(USA Features) House Republicans on Friday questioned whether the White House was engaging in “political interference” regarding the final Census numbers from the 2020 count that will determine the number of congressional districts in every state for the next decade.
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee, in a letter to Secretary of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, called the Biden administration’s involvement in altering final count figures “surprising” and concerning.
“We write today with concerns about the apportionment count released by the Census Bureau, and whether the process which derived the count was fair, accurate, and independent from any White House interference,” the letter says.
“Given the extra time it took to complete the 2020 Census — including not meeting the statutory deadlines by months — we have questions about the methodology and the role the Biden White House may have played in releasing these numbers, especially as the results differ from evaluation estimates released mere months ago in ways that benefit blue states over red states.,” the letter adds.
On Monday the Census Bureau, which is overseen by the Commerce Department, released apportionment based on the 2020 census. Six states gained seats: Texas, Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, and Oregon — while seven — California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia — lost a seat.
But three Democrat-run states — New York, New Jersey, and Illinois — far exceeded their previous population estimates in the actual enumeration count from earlier this week. And red states like Arizona, Florida, and Texas saw major declines from December estimates.
“The apportionment inhabitants outcomes launched by the Census Bureau are strikingly completely different from the inhabitants analysis estimates launched simply months in the past on December 22, 2020,” the GOP members wrote. “Remarkably, the variations profit historically blue states — which gained inhabitants in comparison with the estimates — over purple states which tended to lose inhabitants in comparison with the estimates.
“For instance, New York was estimated to have a population of 19,336,776, but was attributed an apportionment population much greater than that of 20,215,751, a difference of nearly 900,000 individuals,” the Republican members added.
“Likewise, states such as New Jersey and Illinois experienced large population increases of hundreds of thousands of individuals compared to the December estimates, while states such as Arizona, Florida, and Texas experienced large decreases from the December estimates,” the letter added.