House votes to cut "intrusive" American Community Survey (ACS)
The House voted today 232 - 190 on the Webster-Lankford amendment to prohibit the use of funds for conducting the American Community Survey. The amendment was one of many on HR 5326 "Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013". The data from the American Community Survey, collected since 1790, is generally considered vitally important for policymakers, businesses, researchers and students to write public policy, make decisions, do research and generally know more about their communities.
Here's Representative Daniel Webster (R-FL) talking about the ACS as an unconstitutional invasion of privacy: