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Wed Nov 7, 2018, 05:53 PM

Victorious U.S. House Democrats could stymie census citizenship query

Source: Reuters

POLITICS NOVEMBER 7, 2018 / 3:59 PM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

Victorious U.S. House Democrats could stymie census citizenship query

Nick Brown
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - With their party set to control the U.S. House of Representatives after Tuesday’s congressional elections, Democrats are already looking to halt the Trump administration’s efforts to collect citizenship data during the 2020 U.S. Census.

The decision to ask respondents to the census whether they are American citizens has drawn scorn since it was announced in March by U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross - including from House Democrats who made futile calls to subpoena Ross earlier this year over his motives.

One of those lawmakers, Representative Elijah Cummings, told Reuters on Wednesday he plans to renew calls for an investigation. The Maryland Democrat is in line to chair the House Oversight Committee, the legislature’s primary investigative arm.

“Now that Democrats have regained control of the House, we will uphold our constitutional duty to investigate this matter and hold Administration officials accountable,” Cummings said in a statement to Reuters.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-census/victorious-u-s-house-democrats-could-stymie-census-citizenship-query-idUSKCN1NC2TT

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