June 27, 2019
Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement after the Supreme Court handed down a 5-4 decision in the case of Department of Commerce v. New York:
“Today’s ruling destroys the Trump Administration’s ‘contrived’ claims that adding the citizenship question was to help enforce the Voting Rights Act. More importantly, the Supreme Court’s ruling provides an opportunity to ensure that the Census reflects our country in full. The Trump Administration’s cynical attempt to use the Census for improper political purposes was clearly designed to inject fear into vulnerable and traditionally undercounted communities, making them even more vulnerable and undercounted. The Trump Administration must end those efforts now.
“House Democrats will continue to ensure that every person in every community is counted as our democracy and the law demands. We are advancing strong legislation to guarantee the 2020 Census is fair and accurate, with critical funding to secure maximum participation and inclusion. We will exercise our Constitutional responsibilities to make sure that personal information is never used against any community, and that every American can have faith in this vital cornerstone of our democracy.”