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Wilbur Ross refuses second invitation to testify on Trump's budget

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
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Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has turned down a second request from the House Appropriations subcommittee to testify on President Trump's proposed budget, Politico reports.

Details: Ross said testifying in front of the subcommittee would take away from the important budget discussions happening, per Politico. This comes a day after Ross was subpoenaed by the House Oversight committee to answer questions about the citizenship question on the 2020 census.

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House Oversight subpoenas Wilbur Ross over census citizenship question

Wilbur Ross
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The House Oversight Committee passed a vote 23-14 Tuesday to subpoena Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for records related to the administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, which critics say would lead to massive undercounts in heavily Democratic states with large immigrant communities.

Why it matters: With less than a year left until the 2020 Census population count, chairman Elijah Cummings said the Trump administration's "stonewalling" has left the committee no choice but "to obtain this information by compulsory process." The committee also authorized subpoenas for Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Gore to testify and Attorney General William Barr to provide records related to the investigation.