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Pelosi: House to Vote Soon on Contempt for Barr, Ross

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By    |   Monday, 08 July 2019 10:14 PM

The House will soon vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas for documents related to the 2020 census.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the announcement Monday in a letter to colleagues.

"Before the break, the Oversight Committee voted on a bipartisan basis to hold the Attorney General and the Secretary of Commerce in contempt of Congress for defying the Committee's bipartisan subpoenas for documents that would shed light on the real reason the administration added a citizenship question," Pelosi wrote to other House Democrats. "We will be moving forward in the whole House soon."

The Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee in June voted 24-15 to advance contempt measures against Barr and Ross, sending the full measure to the House.

Democrats were seeking specific documents to determine why Ross added the question to the 2020 census. The administration has turned over more than 17,000 pages of documents and Ross testified in March for nearly seven hours, but Oversight panel chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said most of the documents turned over had already been made public.

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Whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas for documents related to the 2020 census will be voted on by the House, according to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
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