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Doh! Randy Paul, Ted Poe Seek Census Religion Law That Already Exists

Doh! Randy Paul, Ted Poe Seek Census Religion Law That Already Exists From - HuffPo: A group of Republicans in Congress who want to dramatically restrict information gathering by the U.S. Census Bureau is trying to pass a measure that was already passed and signed into law more than 36 years ago.

Led by Rep. Ted Poe of Texas and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, the group offered bills Thursday to make responding to the American Community Survey (ACS) optional. The legislation includes one provision that was previously enacted on Oct. 17, 1976.

The measure would, again, make it illegal for the Census Bureau to demand answers from people about religion.

The text of the proposed legislation reads:

(c)(1) Notwithstanding any other provision under this title-- '(A) no person may be compelled to disclose information relative to the person's religious beliefs or to membership in a religious body;

The 1976 law reads:

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Paul Ryan and the problem with losing

Like myriad candidates before him, Paul Ryan is learning how damaging being part of a failed ticket can really be

Rep. Paul RyanFrom What was most striking about the unveiling of Paul Ryan’s latest budget blueprint on Tuesday was how familiar it felt. Here was the chairman of the House Budget Committee for the third time in three years offering a dramatic reimagining of the size and scope of the federal government, with plans for deep tax cuts slanted heavily toward the rich, the voucherization of Medicare, and a thinning of the safety net.

In the spring of 2011 and 2012, Ryan put forward similar plans, which his House Republican colleagues quickly pushed through the chamber only to watch them die in the Senate. And now, with a few politically cynical tweaks, the annual ritual is once again being observed.

In terms of Ryan’s political standing, there are two ways of looking at this. On the plus side, he remains a very relevant figure in Washington and in his party. On the downside, you’d never know that just a few months ago he was the nominee of a major political party for the second most powerful office in America.

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