On The Money: Trump Fed pick owes $75K to IRS, government claims | Dems seeking Trump financial info going back 10 years | GOP bill links paid parental leave to Social Security | Pentagon transfers $1B for wall

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THE BIG DEAL--Trump Fed pick Moore owes $75K to IRS, government claims: The U.S. government is claiming that Stephen Moore, President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE's pick to serve on the Federal Reserve Board, owes more than $75,000 to the IRS, according to court records.

A lien was entered against Moore in January 2018 for unpaid taxes from the 2014 tax year and additional taxes and penalties that may accrue. The unpaid balance was $75,328.80, according to a filing in circuit court in Montgomery County, Md.

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A court clerk told The Guardian that Moore hasn't yet satisfied the claim.

Moore told The Guardian that he disputed the IRS's claim but was hoping to reach an agreement with the agency.

"For several years I have been working through a dispute with the IRS, attempting to be returned what my attorneys and accountant believe were tax overpayments of tens of thousands of dollars," Moore said in a statement to the news outlet. The Hill's Naomi Jagoda explains here.

 

LEADING THE DAY

House Dems seeking Trump financial info going back 10 years: Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee have requested information from a tax and accounting firm about President Trump's finances going back 10 years, according to a letter sent to the firm and released Wednesday.

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBlack lawmakers condemn Trump's 'lynching' remarks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Better Medicare Alliance - Trump's impeachment plea to Republicans Diplomat who raised Ukraine concerns to testify in Trump impeachment probe MORE (D-Md.), the chairman of the panel, released a letter he sent to the firm Mazars USA LLP requesting information about Trump's finances going back to Jan. 1, 2009. He released the letter after two Republicans on the panel shared news of the request earlier in the day.

Cummings wrote in his letter dated March 20 that his request was spurred by testimony from Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenTrump offers condolences on frequent foe Cummings: 'Very hard, if not impossible, to replace' Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public MORE, Trump's former personal attorney, who told lawmakers earlier this year that Trump often inflated or deflated his net worth for "potentially improper purposes."

The Hill's Tal Axelrod has more on the request here.

 

And don't forget, Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money: Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing finance plan | Dems jump into Trump turf war over student loans | House passes bill targeting anonymous shell companies House passes bill taking aim at anonymous shell companies Avoiding the snake in the grass: Let's not allow impeachment to divide us MORE (D-Calif.) told The Hill on Tuesday that her committee has begun to receive financial records from Deutsche Bank detailing their relationship with President Trump.

 

The House passed the Paycheck Fairness Act: A bill aimed at strengthening protections against wage discrimination and holding employers accountable passed the House mostly along party lines on Wednesday.

The chamber voted 242-187 for the Paycheck Fairness Act, with seven Republicans joining Democrats in voting for the bill. It was co-sponsored by 238 Democrats and GOP Rep. Chris SmithChristopher (Chris) Henry SmithChina threatens 'strong countermeasures' if Congress passes Hong Kong legislation This week: Congress returns to chaotic Washington Nancy Pelosi is ready for this fight MORE (N.J.).

Proponents of the legislation argue it's a necessary step to close the wage gap. It has been introduced multiple times since 1997 to amend the Equal Pay Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, and was reintroduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauroRosa Luisa DeLauroOvernight Health Care — Presented by Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing — Planned Parenthood charges into 2020 | PhRMA CEO warns against Pelosi drug pricing bill | Medicaid work requirements costing states millions On The Money: Trump to meet China's vice premier during trade talks | Appeals court says Deutsche Bank doesn't have Trump's tax returns | House Appropriations Chair Nita Lowey to retire DeLauro enters race to succeed Lowey as Appropriations chief MORE (D-Conn.) in January.

Seven Republicans joined Democrats in backing the bill.

The Hill's Juliegrace Brufke has the details here.

 

GOP lawmakers offer paid parental leave legislation linked to Social Security: A group of Republicans on Wednesday introduced legislation that would allow people to pull forward some of their Social Security benefits to use for paid parental leave -- the latest effort from Republicans on paid leave in recent weeks.

Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHouse passes bill taking aim at anonymous shell companies Turkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria White House staggers after tumultuous 48 hours MORE (R-Fla.) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOvernight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Trump's Syria envoy says he wasn't consulted on troop withdrawal Trump 'lynching' comparison draws backlash from lawmakers MORE (R-Utah) introduced legislation in the Senate, while Reps. Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerOn The Money: Tax, loan documents for Trump properties reportedly showed inconsistencies | Tensions flare as Dems hammer Trump consumer chief | Critics pounce as Facebook crypto project stumbles Tensions flare as Democrats urge consumer bureau to boost penalties Federal aid is reaching storm-damaged communities too late MORE (R-Mo.) and Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawGeorge Conway hits Republicans for not saying Trump's name while criticizing policy The absurdity of President Trump picking the Democratic nominee Missouri Republican wins annual craft brewing competition for lawmakers MORE (R-Texas) offered a companion bill in the House.

"Our proposal would enact paid family leave in America without increasing taxes, without placing new mandates on small businesses," Rubio said in a news conference.

How it works: Under the legislation, new parents would have the option to get early Social Security benefits for up to three months to finance paid parental leave. A fact sheet from Rubio and Romney said most parents below the median household income would be able to receive a benefit that would replace about two-thirds of their wages.

 

Democratic counteroffers: Meanwhile, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick MORE (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats reintroduced their own paid family leave bill last month, which would allow people to take paid family and medical leave for up to 12 weeks and would be paid for through small increases in payroll taxes.

Supporters of Gillibrand's bill have criticized GOP proposals, arguing that people shouldn't feel like they have to choose between paid leave and receiving Social Security when they retire.

 

Pentagon transfers $1B to help build Trump's wall: The Pentagon has moved ahead with its plan to transfer $1 billion from its accounts to help build President Trump's border wall, despite congressional backlash and the possibility that the Defense Department will lose its ability to move dollars between accounts in the future.

Defense Department Chief Financial Officer David Norquist told lawmakers on Wednesday that the money was transferred to the Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday night.

The reprogramming of funds comes after Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.), chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, rejected the Pentagon's bid to shift the money, adding his weight to the growing group of lawmakers that have condemned the move.

The Hill's Ellen Mitchell has the latest on the funding fight over the wall.

 

GOP senator says Special Olympics cuts will not be approved: Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSenate GOP braces for impeachment trial 'roller coaster' Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes MORE (R-Mo.), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that determines Department of Education funding levels, on Wednesday rejected the Trump administration's proposed cuts to the Special Olympics.

"I'm a longtime supporter of the Special Olympics and proud that Missouri is home to the largest Special Olympics training facility in the world," Blunt said in a statement.

"I was just at the World Games and saw, as I have many times before, what a huge impact the organization has on athletes, their families, and their communities. Our Department of Education appropriations bill will not cut funding for the program," he added.

 

Major backlash: The chairman of the Special Olympics also fired back at Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosTrump admin gave over million in aid to students at unaccredited for-profit colleges On The Money: Waters clashes with Trump officials over 'disastrous' housing finance plan | Dems jump into Trump turf war over student loans | House passes bill targeting anonymous shell companies Democrats jump into Trump turf war over student loans MORE after she cut all federal funding for the Special Olympics in her department's proposed budget for fiscal 2020.

"The federal government, if it believes in full inclusion -- and it does, our Constitution, our Declaration and our laws tell us we do -- and if the federal government has a role to support that, it ought to be investing in kids with special needs," Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver said on MSNBC Wednesday.

"Give these young people the chance to shine, to tell their stories, as you've heard. The country is starving for this.

 

DeVos knocks the media: DeVos hit back on Wednesday, denouncing what she described as "shameful" media coverage of "falsehoods" about the Department of Education's proposed cuts to the Special Olympics.

"It is unacceptable, shameful and counterproductive that the media and some members of Congress have spun falsehoods and fully misrepresented the facts," DeVos said in a statement.

DeVos said she had "personally supported" the Special Olympics but added that it raises more than $100 million every year in private donations.

She also said there are "dozens of worthy nonprofits" supporting students and adults with disabilities "that don't get a dime of federal grant money."

She did not identify what "falsehoods" the media allegedly perpetrated.

 

GOOD TO KNOW

 

ODDS AND ENDS

  • President Trump on Wednesday revealed he had met with Google CEO Sundar Pichai to discuss the company's work in China and allegations of anti-conservative bias.
  • The five largest publicly-owned oil and gas companies in the world have invested over $1 billion in shareholder funds in the three years following the Paris climate agreement on "misleading climate-related branding and lobbying," according to a new report from InfluenceMap.