As the former Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census, Congresswoman Maloney knows the importance of the census and other federal data programs. She fought to ensure that the 2000 and 2010 Census would be fair and accurate, and is working to ensure the 2020 census will be as well. The importance of accurate data cannot be minimized. Decennial census data is used to ensure fair representation and the fair distribution of federal funds.  In addition, Congresswoman Maloney is working to defend the American Community Survey and Economic Census and the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), which are among the most detailed and important surveys used by the public and private sectors.

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  • Preserved the SIPP during the Bush administration to ensure fair and thorough census data gathering: Congresswoman Maloney and her fellow colleagues, along with more than 440 social scientists, successfully urged the Bush administration to abandon its plans to eradicate the SIPP in 2007.

  • Former ranking member on Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census: As the former ranking member of the Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census, Congresswoman Maloney fought to ensure that the 2000 and 2010 Census would be fair and accurate.

  • Cofounder and Chair of the Census Caucus: Congresswoman Maloney believes Congress needs to play an active role in maintaining accurate data collection for the national censuses. That is why she was a founder and co-chair of the Congressional Census Caucus.


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More on Census

Mar 27, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, co-chair of the House Census Caucus and author of the Census IDEA Act, released the following statement after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that a question regarding respondents’ citizenship status will be included on the 2020 decennial census.

Mar 27, 2018 In The News

Democrats are calling for the elimination of a question on citizenship slated to be placed on census forms starting in 2020, arguing that its addition is a "discriminatory decision" by the Trump administration.

The Democratic backlash follows the Department of Commerce's announcement that the citizenship question would be reinstated Mondayevening. 

Mar 20, 2018 In The News

Critics of a Department of Justice request to add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census are making a furious last-ditch effort to prevent it, saying it will make the decennial count less accurate and more expensive and expressing concerns that the count, which is meant to be nonpartisan, is being politicized by the Trump administration.

Feb 15, 2018 In The News

To the Editor:

Re “Census Sabotage,” by David Leonhardt (column, nytimes.com, Feb. 9): I couldn’t agree more about just how important the 2020 census is and what is at stake if we get it wrong.

With the next census just two years away, the Trump administration has still not nominated a director but has been filling traditionally nonpartisan positions with political hacks.

Jan 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12),  Co-Chair of the House Census Caucus and sponsor of the 2020 Census Investment Act; José E. Serrano (NY-15), Co-Chair of the House Census Caucus; and Luis V.

Jan 4, 2018 Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Co-Chair of the House Census Caucus and sponsor of the 2020 Census Investment Act, released the following statement in response to the Department of Justice’s request that a question regarding citizenship status be added to the 2020 Decennial Census.

Dec 9, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON — Census experts and public officials are expressing growing concerns that the bedrock mission of the 2020 census — an accurate and trustworthy head count of everyone in the United States — is imperiled, with worrisome implications.

Preparations for the count already are complicated by a sea change in the census itself: For the first time, it will be conducted largely online instead of by mail.

Dec 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), sponsor of the 2020 Census Investment Act, sent a letter with 44 of her colleagues to House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Nita Lowey urging the committee to ensure that Census Bureau receives the funds it needs to produce an accurate constitutionally-mandated decennial census in 2020.

Nov 30, 2017 In The News

When the Founding Fathers drafted the Constitution, they knew that for our country to be the true democratic republic they envisioned, it must reflect the ever-changing makeup of its people.

To meet this need, they enshrined, in Article I, Section 2, the decennial census. This exercise stands alone as the only constitutionally mandated task of the federal government, required by the framers to be renewed every ten years, to make sure each and every person living in the United States is counted.