Congressman Bill Posey Criticizes Department of Commerce
By Matt O'Hern // June 8, 2013
CITES LETTERS TO CONSTITUENTS
ABOVE VIDEO: Congressman Bill Posey takes to the House floor to discuss how the Census Bureau has been bullying Mom and Pop businesses into filling out their extremely detailed 14 page Economic census. (Video Courtesy of Congressman Posey.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Rep. Bill Posey (R-Rockledge), took his time on the House floor to criticize the U.S. Department of Commerce for lengthy questionnaires sent to business owners . Posey cited a recent letter to one of his constituents, which included a warning to the recipient.
“Where are the jobs?” Posey said. “I’ll tell you where they’re not created. They’re not created or seemingly even encouraged by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The department is still bullying mom and pop businesses to complete lengthy, time-consuming and expensive questionnaires about their personal business but they don’t have to time to answer my questions about the need, the justification or the actual use of the information in those questionnaires. A letter received by a constituent just yesterday threatens that if they don’t get their economic census back in two weeks, they will refer their case to general counsel. How can constituents trust this agency when even the formerly independent IRS is now used as a partisan tool to punish the administration does not like. If the dept of com really cared about improving our commerce they’d leave our mom and pops alone to make a living, creating jobs”
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