For Immediate Release

15 Progressive Groups Send Letter to NYS Assembly Speaker Heastie Urging Passage of TRUST Act to Get Trump's Tax Returns

Coalition Continues Massive Constituent Call Campaign to Support TRUST Act, Generating Over 2,100 Calls in 10 Days

New York - Today, a coalition of local and national organizations led by Stand Up America has sent a letter to New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie urging him to swiftly pass the TRUST Act (A7194) and send it to Governor Cuomo’s desk to be signed into law. The coalition of progressive organizations is urging the Assembly to immediately pass this critical piece of legislation that would allow the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to cooperate with ongoing congressional investigations into President Trump and his various financial entanglements by providing his state tax returns to Congress.

The letter comes after Stand Up America and its coalition partners drove more than 2,100 calls from constituents in 10 days to state lawmakers urging them to support the legislation in conference ahead of a floor vote. The coalition’s grassroots campaign has included constituent calls, digital ads, and lobbying efforts in Albany.

“The undersigned organizations, on behalf of our members and communities, urge you to work with your conference to swiftly pass the New York State TRUST Act (A7194) in the Assembly and send it to Governor Cuomo’s desk to be signed into law,” wrote the coalition in its letter to Heastie. “This bill is a critical piece of legislation that would not only allow Congress to investigate President Trump and his various financial entanglements, but would also allow the American people to hold him accountable for his deeply troubling conflicts of interests.”

The campaign will continue until the TRUST Act reaches Governor Cuomo’s desk. Read the full letter here and below.

Additional Background: The TRUST Act requires the commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to cooperate with investigations by certain committees of the United States Congress. The law would require the Department to provide state tax returns and other return information upon written request from the chairs of the House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee, or the Joint Committee on Taxation. The congressional request must be made for a specific and legitimate legislative purpose and the committee must have requested the related federal tax information from the Internal Revenue Service pursuant to 26 U.S.C. § 6103(f)—the same law Chairman Neal used to request Trump’s tax returns from the IRS. Once obtained, the congressional committee can review and release the tax returns to Congress consistent with federal law.

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To Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie,

As Speaker of the New York State Assembly, you have the power and duty to champion legislation that is in the best interest of New Yorkers and the American people at large. In this perilous political moment for our country, we need your leadership and courage now more than ever.

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At every turn, President Trump and his administration have ignored democratic norms of transparency and attempted to hide the truth from the American people. Today, the administration is illegally blocking congressional requests for Trump’s personal and business tax returns and stymieing the progress of numerous investigations into his conflicts of interest.

While the House Ways and Means Committee attempts to force Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the Internal Revenue Service to comply with the request for President Trump’s tax returns, we believe it is imperative that you pursue every available avenue for obtaining and publicly disclosing President Trump’s state tax returns.

To that end, the undersigned organizations, on behalf of our members and communities, urge you to work with your conference to swiftly pass the New York State TRUST Act (A7194) in the Assembly and send it to Governor Cuomo’s desk to be signed into law.

This bill is a critical piece of legislation that would not only allow Congress to investigate President Trump and his various financial entanglements, but would also allow the American people to hold him accountable for his deeply troubling conflicts of interests.

We firmly believe that it is in the public’s interest to ensure that any elected official, especially the President of the United States, pays their fair share and is free of financial and business entanglements that may influence his or her decisions in office. Your support for the New York State TRUST Act and your commitment to pushing it through the Assembly would ensure that President Trump cannot continue obscuring the truth from lawmakers or the public.

We look forward to your response and to your swift action on this matter.

Sincerely,
Stand Up America

Co-Signed By The Following Organizations:
32BJ SEIU
Americans for Tax Fairness
Citizen Action of New York
Common Cause New York
CREDO
Empire State Indivisible
Equal Justice Society
Persist NY
Public Citizen
Rise and Resist
Rockland United
Strong Economy for All Coalition
Tax March
Working Families Party

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