, if the Treasury Department won't."Hoylman, who represents a Manhattan district, introduced legislation that would allow the New York Department of Taxation and Finance to send Congress state tax returns requested by three Congressional committees for a "specific and legitimate legislative purpose." He said Mr. Trump's tax returns in New York will have some of the same information found … [Read more...] about New York Democrats say new effort is needed for Trump’s state tax returns after White House “stonewalling”
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This week, Democrats returned to Washington with the authority to investigate a Trump White House that is suspected of foreign collusion, conflicts of interest, and mismanagement of the federal government. How far will they go, asks Jason ZengerleAs political life kicked back into action in Washington this week, a number of letters were in circulation. All were sent by US Representative Elijah Cummings.One letter was jointly addressed to US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, demanding the age, gender, country of origin, and current location of every child who was separated from his or her parents under the Trump administration’s immigration policy.Another will have gone to Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, asking for the identities of any senior White House officials who have used — as Hillary Clinton once did — nongovernment email accounts to conduct official … [Read more...] about Trump’s Inquisitors: How far will the Democrats go with their new found investigative powers?
The 116th Congress will be seated Thursday, with Democrats taking the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives after eight years out of power. The first order of business is electing Rep. Nancy Pelosi to be House speaker for the second time. The House is set to convene at noon. After Pelosi is confirmed, the new members will be sworn in. Members will then vote on a new rules package to govern conduct in the House during the 116th Congress. Once the ceremonial parts of the day are completed, the session may get more contentious.Pelosi has announced plans to pass a spending bill immediately she takes the gavel on Thursday in order to end the government shutdown. However, the bill does not include funding for a border wall, so President Trump has said that he will not sign it. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said that the Senate will not vote on a bill which would not receive the president's approval.Live updates of the new Congress follow below Watch new … [Read more...] about New Congress seated: Democratic members sworn in, Pelosi to be elected speaker — live updates
A top White House official warned on Sunday that it's "very possible" the partial government shutdown stretches into the new year and that how quickly numerous shuttered Cabinet departments and agencies resume doing the people's business is up to Congress. "The ball is in the Senate's court," acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said. Senate Democrats, who oppose funding for President Donald Trump's promised border wall, contend government could reopen immediately if Mr Trump drops his demand to extend a physical barrier along the US-Mexico border. A stalemate over the wall led parts of the government to shut down on Saturday after funding for numerous departments and agencies expired. Mr Mulvaney, who is also director of the White House budget office, said he's awaiting word from Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York after the administration on Saturday presented Mr Schumer with a counteroffer in the long-running dispute over funding the wall. Mr Mulvaney … [Read more...] about US government shutdown ‘could stretch into New Year’ says Trump’s acting chief of staff
Chad Arnold Albany Bureau Published 1:17 PM EST Dec 21, 2018 ALBANY – Sprint has agreed to pay a $330 million settlement after the company skirted New York tax law for nearly a decade, New York's attorney general announced Friday. The record-breaking settlement came in the wake of a false claims lawsuit filed by Attorney General Barbara Underwood alleging the cellular provider failed to collect and remit over $100 million in state and local taxes on flat-rate calling plans. The $330 million settlement is the largest recovery by a single state in a false claims lawsuit, according to the attorney general's office. “Sprint knew exactly how New York sales tax law applied to its plans – yet for years the company flagrantly broke the law, cheating the state and its localities out of tax dollars that should have been invested in our communities,” Underwood said in a statement. More: Are you a small business Scrooge? Better mend your … [Read more...] about Sprint to pay record $330 million settlement in New York: Here’s why.