Yoho Statement on SCOTUS Census Decision
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), released the following statement upon hearing the recent Supreme Court’s ruling to block the 2020 census citizenship question.
“The decision by the Supreme Court, to temporarily block a citizenship question for the upcoming 2020 census, is unfortunate. I agree with the dissenting justices that “The Court’s holding reflects an unprecedented departure from our deferential review of discretionary agency decisions.” There was no legal problem with the Commerce Department’s request to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census. Census questions have been included to census questionnaires in the past. As the dissenting justices stated, “between 1820 and 2010, every decennial census questionnaire but one asked some segment of the population a question related to citizenship. The 2010 census was the first since 1840 that did not include any such question.” While this is a setback, I hope the lower courts will come to a swift decision and the acceptable question of “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” will be added to census so we may properly allocate services to all Americans.