Republican Congresswoman Speaks Out Against a Rushed 2020 Census

Sharing her “serious concerns with the U.S. Census Bureau’s decision to end self-response and field data collection operations for the decennial census by September 30, 2020, one month earlier than previously announced,” Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón, Republican Representative for Puerto Rico, wrote to Census Director Steven Dillingham on August 11 that she was “particularly worried about the implications this could have on the accuracy and completeness of the count in low self-response jurisdictions like Puerto Rico.”

González-Colón urged the Census Bureau to provide “additional time,” as originally planned in April, to “support efforts to achieve an accurate and complete count, which is vital to ensure we receive appropriate federal funding to support Puerto Rico’s ongoing recovery process and continue meeting the needs of our citizens during the next decade.”

Her letter echoes the support from a recent bipartisan Senate letter, Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), Rep. Don Young (R-AK), the U.S. business community, and nearly 900 stakeholder groups.

Read Rep. González-Colón’s letter.