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May 21, 2018

Weekly Primer: Democrats Press Trump DOJ Official On Citizenship Question

Democratic lawmakers had a chance to air their concerns about the addition of a citizenship question to the U.S. Census on Friday, when John Gore — the Trump DOJ official who requested that the question be included — appeared in front of the House Oversight Committee. He was a no-show at a Census hearing the Committee hosted earlier this month, prompting Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-GA) to threaten a subpoena. Gore dodged many of the Democrats’ questions about who was involved in the request, but defended the move as necessary for Voting Rights Act enforcement. Democrats and civil rights experts remain extremely skeptical of that rationale. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who approved Gore’s request, meanwhile, defended the decision last week by saying that he didn’t “think” that “the sky will fall” because the question was added. The Supreme Court’s decision last week not to take up a case challenging the federal $2,700 limit on individual campaign contributions during a general election…

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