WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) issued the following statement on the passage of his amendment to the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill of 2015. This amendment would defund the criminal penalty the American Community Survey carries. The American Community Survey is administered annually by the U.S. Census Bureau.
“Article 1 of the Constitution mandates a census every 10 years so that seating in Congress remains proportional to state populations. The Constitution does not however authorize the annual, mandatory survey that 3 million people receive called The American Community Survey (ACS),” said Rep. Poe. “The ACS is 28 pages long and asks intrusive and personal questions from everything involving finances to personal hygiene. If the recipient refuses to complete the survey, they are subject to a fine. In some cases, individuals who have disregarded the ACS have received harassing phone calls and drop-in home visits by Census Bureau employees. This Amendment defunds enforcement of the criminal penalty of the survey. The ACS is an unnecessary waste and an abuse of government power with no constitutional authority.”