Rep. Lawrence Focuses on Census Undercount in House Appropriations Hearing

At a May 12, 2022 hearing of the House CJS Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-NY-14) asked a question of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, one that Lawrence said was “really important” to her, about the census.

“The Census Bureau recently released a self-issued report card showing that Black, Latino and American Indian communities were… undercounted. And I want to know what your plan is to look at that report and… what’s going to be the outcome of that because it has a very negative impact on poor and minority communities?”

Raimondo replied that Census Director Rob Santos “is laser focused on this…. Undercounts are a problem.”

Lawrence continued that, “our goal is for the census to be complete and accurate. And you know, every decade there’s room for improvement. The 2020 Census was really hard given the COVID unprecedented challenges. So… we’ll continue to follow up with you on this but it is our top priority.”

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