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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 14, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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DISCRETION OF WILSON ALONE NO STANDS
BETWEEN PEOPLE OF AMERICA AND ACCESS
TO INCOME TAX RETURNS
BY BASIL M. MANLY
Washington, Sept ,14. Congress
man Lindberg of Wisconsin by an un
compromising, last-minute fight in
the house of representatives forced
congress to grant to the president
full pQwer to make public the in-
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come tax returns of individuals and
corporations. Nothing except the
discretion of 'President Wilson now
stands between the people and un
restricted access to the returns of
every Income tax payer in America!
At the morning session of he last
day's convening of the hpus,e, Lind
berg directed the attention of con
gress to the facts published in the
newspapers served, by the Newspaper
Enterprise, ass'n to the effect that
robbed of more than three hundred
million dollars a year by income tax
evasions which are made possible
only by the secrecy tfiat npw protects
the tax, returns.
In a short speech he served no
tice that he did not prdpose to per
mit an adjournment of congress un
til steps had been taken to prevent
these -frauds and save these millions
for the people..
He announced that unless the con-
ference committee agreed to restore
the house provision giving the presi
dent abs,olutQ.power to make! income
tax returns public, he would raise the
point of "no quorum" and would
compel the house to recall the mem
bers who are now scattered all over
Xhe country and force a roll-call on
the question of publicity of income
tax, returns.
iHwas immediately assured of
strong support from progressive De-'
mocrats and Republicans.
Early in the afternoon the strong
est possible political pressure was
brought to bear on, Lindberg to ia
duce him to withdraw his threat; but
he was unyielding. 'About 5 o'clqck
he was approached by the conferees
to find out what he would accept as
an inducement to withdraw. Again
he was unyielding and told the con-,
ference committee that the least he
would accept was what he had de-i
manded complete power for the
president to make the returns pabT
lie.
At 9:30 p. m. Congressman Kit
chhi, who was in charge of the bill
for the house, announced that the
conferees had agreed to meet Lind
berg's demand 'fully. Lindberg in-,
sisted on knowing the exact language,
of the provision ,which had been
agreed upon and refused to accept Jt
until he was satisfied that there was
the United states, treasury is being no possible joker in the. bill to offset
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