Maloney Introduces Legislation to Protect the Sanctity of Scientific Data

Jul 27, 2004
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and William Lacy Clay (D-MO) have introduced legislation (HR 4969) to protect the objectivity of scientific data. The bill would require the annual poverty estimate and the National Assessment of Educational Progress to be subject to certain guidelines on the release of the information to the public. Maloney and Clay drafted the legislation because of concerns with the politicization of data by the Bush Administration on important issues ranging from worker safety to emergency contraceptives.

“Statistics should tell us the truth, not what politicians want to hear,” said Maloney. “If we don’t have objective data with which to make decisions on education and poverty, people will suffer from misguided government programs. We need to live by the old saying: ‘the numbers don’t lie.’”

Last year, Maloney and Clay requested an investigation by the General Accounting Office (GAO) as to why the Census Bureau made its decision to break with tradition by releasing its annual poverty estimates on in Suitland, MD, rather than at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.