Apr 13, 2019

House Dems give IRS new deadline for Trump's tax returns

IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig. Photo: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

House Democrats set an April 23 deadline for the Internal Revenue Service to turn over President Trump's tax returns.

Why now: In a 2-page letter sent Saturday by the Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, a second and final deadline was determined within the next 10 days, calling for 6 years of Trump's personal and business tax returns. The letter dives into the committee's legal justification for the request. "It is not the proper function of the IRS, Treasury, or Justice to question or second guess the motivations of the Committee or its reasonable determinations regarding its need for the requested tax returns and return information," Neal wrote in the letter. If the IRS does not comply, the lawmakers could go to court. This comes after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said his department would be unable to fulfill the original April 10 deadline to hand over Trump's returns.

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Trump administration asks Congress for $2.5 billion to fight coronavirus

President Trump with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar at the White House in September. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The Trump administration sent a letter to Congress Monday requesting a funding commitment of at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Details: The request for a lump sum account for the Department of Health and Human Services includes $1.25 billion in new funds to fight COVID-19 and $535 would come from untouched funds for the Ebola virus.

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WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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The global scramble to contain the coronavirus

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The coronavirus is spreading quickly in cities nowhere near Wuhan, China, and the window to prevent a global pandemic is narrowing.

Zoom in: Here's a look at what comes with a coronavirus outbreak in communities outside China that have been hardest hit so far.

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