PHILADELPHIA, April 5, 2018 – Today, City Council adopted a resolution, introduced by Councilman Derek Green (At-Large), authorizing the City’s Committee on Law and Government to conduct hearings on the Decennial 2020 Census.
Councilman Green joins in the sentiments of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor Jim Kenney, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and other elected officials across the nation who are calling for a thorough and fair Census, as it is relevant to the interests of every citizen – particularly the apportioning of seats in the House of Representatives and redistricting of congressional districts. An accurate census count is also essential to a plethora of different populations receiving federal grants and/or monies.
“With the pace and sophistication of technology, along with the Census Bureau’s funding allocation of $2.814 billion, we can ensure a complete and accurate count and analysis of census data in 2020, in addition to the continuation of a 200+ year history of the Bureau’s exceptional leadership, commitment and transparency to Americans,” said Councilman Green. “We must call all those who are accountable to task now, and let nothing hinder a successful outcome.”
The passage of this legislation coincides with an ongoing debate and concern regarding the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s request that the Census Bureau include a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The U.S. Conference of Mayors has urged U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to reject this request, fearing it would deter people from participating in the Census. Councilman Green introduced a resolution in late February, urging Secretary Ross to adopt the recommendations of the U.S. Conference of Mayors regarding the impact of the 2020 Census on municipalities.
Councilman Derek S. Green, Esquire is currently serving his first term as an At-Large member of Philadelphia City Council. Green is Chair of Council’s Committee on the Disabled and Persons with Special Needs. More information at www.phlcouncil.com/DerekGreen