Lowey Celebrates Census Victory and Applauds Local Efforts to Safeguard a Complete Count in 2020

July 25, 2019
Press Release

Before Supreme Court ruling, Lowey ensured House-passed funding bill blocked harmful citizenship question and included $4.6 billion increase for the Census

White Plains, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, submitted written testimony to the New York State Complete Count Commission detailing the importance of an accurate count on the 2020 Census and highlighting the critical work of the NYS Complete Count Commission and Complete Count Committees in Westchester and Rockland to ensure all Lower Hudson Valley residents feel safe participating in this critical questionnaire. 

“The 2020 Census is a serious constitutional obligation that will help determine how much federal money New Yorkers receive for the next decade,” said Congresswoman Nita Lowey. “While the absence of the citizenship question on the Census is a victory, we still have a long way to go, which makes the NYS Complete Count Commission so vital. So too is the work already taking place in my District, by the Rockland Complete Count Committee and the Westchester Complete Count Committee and those in some local communities including Port Chester.”

The 2020 Census will determine how much each community nationwide will receive for schools, roads, health care, and other public services. In Fiscal Year 2016, New York State received more than $73 billion through 55 federal spending programs guided by data derived from the 2010 Census. That is why, as Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey fought against the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census and led the House in passing a spending package that included a $4.6 billion increase for the Census.

“We must ensure that people feel safe enough to participate in the Census by coordinating with local stakeholders to guarantee participation and a full count, especially of those vulnerable to underestimation,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “I stand ready to support these important efforts in any way that I can.”

Congresswoman Lowey’s full testimony can be found here.