Gregg mum on Census Bureau - Manchester- msnbc.com reported The Capitol Hill publication Congressional Quarterly yesterday reported that the White House, responding to minority groups' concerns about Gregg's commitment to funding the census,
Congress funds the program, not the Secretary.has decided to have the director of the Census Bureau report directly to the White House.
Which is in violation of the law. In Article I, Section 2 the US Constitution orders that "The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct." The Congress, by law directed that:"The Secretary [of Commerce] shall perform the functions and duties imposed upon him by this title, may issue such rules and regulations as he deems necessary to carry out such functions and duties, and may delegate the performance of such functions and duties and the authority to issue such rules and regulations to such officers and employees of the Department of Commerce as he may designate."The Director of the Census must, by law, be within the Department of Commerce and under the direction of the (Senate approved) Secretary of Commerce who then reports to the president.Minorities are traditionally concerned about an accurate count because the census numbers are used to apportion political power, through redistricting, and federal funding, reflecting demographic changes over the past decade.
And they want to pad their numbers by including illegal aliens.The White House move angered some House Republicans, who called it a power grab directed by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
Just think what the reaction would have been if Bush had done it.