Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to testify to Congress in March about citizenship question on U.S. Census


Lawmakers will grill Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in March about a "wide range" of topics, including Ross' role in the Trump administration's plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Ross agreed to testify "voluntarily and without a subpoena" after weeks of discussions, House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said in a statement Tuesday. A spokesman for Cummings confirmed to CNBC that the hearing will be public.


The Campaign Legal Center flagged Ross' role in a Trump administration investigation on whether to impose steel tariffs while Ross held stock in his former investment management firm, which has a "major interest" in Chinese steel. The Center also questioned why Ross did not initially disclose his stake in another steel-based manufacturer, Greenbriar, and shipping company Navigator.

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