Rep. Maloney Statement on SCOTUS Oral Arguments in Census Citizenship Question Case

Apr 23, 2019
Press Release
Congresswoman attends oral arguments in New York et al v. Department of Commerce

WASHINGTON, DC – Following hearing the oral arguments in New York et al v. Department of Commerce, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-chair of the House Census Caucus and author of the 2020 Census IDEA Act, released the follow statement. 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; a suit which resulted in a federal judge ruling that the question must be removed.

“The question at hand is simple; 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 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. The science and professional expertise around this issue are crystal clear; adding a question on citizenship to the decennial census will result in an undercount, estimated in the millions, and therefore runs counter to our Constitutional mandate to count every single person living in our country.

“If the Justices rule based on the merits of the case, they must uphold the lower courts’ opinions and order the removal of the citizenship question. However, if they do not, we should be prepared by passing my bill, the Census IDEA Act, which will remove the question and provide greater congressional oversight to ensure the census is never weaponized again.”