Every elected representative in this country should feel a responsibility to encourage full participation in the census. To do otherwise is to advocate for a smaller share of federal funding for our constituents. Boycotting the constitutionally-mandated census is illogical, illegal and not in the best interest of our country.
According to Roll Call, the three Republicans "approached Bachmann privately over the past few weeks and asked her to stop the boycott" and “decided to go public because Bachmann appeared unfazed by their request." In addition to meetings with her colleagues, Bachmann has already been briefed by Census officials, who have been trying to understand the source of her fear-mongering.
If she’s not up to the task of filling out her own census form, as required by law, she can always turn to the folks over at Third Coast Reasearch, who have taken it upon themselves to fill out the form for her using information in the public domain. Although they were able to find answers to a majority of the census questions, they couldn’t determine whether Bachmann is selling agricultural products out of her home, the state of her mental health, the amount she spends on gas, or her ancestry.