Update: Green New Deal Town Hall Tonight, Census @ SCOTUS, Fighting For Women & Girls
It was another busy week and I wanted to catch you up on what I’ve been up to and invite you to a town hall tonight on the Green New Deal.
Fighting for a Fair and Accurate Census
On Tuesday, I traveled to Washington, DC to be at the Supreme Court for the oral arguments in the case about adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
The case comes down to one question; does the Trump Administration have the authority to manipulate and misrepresent census data for political gain? I, 18 State Attorneys General, the ACLU, and the House of Representatives all say no. The Constitution clearly spells out our duty to conduct a census every 10 years to count every single person living in this country and the addition of a citizenship question will lead to an undercount. The Justices must rule based on the merits of the case, not political leaning, and uphold the lower courts’ opinions and order the removal of the citizenship question.
The stakes of this case could not be higher. The outcome of this case could determine the course of our nation for the next decade and maybe longer. And if the justices do not rule in our favor, I am continuing to fight for my bill, the 2020 Census IDEA Act, which will remove the question and provide greater congressional oversight to ensure the census is never weaponized again.
Advocating to Protect Women & Girls
Yesterday, I joined with survivors, elected officials, and Equal Rights Amendment advocates to condemn the Department of Justice’s decision to not defend a federal law banning Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). While the Trump Administration has decided not to defend the 1996 law, the House or the Senate could, and so I have written a letter to Speaker Pelosi urging her to step in and defend the law in the U.S. Court of Appeals.
This case also highlights the need for the Equal Rights Amendment. With this constitutional bedrock protecting women’s rights, we can fight back against courts rolling back the laws Congress has passed. Women’s rights and the progress we’ve made must be ensured no matter who is in the White House, who sits on the bench, or who is the majority in Congress or state capitols.
You’re Invited: Green New Deal Town Hall
Tonight, I will be joining 32BJ SEIU, 350 BK, Indivisible Nation BK, One Queens Indivisible and Sunrise NYC for a Green New Deal Town Hall. The event is being held at 32BJ SEIU, 25 West 18th Street from 6-8pm.
I was one of the first members to support this bold and needed plan for our future and am looking forward to talking with you about it. I hope you can join us. More information about the event can be found here.
As always, your concerns still and always will remain my top priority. Please do not hesitate to email me through my website.
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Carolyn B. Maloney
Member of Congress