The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday against the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census until more questions are answered. The high court ruled that there are still inconsistencies with the Trump administration’s reasoning for the question, specifically, with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. However, according to a story published last week on SaraACarter.com, earlier witness testimony from the House Committee on Oversight and Reform revealed clear indications of partisan pushback on the issue.
One major question that came up several times during the course of earlier questioning by lawmakers was related to racial gerrymandering, which many have argued is the administration’s reasoning for this latest push.
Every single witness revealed no such connection, according to the testimony.
“The minority views highlight new witness testimony that directly rebuts Democrat conspiracy theories about the origins and purpose of the citizenship question,” said committee ranking member Jim Jordan (R-OH) in a press release.
Now, the court says it was provided “with an explanation for agency action that is incongruent with what the record reveals about the agency’s priorities and decisionmaking process.”
The Supreme Court is still awaiting answers to questions and has not made any final rulings on the Department of Commerce v. New York case.