PRB Statement on Supreme Court's Ruling About a Citizenship Question in the 2020 Census

Contact: Leslie Aun, PRB, (703) 517 4550

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Statement from Jeffrey Jordan, President and CEO of Population Reference Bureau regarding the U.S. Supreme Court Decision on adding a citizenship question to the 2020 decennial U.S. Census:

“Good public policy depends on good public data. PRB strongly believes that leaders at all levels of government must have accurate information about the U.S. population upon which to base important decisions about the programs and policies that serve our nation.

“U.S. decennial census data help guide more than $675 billion in annual federal spending. Census undercounts cause states and localities to lose funding used to build highways, repair infrastructure, provide school lunches for disadvantaged children, and support programs for the poor, elderly, and those with special needs.

“Today’s Supreme Court decision reduces for now the risk of undercounting millions ensuring that our communities receive their fair share of these critical federal dollars and that our leaders have the information they need to effectively serve the people and our nation.”