WASHINGTON, DC – House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on the progress of preparations for the 2020 Census:
“Every ten years, as long as the Constitution has been in effect, the United States has taken a Census of everyone who lives here. It is our duty to do this in a non-partisan, effective way. These numbers don’t just determine how many Representatives get to speak for each state in Washington. They help determine how much federal money goes to support the roads we drive on, the schools in which our children learn, the police and fire departments that protect our homes, and much more.
“The Trump Administration has consistently left the Census underfunded and recently decided, against the advice of past Census directors, to add an untested citizenship question – one that, according to the Census Bureau’s own experts, will likely reduce response rates. I urge the Administration to stop these partisan attacks and work with Congress to fund and administer properly this vital component of our democracy.”