MALONEY CALLS ON GOV. BUSH TO FOLLOW THE LAW-- URGES AMERICANS TO DO THEIR CIVIC DUTY

Apr 1, 2000
Press Release
Today Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the Ranking Democrat on the Census Subcommittee, issued the following statement:

"Today on Census day April 1, I call on Gov. Bush to follow the law, open up his census form, fill it out completely, even if it is the long form, and mail it in as the law requires him to do.

He needs to join the majority of American households that have already accepted their responsibility to help their communities and their country.

I call on the Governor to act in a lawful manner and exercise his leadership by encouraging all residents of the United States to take part in a complete and accurate Census. His current position suggests that Americans can simply choose to follow only those laws they favor.

At a time when Governors, Mayors, civil servants and ordinary Americans are rallying for a complete and accurate Census, he needs to join in and renounce his earlier unlawful position.

I urge all Americans who have not yet done their civic duty to do it today, do it now, this very minute, fill it out completely and mail it in.

Federal and state funds for schools, employment services, housing assistance, road construction, day care facilities, hospitals, emergency services, programs for seniors, and much more are distributed based on census figures obtained from the long form. That's why returning the long form is so important. It's unfortunate that some people who should know better are urging Americans not to participate in this crucial civic exercise.

It's your future. Don't leave it blank"

 

 

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