How one constituent got U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle to co-sponsor a resolution seeking Trump’s tax returns

She simply took his advice.

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MJ Slaby

Thanks to an inquiring constituent from Baldwin, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle will co-sponsor a U.S. House resolution seeking the release President Donald Trump’s tax returns.

House Resolution 186 asks the U.S. Treasury to give Trump’s tax returns and other specified financial information to the U.S. House of Representatives. It was referred March 9 to the House Committee on Ways and Means, per Congress’ website.

At a Saturday town hall, several people asked Doyle what they could do to prevent the passage of the American Health Care Act and how to get elected officials to pay attention to bills their constituents care about. Don’t be afraid to call and ask if they are planning to co-sponsor a bill — and why or why not, said the Democrat representing the 14th District, including much of Pittsburgh and some surrounding areas.

Nearly 20 minutes into the Q&A, a Baldwin constituent took his advice.

“My question is about House Resolution 186, which is to ask the Treasury Department to release Donald Trump’s tax returns and any information [to the House]. … I just wanted to ask if you are planning on co-sponsoring that?” she asked.

“I think I am a co-sponsor on that,” Doyle responded.

“I checked earlier today, and you weren’t,” she said, as the crowd laughed.

Doyle explained co-sponsors are added in batches, usually once a week, before saying he would double check.

“I very much believe his tax returns should be public,” he said. “I’ve made a note to myself, so if not, it’ll be on Monday, but I think we’re there.”

As of Monday, Doyle’s name wasn’t listed as a co-sponsor of HR 186, but spokesman Matt Dinkel confirmed to The Incline that Doyle asked to be a co-sponsor. Dinkel said he can’t say when that will be updated online, because  co-sponsors aren’t added with regularity.

Doyle “absolutely” believes Trump’s tax returns should be released, Dinkel said.

What likely happened, Dinkel said, is that Doyle was thinking of HR 305 — the Presidential Tax Transparency Act — instead of HR 186, during the town hall. Doyle was added March 1 as a co-sponsor of HR 305, which would change federal law to require “Presidents and certain candidates for the office of the President” to disclose certain tax returns to the public.

Watch the exchange around the 1:13:00 mark: