The Census, which is scheduled to be conducted in 2020 is important to the makeup of our representative government as well as the process used to allocate federal funds on the local level. The Trump White House and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross have argued for the addition of a question pertaining to citizen status to be part of the next census.
The Democrat heavy House Oversight Committee is demanding that documents pertaining to the development and institution of the citizenship question be turned over to the body immediately.
President Trump has decided to exert executive privilege over the documents as the Justice Department notified the chairman of the House oversight committee of Trump's decision in a letter Wednesday.
President Donald Trump is asserting executive privilege over documents related to the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Justice Department notified the chairman of the House oversight committee of the decision in a letter Wednesday.
The committee is set to vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over the subpoenaed documents.
Barr says the president has made a "protective assertion" of executive privilege so the administration can fully review all of the documents.
Democrats fear the question will reduce census participation in immigrant-heavy communities, harming representation and access to federal dollars.
Republicans have criticized the hearings as a waste of time and have called for Democrats to move on.
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