Congress Must Save 2020 Census: Robust Funding and No Untested Questions

2020 Census News 05.22,19

Contact: LaGloria Wheatfall, [email protected], 202.548.7160

WASHINGTON Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on the House Appropriations Committee’s approval of the FY 2020 Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill, which includes funding for the Census Bureau:

“The House Appropriations Committee took a critical step today towards ensuring a fair and accurate census in all communities. We thank the committee for giving the Census Bureau sufficient resources to achieve that goal next year. We also applaud committee members for rejecting last minute, untested questions on the 2020 Census that will drive up costs and decrease census accuracy, including a citizenship question. Congress should follow the committee’s lead on both fronts to address unprecedented challenges to our nation’s largest, most complex peacetime activity.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit