Minnesota's Voice Being Heard in Congress

Friday, April 6, 2018

Congressman Ellison penned this commentary for The Hill calling out the Trump Administration for its census citizenship decision. Sens. Klobuchar and Smith (S. 2580) and Rep. McCollum (H.R. 4906) are co-sponsors on bills in Congress prohibiting the use of a citizenship question. In a Facebook post, Sen. Tina Smith said, ““The census touches the lives of each and every person in Minnesota, but in order for it to be accurate, it must be absent of political interference. Asking census respondents their citizenship status is a reckless stunt that is designed to intimidate our immigrant communities and that will ultimately harm the response rate and undermine the accuracy of our 2020 census.”

 NPR reported that members of the Senate are now calling upon hearings to review the action, and other Senators are gathering support for a request to the co-chairs of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee asking them to include language in the 2019 federal budget bill blocking addition of the question. According to ABC, Commerce Secretary Ross will brief a House oversight committee about his decision. However, the briefing will not be open to the public.

Minnesota's Senator Tina Smith  and Representative Keith Ellison are leading the circulation of sign-on leaders calling upon appropriation leaders to fund the census at a $4.7 billion level for 2019.

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