Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Serrano Report - June 28, 2019

Jun 28, 2019
The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC

Congressman Serrano Applauds Supreme Court Block of Citizenship Question in 2020 Census

Yesterday, Congressman Serrano made the following statement on the Supreme Court’s block of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census:

“This is a victory for those of us who support a fair and accurate 2020 Census. The US Supreme Court held that the Commerce Department’s justifications for adding the citizenship question were insufficient and inaccurate.  ‘Protection’ of minority voting rights is not a convincing argument for the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. In fact, the ‘minority rights’ argument was a pretext to justify the Trump Administration’s true reason for the question’s inclusion on the form: to give ‘Republicans and non-Hispanic Whites’ an electoral advantage in the redistricting process and weaken minority communities’ representation, as stated in documents found among the belongings of Republican redistricting strategist Thomas Hofeller after his death.

“The Census Bureau has repeatedly said that they need certainty on the whether to include the citizenship question by the end of this month.  This decision gives them an answer.  Because of the lengthy time necessary to put together a legal and legitimate record in support of including the citizenship question, time has run out for the Commerce Department.  I expect the Census Bureau to confirm that printing will begin next week on a 2020 Census form that does not include a citizenship question.  In addition to today’s Supreme Court decision, the House of Representatives this week passed my legislation, the CJS fiscal year 2020 Appropriations bill, which contains language preventing funds from being used to include the citizenship question in the Census form,” said Congressman Serrano. 

Chairman Serrano's FY 2020 CJS Bill Passes the House

This week, Chairman Serrano's Commerce, Justice and Science $74 billion funding bill passed the House of Representatives. The bill passed as part of a minibus that would fund federal departments including Agriculture, Interior, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Energy from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020. 

“This legislation rejects the Administration’s proposals to gut critical programs for combatting climate change, promoting economic development, and implementing justice reform efforts,” said Chairman Serrano. “As the author of the Commerce, Justice and Science division of this bill, I am extremely proud of our accomplishments to expand access to justice, fund critical science research and innovation programs, and address the vital funding needs of the Census Bureau. These programs will have a tremendous positive impact in local communities all across the nation, in urban as well as rural areas.”