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The Oversight Options Available to the House Ways & Means Committee

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Earlier this month, Richard Neal, the chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means and the one Democrat with the power to obtain Trump’s tax returns, announced his intention to slow-walk the process of requesting the President’s returns. We here at the Revolving Door Project believe this game has already gone on long enough. ...

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Earlier this month, Richard Neal, the chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means and the one Democrat with the power to obtain Trump’s tax returns, announced his intention to slow-walk the process of requesting the President’s returns. We here at the Revolving Door Project believe this game has already gone on long enough. As we wrote at the American Prospect, Neal should request Trump’s tax returns right away and after that easy part of the committee’s job is over, proceed to the more difficult oversight that lies ahead.

This oversight should be undertaken with the goal of not only educating the public about problems but also starting a conversation within civil society and among potential future presidents about ways new laws and better executive branch appointees can begin to fix what ails us as a society.

Given Neal’s trepidation, we have decided to provide him with a draft agenda for Ways and Means. We hope that Neal takes note, reverses course and charges ahead on oversight.

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