The House Oversight Committee is in a slight holding pattern on if and when they will have a vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress. Their contempt charges have to do with an unwillingness to comply with the Committee’s request for documents surrounding the racist citizenship question that was dubiously added to the upcoming 2020 census. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was given time to explain why she was bothered by the citizenship question and why she felt Congress needed to have more information on how and why this question made its way into one of our country’s most important fact-finding documents.
AOC: So many of our folks across the aisle think that this is a debate about whether we should be asking who is a citizen or not in this country. The census is a constitutionally mandated operation that we are required to implement every ten years. It is one of the most vital and sensitive things that we do in our government. Any change to the census—any addition of a question—usually takes five years of a process to make sure that it is vetted. That every word has been tested. To make sure that it is effective. Because it is one of the most important things that we do.