Fox News reports:
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 letter, first obtained by Fox News, is led by Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee.
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. They told Raimondo, overseeing the Census Bureau, that they “have questions about the methodology and the role the Biden White House may have played in releasing these numbers.”
Republicans insisted the outcome should have been even more favorable to their states, and questioned whether the bureau had been affected by “political interference.”
“Even as President Trump sought to ensure the accuracy of the 2020 census apportionment results by excluding illegal aliens from the apportionment count, President Biden reversed course, deciding to dilute American citizens’ representational interests by rescinding this commonsense measure,” the group wrote.
“Several liberal states with sanctuary policies may have lost more congressional seats if illegal immigrants had not been included in the apportionment base.”
Rather obviously, Republicans are attempting to head off any investigation into how the Trump administration screwed with the Census. In addition to Comer [photo], the letter is signed by Jim Jordan, Virginia Foxx, Paul Gosar, Clay Higgins, Andy Biggs, Jody Hice, and other far-right members of the GOP House.
The final Census numbers were unusually different from the estimates released just a few months ago – hurting representation for conservative-leaning states.
Did the Biden Administration interfere with the count for political gain? Our questions ⬇️https://t.co/Xbli94U11B
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) April 30, 2021