Chairwoman Maloney’s Statement on New Apportionment Count from 2020 Census
Washington, D.C. (Apr. 26, 2021)— Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement after the Census Bureau announced new state population counts and congressional apportionment totals based on the 2020 Census:
“Today’s release of the 2020 Census apportionment count marks a key step in the Census process mandated by the Constitution and our laws. The Census faced unprecedented obstacles, including pernicious efforts by former President Trump to hijack the Census for political gain—such as illegal attempts to add a citizenship question, exclude immigrants from the count, and rush data analysis despite the risk of errors—as well as delays and operational changes caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“A fair and accurate Census is a cornerstone of our democracy, and the Constitution grants Congress the responsibility to oversee this process. That is why I have introduced bipartisan legislation to reestablish Congress’s authority, provide adequate time for career experts to process and release the data in light of the pandemic, and ensure the 2020 Census is accurate and complete. I urge all my colleagues to support this common-sense bill.”