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Data snags cause Trump to miss giving Congress census data

2020 Census Door Knockers
Posted at 1:17 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 15:17:42-05

The Trump administration has missed a deadline for giving Congress numbers used for dividing up congressional seats among the states, as the U.S. Census Bureau works toward fixing data irregularities found during the numbers-crunching phase of the 2020 census.

President Donald Trump on Sunday missed a deadline for transmitting the apportionment numbers to Congress.

Under federal law, the president is required to hand over the numbers to Congress showing the number of people in each state within the first week of the start of Congress in the year following a once-a-decade headcount of every U.S. resident.

According to The Associated Press, the president missed the deadline because the Commerce Department missed a year-end target date for giving the apportionment numbers to the president. The cause was due to the pandemic and data irregularities from the 2020 census, the AP reported.

There are no penalties for missing the deadline.