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Trump administration wants to delay census deadlines

Apr 14, 2020 8:00 am
Matthew Choi is reporting for Politico [dot] com the Trump administration has requested delays of some deadlines for the 2020 census due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Census Bureau has asked Congress allow a 120-day delay on some data-reporting deadlines, according to a joint statement released April 13, by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham. The delay would allow for social distancing guidelines for workers to prevent the spread of the disease. The bureau previously canceled its March field work due to the emergency. The delay in counting could lead to a lag in producing the data necessary for forming congressional districts, the bureau argued. The Trump administration, in response, requested the delivery of apportionment counts to President Donald Trump be delayed from December to April of 2021. New York Democrat, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, said the committee would consider the request, but even after its repeated requests for a briefing with Dillingham, it has not been able to secure one, Maloney said. "If the Administration is trying to avoid the perception of politicizing the Census, preventing the Census Director from briefing the Committee and then excluding him from a call organized by the White House are not encouraging moves," Maloney said. Read the full story at Politico [dot] com