House Votes to Hold Barr, Ross in ‘Criminal Contempt’ over Census Question


House votes to hold Barr, Ross in criminal contempt over census question

“I do not take this decision lightly,” Oversight chairman Elijah Cummings said on the House floor before the vote.

“Holding any secretary in criminal contempt of Congress is a serious and sober matter, one that I have done everything in my power to avoid. But in the case of the Attorney General and the secretary, Secretary Ross, they blatantly obstructed our ability to do congressional oversight into the real reason Secretary Ross was trying for the first time in 70 years, in 70 years to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.”

Thegatewaypundit.com reports: The contempt resolution passed in a 230-198 vote on party line.

Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier Wednesday urging her to cancel an imminent vote to hold them in contempt of Congress.

 The Democrat-led House Oversight Committee previously issued Barr and Ross a subpoena for documents related to the citizenship question on the 2020 census.

 Both Barr and Ross defied the congressional subpoena, however they turned over thousands of documents to the Committee and the Democrats still moved to hold them in contempt.

President Trump backed down from adding the citizenship question to the census, and Barr and Ross cooperated with the Committee.

 Wilbur Ross said in a statement Wednesday that the House Democrats don’t even want a productive relationship with the Trump administration.

“Today’s PR stunt further demonstrates their unending quest to generate headlines instead of operating in good faith with our Department,” Ross said. “Preferring to play political games rather than help lead the country, they have made every attempt to ascribe evil motivations to everyday functions of government.”

 In another statement, DOJ spox Kerri Kupec called the vote “a new low for Speaker Pelosi’s House of Representatives.”

“The Department of Justice has worked for months to supply thousands of documents to accommodate Congress’s requests,” Kupec said. “Additionally, many documents at issue with this particular vote have been held privileged by a federal court. …This vote is nothing more than a political stunt.”

 The Democrats previously held Bill Barr in contempt for not violating federal law and now they just voted to hold him in contempt for cooperating with the House Oversight Committee.

 The contempt resolution will be sent to the US Attorney’s office in DC however it is highly unlikely that any further action will be taken since Bill Barr oversees the office. Four Democrats and all Republicans voted against the resolution.

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 A local news report revealed that the state of New Jersey awarded $3.8 million in financial aid to illegal immigrants during the 2018-2019 school year.

According to a report from NJ.com, the state of New Jersey gave $3.8 million in financial aid to 749 illegal immigrant students in the last academic year. More than a quarter of the funding went to 328 illegal immigrants that attend Rutgers University.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a law last year that allowed illegal immigrants to apply for financial aid. Prior to the signing, illegal immigrants were permitted to apply to pay in-state tuition at public universities but they were not eligible for financial aid.

Murphy, who supports the spending, hit back at Republican critics by arguing that giving financial aid to illegal immigrants is compatible with American values.

“I’d even invite any of those folks who have that attitude, beginning with our president, to come on into this room and allow me or any of us to say, ‘This is the United States of America,’” Murphy said at the time.

David J. Socolow, executive director of the state’s Higher Education Student Assistance Authority, defended the state’s decision to offer financial aid to illegal immigrants.

“This financial assistance offers these New Jersey students a life-changing opportunity,” Socolow said in a brief comment.“The successes of these first 513 students, who are now attending county colleges, state colleges and universities, and independent institutions around the state, will have a positive impact on countless additional lives.”

According to the report, there is currently no limit on the amount of illegal immigrant students that are permitted to receive financial aid from the state of New Jersey. State lawmakers forecast that they will spend approximately $5 million on financial aid for illegal immigrants each year.

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