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Democrat states working to block a second term for Trump

They're designing a law denying candidacy to anyone refusing to disclose his tax returns

Democrat states working to block a second term for Trump

Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.), the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, on Wednesday introduced a bill that would require President-elect Donald Trump to release his tax returns.

The measure comes as Democrats are pushing to increase the financial transparency of Trump and his wealthy Cabinet picks. But it is unlikely to be enacted with Trump taking office later this month and Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress.

Wyden's bill would require sitting presidents to provide their three most recent years of tax returns to the Office of Government Ethics (OGE). It would also mandate that major-party presidential nominees release their returns to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) within 15 days of accepting the nomination at party conventions. 

Under the bill, if presidents and nominees don't release their tax returns, the Treasury secretary would provide them directly to OGE and FEC. The agencies would then make the returns public.

Wyden had introduced a version of the bill last year that focused just on nominees. After Trump won, he expressed his intention to re-offer the measure to have it also apply to sitting presidents.

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