Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX) issued this statement following the federal court ruling requiring the Census Bureau to continue collecting census data until October 31, 2020.
“I applaud District Judge Lucy Koh’s just ruling that ensures Census 2020 counting efforts will continue through October 31, 2020. This additional month of outreach, which was the original deadline due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, will give households the extra time they need to respond, and will give Census enumerators the opportunity to ensure that communities of color, rural communities, and individuals experiencing homelessness are rightfully counted.
“Hard-to-count communities, including those in my district, will greatly benefit from the more complete and accurate count this court ruling will ensure now occurs. Democracy won today as this ruling sends a clear message across America that all communities should have the opportunity to be counted and receive the proper allotment of federal funds for economic development, childcare, schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and many other vital community services.
“The current 2020 Census response rate for my congressional district, TX34, is less than 50%, which is significantly less than the 58.7% response rate of 2010. States and localities like mine will benefit from the additional available time to collect response rates and ensure we have a more accurate count and the proper funds and resources brought to our community.”
Judge Koh’s ruling is expected to be appealed by the Justice Department. To read the full ruling, click HERE.
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