Dems vote to boost Census Bureau powers in bid to block citizenship questions

The House on Thursday passed legislation that would make the Census Bureau more independent from the White House, a move Democrats hope will prevent a future Republican president from adding census questions about citizenship.

Lawmakers passed the Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act, thanks to nearly unanimous support from Democrats who opposed former President Donald Trump’s unsuccessful push for a citizenship question in 2018 and are still worried another Republican might try again.

Trump’s team argued a citizenship question was needed to determine where non-citizens live, which would help the government enforce the Voting Rights Act. But the question

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