As the 2010 census rapidly approaches, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and 50 cosponsors have introduced a resolution expressing the sense of the House that, in accordance with Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, that "in conducting the 2010 decennial census, the Secretary of Commerce should use all legal and reasonable means to count every person living in the United States, any territory or possession of the United States, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and all Federal civilian and military personnel serving abroad."
Issa introduced this resolution so that the House of Representatives can take a firm stand and demand that every American be counted in the census and that educated guesstimates of populations should not be used as a cheap substitute for an actual count.
"We've seen time and again that the best polling in elections can be at odds with the final ballot results on Election Day. Likewise, we should not rely on anything less than an actual count of our population in the 2010 census," said Rep. Issa. "The 2010 census will determine representation and influence Federal spending for an entire decade - getting this count right is a worthwhile investment for which there is no substitute."
According to the rules of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which has jurisdiction over the census, 50 cosponsors qualifies this resolution, H.Res. 1262, for a committee mark-up.