Rep. Maloney Statement on U.S. House of Representatives Amicus Brief on 2020 Census Litigation in the Supreme Court

Feb 11, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Co-Chair of the House Census Caucus and author of the Census IDEA Act to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives submitted an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case of Department of Commerce v. New York. Last month, a federal judge in New York ruled that the Trump Administration must remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census, and the Administration has appealed the decision to the Supreme Court.

“The Trump Administration’s attempt to manipulate the 2020 Census and deliberately undercount specific communities is one of the most pressing issues facing the country right now. A federal district court judge has already found that the Administration broke the law and intentionally sought to distort the 2020 Census by adding a citizenship question. With the Trump Administration now appealing this decision to the Supreme Court, this Amicus Brief makes it clear that the House of Representatives takes a firm stance on enforcing the Constitutional requirement that everyone is counted in the decennial census and the New York district court decision ordering the removal of the citizenship question must be upheld. Time is running out on ensuring that 2020 Census can be carried out fairly, fully and accurately. The Supreme Court must quickly affirm the district’s court ruling.”