Cummings Issues Statement on Trump Administration’s Decision to Print Census Forms Without Citizenship Question
Washington, D.C. (July 2, 2019)— Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement, in response to the decision by the Trump Administration to follow the Supreme Court’s ruling last week, to abandon its efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, and to begin printing the Census forms without the citizenship question as soon as possible:
“I am encouraged that Administration officials dropped President Trump’s unconstitutional plan to postpone the Census just because he lost the Supreme Court case. The Trump Administration put our country through more than a year of wasted time and squandered resources—all in the service of an illegal attempt to add a discriminatory question based on a pretext. Now they need to direct all their attention to the nuts and bolts of putting on the Census next year. The Census Bureau has a responsibility under the Constitution to get an accurate count.
“The Attorney General and the Secretary of Commerce must now turn over all of the documents our Committee has subpoenaed on a bipartisan basis.”