Top Republican offers resolution following Trump tax return lawsuit

Rep. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyRepublicans' rendezvous with reality — their plan is to cut Social Security The Social Security 2100 Act is critical for millennials and small business owners House panel releases documents of presidential tax return request before Trump MORE (R-Texas), the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced a resolution on Tuesday in response to House Democrats' lawsuit over President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE's tax returns.

The lawsuit, filed last week, was authorized by the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group — a group of top lawmakers that is currently majority Democratic. Brady's resolution would instead require the full House to authorize committees' judicial proceedings.

House Democrats are unlikely to give Brady's resolution a floor vote. Nonetheless, Brady said his resolution is valuable.

"I think it's important that we restore the voice of the House," Brady told reporters. "It was a historical mistake and a fatal flaw for Democrats to circumvent a pretty important process."

He added that because Democrats didn't hold a committee vote and House vote on the tax-returns lawsuit, "it certainly weakens if not fatally flaws their lawsuit."

Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealDemocrats push judge for quick action on Trump tax returns lawsuit Trump argues NY tax return case should take place in DC NY files motion to keep Trump tax returns lawsuit out of DC court MORE (D-Mass.) brought the lawsuit after the Treasury Department and IRS rejected his requests and subpoenas for six years of Trump's personal and business tax returns. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in D.C., asks a judge to order Treasury and the IRS to comply with the requests and subpoenas.

The lawsuit was filed after the House last month passed a resolution along party lines to allow House committees to initiate judicial proceedings to enforce their subpoenas if they are authorized to do so by the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group.

Neal says that he wants to obtain Trump's tax returns because the Ways and Means Committee is interested in oversight and legislation related to how the IRS audits presidents. But Brady in a statement called Democrats' efforts to obtain Trump's tax returns a "political fishing expedition to expose the President’s private tax information."

When asked about Brady's resolution on Tuesday, Neal said he didn't have any thoughts about it.

"Members can bring up their resolutions," he said.

Neal was also asked about legislation New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed on Monday that would allow him to request Trump's state tax returns. Neal said that he's talking to his lawyers about the New York law but reiterated that he's not likely to seek Trump's state tax returns.

"So far the attorneys have been pretty clear that they don't think that it's applicable in a manner that's currently being discussed," Neal said.