Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García Votes to Hold Barr and Ross in Contempt of Congress

July 18, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement after voting last night in support of holding Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for defying bipartisan subpoenas issued by the Committee on Oversight and Reform:

“After careful deliberation, today I voted to hold Attorney General Barr and Secretary Ross in contempt of Congress. Their refusal to appear before Congress to provide documents and testimony regarding the motives behind the Administration’s insistence on adding a citizenship question to the Census was demonstrative of their utter disregard for the Constitution.  Their failure to comply makes them  complicit with  President Trump’s attempts to deter Census participation, undermine our fundamental Democratic values, and ultimately marginalize immigrants and communities of color.

“Our Constitution gives Congress, the executive branch and the judiciary, equal power and each  has a role in our system of checks and balances.  This vote is a necessary step to reassert Congressional authority, granted by the Constitution, to conduct oversight of the President and the Executive branch. No one, including the President or his agents, are above the law or the Constitution.”

In 2018, as Cook County Board Commissioner for the 7th District, Congressman García filed an Affidavit in connection with State of New York, et al. v United States Department of Commerce, et al. expressing concerns about how his constituents would be affected by the citizenship question in the 2020 census.