While the new chairman of the House Oversight & Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD-07), has already made the Census a priority by scheduling Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to discuss concerns with the 2020 Census at a hearing on March 14, the newly-announced chairman of the House subcommittee overseeing the Census Bureau is discussing his own concerns.
Speaking to Bethesda Beat, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD-08), chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, discussed his subcommittee's jurisdiction over the U.S. Census Bureau:
"I’m actively exploring hearings on the citizenship question and the census," said Raskin, referring to the Trump administration’s controversial plan to ask about citizenship status during the forthcoming 2020 census.
A federal judge recently blocked the Census Bureau from posing the question, but Raskin added, "The problem is that they’re trying to appeal to the Supreme Court. We would like to put the nail in the coffin for the ill-fated citizenship question, and…demonstrate how the question was not in any way generated by the Department of Justice’s voting rights section, but rather was a clear political plant by the White House."