Meng Slams Republicans Failure to Provide Flexibility for 2020 Census

Jul 28, 2020
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) issued the following statement after NPR reported that the Senate Republicans’ coronavirus relief package did not provide a time extension for the Census Bureau to count all individuals, especially in hard-to-count areas.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the decennial census is a once-in-a-decade chance to count ALL individuals to ensure that communities receive the resources they need and deserve to build roads, schools, and hospitals.
We cannot afford to have an undercount but that is what the Republicans apparently want in their COVID-19 relief package. By failing to extend the time for which the Census Bureau must submit its data, we risk a decade’s worth of consequences. There are no do-overs with the census; a mistake is a ten-year mistake. We must have flexibility that is needed for this massive project during the COVID-19 pandemic.”