MALONEY STATEMENT ON SENATOR LOTT'S AND GOV. BUSH'S RETREATING POSITION ON THE CENSUS

Apr 4, 2000
Press Release
In today's Washington Post, David Broder reports that Senator Lott and Governor Bush "retreated part-way from their positions about" the Census. But Rep. J. C. Watts of Oklahoma, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, blamed the bureaucracy for including questions that "have raised an unprecedented level of concern," and other Republicans said they would introduce legislation to make responding to the census voluntary, rather than requiring it by law. (4/4/00)

In response to Senator Lott's and Governor Bush's "retreating positions," Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, (D -NY) Ranking Democrat on the Census Subcommittee, issued the following statement:

"What we need is not retreating but advancing. We need Senator Lott and Governor Bush and the Republican Leadership in both Houses to repair the damage they have done to the Census, to be cheerleaders for the civic effort that millions of Americans are making this week by filling out their forms in their entirety.

"They should be urging all Americans to fill out the forms completely. They should be urging their members to join them in supporting the Census, all of the Census. Anything less is unacceptable. Unless they move quickly to fully support the Census we run the risk of irreparable harm to the 2000 Census."

 

 

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