U.S. Congressman Dan Webster | 8th District of Florida

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In Case You Missed It: Webster’s Amendment to Eliminate Intrusive and Costly ACS Survey Passes House

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Washington, May 10, 2012 | comments

Last night, U.S. Representative Daniel Webster delivered on his promise to streamline government and stop wasteful spending by offering an amendment to prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to conduct the American Community Survey, a program that could cost taxpayers upwards of $2.5 billion over the next decade.

Clearly outside the scope of what is intended or required by the Constitution, which calls only for an “enumeration” every ten years, the survey tramples on personal privacy. The 28 page survey includes questions requiring respondents to:

• Describe their emotional condition;
• Detail what time they left for work and how long it took them to get home; and
• Declare whether they had difficulty dressing or needed help to go shopping.

Failure to answer these questions is punishable by fines up to $5,000.

Webster’s amendment to eliminate this initiative passed last night with bipartisan support by a vote of 232 to 190.

Elimination of the American Community Survey was last week’s winning proposal selected by the voting public for the Majority Leader’s YouCut program. For more about the YouCut initiative visit Webster.house.gov.

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