Presidential campaign comes to Senate floor

From Politico:

In one of the most overt displays of campaign theatrics this year, two separate proposals targeting Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on transparency were blocked on the Senate floor on Thursday.

Democrats struck first with an attempt to highlight Trump’s opaque financial history. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) took to the floor press for a bill that would force presidential candidates to release three years of their tax returns. Trump, of course, has refused to do so, and Wyden’s proposal would have the Treasury secretary release a presidential candidate’s returns if he or she refuses to do so.

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“Every Democrat, every Republican, every liberal, every conservative has subscribed to honoring this particular tradition. Why is it so important? Tax returns say so much about a candidate for the world’s most demanding job rather than the spin and deception that count as messaging in a presidential campaign,” Wyden said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) obliquely called on Trump to release his returns on Thursday, following similar requests from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other GOP leaders for Trump to be more transparent on the matter. But that doesn’t mean Republicans are willing to swallow an attempt to pass legislation that would target only their candidate.

“If my friend from Oregon wants to discuss transparency and bringing the presidential election here to the floor of the United States Senate, I think the person we should start with is the former secretary of state,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Cornyn then pushed for a bill written by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) that would effectively block Clinton from accessing …

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