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Wed Nov 14, 2018, 08:21 AM

House Democrat to probe census citizenship question

Source: Reuters

POLITICS NOVEMBER 14, 2018 / 6:05 AM / UPDATED 33 MINUTES AGO

House Democrat to probe census citizenship question

Susan Cornwell
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The lawmaker expected to head the powerful House Oversight Committee in the new U.S. Congress says one of his first priorities will be investigating why President Donald Trump’s administration decided to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census questionnaire.

Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings told Reuters he had not yet prioritized all the issues his committee would examine when his party takes over leadership of the House of Representatives in January.

“There are certain things that mandate that we look at immediately. One of them is the census, because that’s right around the corner,” Cummings told Reuters on Tuesday evening outside the House.

Last month, Cummings called for an official probe into why the Commerce Department added the question, which critics have said could depress the response to the census from immigrants, who often live in Democratic-leaning areas. If undercounted, areas with high immigrant populations could lose seats in the U.S. House.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-congress-census/house-democrat-to-probe-census-citizenship-question-idUSKCN1NJ1FW

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LastLiberal in PalmSprings Nov 2018 #1

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Wed Nov 14, 2018, 08:37 AM

1. Is it too late to delete the question from the census?

Clearly it's another form of voter suppression writ large. By decreasing the number of people who get counted, it hurts states like my own California insofar as population determine how many seats we get in Congress. Our representatives already have their votes diluted by representing millions of people each vs. Alaska, whose sole representative serves only 740,00 people.

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