2. SOUNDBITE (English) State Sen. Brad Hoylman, (D) New York
"Simply put, no one is above the law. And we have a situation in Washington where a coequal branch of government has requested tax information from the White House and it's being stonewalled. It's being stonewalled based upon a whole host of legal arguments, but at the end of the day we know that Congress has the right and responsibility to oversee the executive branch and they are entitled to that information. It's nothing new."
New York's Senate has approved legislation that would allow congressional investigators to get access to President Donald Trump's state tax returns, giving Democrats a potential end-run around the administration's refusal to disclose his federal returns.
The bill, which now goes to the state Assembly, doesn't target Trump by name but would authorize state tax officials to release returns filed by anyone in New York if requested by the leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee or the Joint Committee on Taxation.
Both chambers of the state Legislature are controlled by Democrats.
Republicans have decried it as an unprecedented invasion of Trump's privacy.
"I've never heard anybody in all my 18 years in the Senate say they don't think the IRS or Congress needs more power to make their tax information, their finances public. I've never heard that from anyone," said State Senator Joseph Robach, a Republican.
It would apply to returns filed by the U.S. president and vice president, U.S. senators, or the state's governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general or comptroller.
The measure isn't scheduled for a vote yet in the state Assembly. Both the House and Assembly are led by Democrats.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has declined to disclose Trump's federal returns to the House, saying the request "lacks a legitimate legislative purpose."
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