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Transparency in the Trump Administration

Demanding President Trump’s Tax Returns

Since the Watergate era, every candidate for president has released their tax returns with one exception – Donald Trump. President Trump is not above the law and confronts numerous conflicts of interest. Americans have the right to know the basic and critical information from presidential candidates contained in their tax returns. They are running to represent us in the highest office in the land with its unique responsibilities, duties, and burdens like no other in the world. I have led multiple efforts in the Ways and Means Committee and on the floor of the House to obtain President Trump’s tax returns and support legislation to require all future presidential candidates to release their returns.

Independent Investigation into Russian Interference

U.S. intelligence agencies agree that Russia interfered in the 2016 election. Since last November, I have called for a non-partisan, independent, comprehensive investigation of Russian interference. While I hope that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will have all the resources necessary to conduct a full and thorough, unimpeded inquiry, continuing revelations have reinforced the need for an independent commission to complete an investigation. I support efforts to restore confidence in our democracy. 

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August 7, 2020 Press Release
As the pandemic broadens and President Trump insists on rushing the short timeline for a COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, joined with Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chair of the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, and eleven other members of Congress to press the Trump Administration for a comprehensive accounting and progress report on precisely how much taxpayer money has been poured into the COVID-19 vaccine efforts so far and how it is being used.
August 6, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Chair of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, reacted to President Trump’s executive order on manufacturing today:
July 30, 2020 In The News
WASHINGTON - In a rare moment in the Trump era, several Texas Republicans pushed back against President Donald Trump on Thursday when he floated in a tweet the idea of delaying the presidential election in November. The president does not have the legal authority to move Election Day; that power resides with Congress.
July 30, 2020 In The News
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump floated the idea of delaying the presidential election on Thursday morning, citing the COVID-19 pandemic and what he views as the high risk of fraud as mail-in balloting becomes more widespread.
July 28, 2020 In The News
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced Tuesday it is rejecting all new applications from would-be Dreamers as it considers trying again to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, just weeks after the Supreme Court blocked Trump’s last attempt to kill it.
July 27, 2020 In The News
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Monday that the forthcoming coronavirus relief package from Republicans will include "increased business deductions for meals and entertainment."
July 27, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, released the following statement regarding the latest proposed tax break being promoted by the Trump Administration, which enriches Trump
July 24, 2020 In The News
The Trump Administration has announced four executive orders to lower drug prices, but health policy experts say they will likely offer patients only minimal relief and may take months to implement, if they're implemented at all.
July 21, 2020 In The News
As the White House dug in on plans to deploy federal agents to Portland and other U.S. cities, few of President Donald Trump’s allies in Texas rose to his defense amid a Democratic uproar over “secret police.” Critics see an authoritarian shift that only inflames tensions. They cite reports of federal agents in uniforms that lack insignia or name tags detaining protesters in unmarked vans, a practice they call a massive overreaction to localized protests.
July 16, 2020 In The News
Michael B. Williams spent nearly two years helping to run a trade group focused on expanding sales of firearm silencers by American manufacturers. But try as he might, he could not achieve one of the industry’s main goals: overturning a ban on sales to private foreign buyers enacted by the State Department to protect American troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Then Mr. Williams joined the Trump administration. As a White House lawyer, he pushed to overturn the prohibition, raising the issue with influential administration officials and creating pressure within the State Department, according to current and former government officials. On Friday, the State Department lifted the ban, and a longtime industry goal was realized. The change paved the way for as much as $250 million a year in possible new overseas sales for companies that Mr. Williams had championed as general counsel of the American Suppressor Association.