Tax and Appropriations

Republicans Break With Romney on Tax Returns; Still Won't Allow Vote to Extend Middle-Class Tax Cut

We’re excited to see a growing unity within Republican ranks –over the need for their presumptive nominee to release more than just two years worth of tax returns.  The calls for transparency are growing, even from House Republicans:  

  • HRCC Chair Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX):  “His personal finances, the way he does things, his record, are fair game.”
  • Rep. Ron Paul:  “In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want.”
  • Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC):  “I think he should release his financial records, and I think if he does it in July it would be a lot better than in October.”

And House Republicans aren’t the only ones weighing in:

  • Conservative columnist George Will:  “The costs of not releasing the returns are clear, therefore he must have calculated that there are higher costs in releasing them.”
  • Former RNC Chair Michael Steele:  “Put out as much information as you can. Even if you don’t release 12 years worth of tax returns, at least three, four, five.
  • Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol:  “He should release the tax returns tomorrow. It's crazy.  You gotta release six, eight, 10 years of back tax returns."

We just wish Republicans were as united when it comes to keeping taxes low for the middle class.  Where are Republican calls for a clean vote to extend tax cuts to those earning at or below $250,000 – something on which we have wide agreement?