Tri-Caucus Chairs’ Statement on U.S. Census Bureau’s Failure to Keep Congress Informed, Brief Members and Staff

Aug 26, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Leaders of the Congressional Tri-Caucus—composed of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), and Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Karen Bass (CA-37)—issued the following joint statement on the U.S. Census Bureau’s refusal to brief Tri-Caucus members or staff on the latest changes to the 2020 Census. 

 

“From our perspective, the Trump administration is doing everything in its power to decrease representation and reduce resources for people of color through an incomplete and inaccurate Census count. The administration has a constitutional obligation to complete an accurate count of the U.S. population — every single person living in America without exception.” 

 

“Earlier this spring, the Census Bureau asked Congress to delay the delivery of apportionment data to the President and redistricting data to the States by a combined 120 days due to the coronavirus crisis. However, after the appointment of new political officials, the U.S. Census Bureau has reversed course, reduced door-knocking by a month, and refused to brief Tri-Caucus members and staff who have been extremely concerned that these actions may result in an undercount for communities of color. This lack of transparency is unprecedented and unacceptable.” 

 

“The American people must take action and ensure we have an accurate count by filling out their household’s Census — go to 2020census.gov right now. This simple, five-minute action will direct funding and representation to your community and help protect our democracy.”