Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Chairman Serrano Statement on Trump Administration Efforts to Waste Millions of Taxpayer Dollars by Continuing Push for Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census Form

Jul 9, 2019
Press Release

The Bronx, NY –Congressman José E. Serrano, Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee, today released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s continued push to include a citizenship question in the 2020 Census, despite the Supreme Court’s recent ruling . The CJS Subcommittee provides and oversees funding for the Department of Commerce and the Census Bureau:

“It seems like the Trump Administration will stop at nothing in its efforts to undermine the completion of a fair and accurate 2020 Census.  On June 27th, our Nation’s highest court rejected the Trump Administration’s attempt to include the citizenship question on the 2020 form, and last week, the Departments of Commerce and Justice confirmed they would oblige.  However, not only does the Trump Administration keep changing its story and now plans to try and reinsert the question, but it also appears willing to do so at literally any cost. Because printing of the Census form without the citizenship question has now started, amending the form could potentially cost hundreds of millions of additional taxpayer dollars, in addition to untold millions of dollars for additional non-response follow-up resources next year. As Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, I want to make one thing clear:  I have no intention of allowing this flagrant waste of money. I once again urge the Trump Administration to give up this fight and allow for a depoliticized and accurate census, as we always have.