One of Congress’ key functions and a check-and-balance implicit in the Constitution is to supervise the activities of the executive branch, a.k.a. to perform oversight. Sometimes the oversight is as simple as an annual check-in during appropriations hearings, other times oversight includes subpoenas and investigations.
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In 2018, the House Intelligence Committee concluded there was no Russian interference in the 2016 election while the Senate Intelligence committee concluded the opposite. The chairs of each committee for the 116th Congress will continue to investigate.
The Commerce Department announced in March 2018 that they will include a question on the 2020 Census asking all respondents whether they are U.S. citizens. The move was almost uniformly opposed by Democrats.