The US Census Bureau answers major voting right dispute arising from the congressional hill after playing coy on the matter. The latest news on this front comes from Talking Point Memo By Tierney Sneed
It took the Census Bureau two and half weeks, but the Bureau has finally provided a response to a simple but hugely consequential question posed to Census Director Steve Dillingham at a House hearing last month.
Dillingham was asked by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) to confirm that citizenship data the Bureau was collecting under President Trump’s recent executive order would not be used for in the count it provides for doling out congressional seats among the states.
“Let me get back to you,” Dillingham said, appearing visibly confused by her question. He committed to submitting an answer in writing within the next 10 days.
The Constitution mandates that apportionment be based on “whole number of persons in each state.” That language is almost universally understood to mean that the apportionment count includes not just citizens, but non-citizens living in the United States, including those without legal status.
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