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Bridget Johnson


March 15, 2013 - 9:01 am

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is on his next constitutional quest: to save Americans from that survey asking probing questions that is tucked into some people’s Census form.

Paul says the form is not required by the Constitution and his bill would make the American Community Survey voluntary.

The survey is sent to over 3 million Americans each year and includes questions about mental disabilities in your home, personal financial information, whether you have a toilet and what time you leave for and return from work each day. Currently, those who choose not to respond to the survey are threatened with a criminal penalty.

“This bill seeks to protect citizens and addresses concerns about the level of personal information collected by the American Community Survey,” Paul said. “By making this survey voluntary, people would have the opportunity to decide what, if any, information they share with the government.”

The legislation’s co-sponsors are Sens. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), and David Vitter (R-La.).

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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