When the census statistics came out, we learned which states gained population, and which states lost population. This is critical in determining the number of House seats on Capitol Hill.
As it turned out, Republicans did gain some important seats due to population swings toward red states. But it wasn’t enough of a swing, according to a dozen GOP members.
Now they’ve sent a letter to the House Oversight Committee, demanding answers.
These House Republicans are questioning the census statistics, and want to know if Biden’s White House might’ve had some sort of impact on the results.
Basically, they’re alleging possible “political interference,” as the GOP fell shy of the number of seats they were expected to gain. The projections just seemed way off in some cases.
So Rep. James Comer (R-KY) headed up the letter of inquiry, and they want to dig into the “methodology” Biden’s team used to obtain these statistics.
This could create lots of waves if any kind of manipulation – intentional or otherwise – shows up in the investigation.
Via Fox News:
More than a dozen House Republicans Friday are questioning Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo on whether there ‘was any political interference’ in the final census numbers used to decide how many House members each state will get for the coming decade.
The Republican House members cited gaps between the number of House seats some right-leaning states were projected to gain — or some left-leaning states were projected to lose — and the final results announced this week.
Most importantly, Republicans claim the “population results released by the Census Bureau are strikingly different from the population evaluation estimates released just months ago.”
And these differences apparently benefited blue states.
The letter then calls out specific questionable statistics:
For example, 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.
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 bottom line is that the final results didn’t seem to gel with the estimates. This is what Republicans are annoyed about.
For example, some estimates showed that Texas would gain 3 seats, but it only gained 2. Other projections showed New York losing maybe 1 or 2; it lost 1, but was only 89 seats shy of losing zero.
The Census Bureau explains this by saying the estimates are just common error.
However, Comer and the other House Republicans wonder if the results could be due to something else — possibly some form of interference on behalf of Biden’s team.
They’re demanding the Bureau release a bunch of documents, including communications between the group and the White House. The GOP also wants to know if counting unregistered residents had a big effect.
Either way, the results are in question and the Biden administration should respond. Because this is an extremely important issue for the future.
- A dozen House Republicans are challenging the final Census Bureau statistics.
- They say the results and the previous estimates are “strikingly different.”
- Now they want to know if there might’ve been any “political interference” on the part of Biden’s White House.
Source: Fox News