Sarbanes Denounces President Trump’s Unconstitutional Attempt to Undermine the 2020 Census [Video]

At a House Oversight and Reform Committee Hearing, Congressman Sarbanes Called on the Trump Administration to Follow the Constitution and Count Every Person Living in the United States
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July 29, 2020
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing today, Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) slammed President Trump’s latest effort to defy the Constitution and sabotage the 2020 Census by neglecting to count every single person living in the United States.

“Fundamentally, you can’t run a country if you don’t know how many people are in your country – and that’s the purpose of the census, plain and simple,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “This is a patriotic exercise that we engage in every 10 years – to know who’s in our country, how many people, so we know how to provide services and resources…. This is about being able to function properly and efficiently as a country, so we know where to build the roads and the hospitals and the schools…. If we don't take the census seriously, we’re not gonna be able to function as a country in an effective way.”

Sarbanes continued: “Now, I don’t want to belabor what the President has done because it’s very clear – based on the testimony and I think an easy reading of the Constitution – that what the President has proposed most recently is not only unconstitutional, it’s completely unworkable.”

Sarbanes concluded: “We don't want to rush the census in a way that would undermine its accuracy, and I fear that the President is seeking to do that now…. The President's trying to politicize [the census]. We need to keep it in a safe zone and get this right and do it properly for the benefit of the country.”

See below for the Congressman’s full remarks.

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