Maloney Statement on Upcoming SCOTUS Oral Arguments on the Addition of a Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census

Apr 18, 2019
Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-chair of the House Census Caucus and author of the 2020 Census IDEA Act, released the following statement ahead of Tuesday’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court in the case of New York et al. v. Department of Commerce over the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The Congresswoman will be attending the oral arguments. The Congresswoman led an Amicus Brief of 126 current and former Members of Congress in support of the New York Attorney General’s lawsuit against the citizenship question.

“By playing partisan games with the decennial census, the Trump Administration is putting the accuracy of our decennial census on the line and with that, the future of representation and the direction of our nation for at least the next decade. The importance of the outcome of this case cannot be overstated. While I am confident that commonsense will prevail – three lower courts have already ruled against the Trump Administration and ordered the removal of the citizenship question – I am still fighting to pass the 2020 Census Act so that we never find ourselves in this situation again. My bill will remove the citizenship question and make sure that last minute questions cannot be added in the future.”