In his first appearance before a House committee controlled by Democrats, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross faced pointed questions on Thursday about his sworn testimony on his decision last year to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census.
Democrats at the hearing, held by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, expressed incredulity at Mr. Ross’s insistence that he had sought the question at the behest of the Justice Department, an explanation that two federal judges have said was not credible.
Representative William Clay, a Missouri Democrat, said one explanation of Mr. Ross’s deliberations “does not pass the laugh test,” and disclosed that a draft of the Justice Department’s request had been written by a former member of the Trump administration’s political transition team.
The committee’s questioning came ahead of a Supreme Court hearing next month on the legality of the citizenship question, which has been challenged by attorneys general for 17 states, the District of Columbia and a host of cities and counties. Critics say that adding the question will discourage immigrants from filling out the form and will improve Republican political fortunes.
The census count will determine which states gain or lose seats in the House of Representatives when redistricting begins in 2021.
Republicans on Thursday fulminated that Democrats were staging a political sideshow aimed at tainting the Supreme Court hearing. For his part, Mr. Ross rebuffed questions by repeatedly citing a six-page memo he used to announce the citizenship question in March 2018, and by largely refusing to elaborate.
The memo said that the Justice Department needed to know where noncitizens lived to better determine whether the racial or ethnic composition of political districts met the mandates of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. But a federal judge in Manhattan ruled in January that Mr. Ross and his aides clearly had decided to add the question shortly after taking office in February 2017, and that they had recruited Justice Department officials “to launder their request through another agency — that is, to obtain cover for a decision that they had already made.”
Mr. Ross’s efforts to refute that drew scorn from some Democrats. Asked about an email from May 2017 in which he complained about inaction on “my months-old request that we include the citizenship question,” Mr. Ross said he was actually frustrated over the Justice Department’s slowness in telling him whether it needed citizenship data.
No conclusive alternative explanation for including the question has emerged in lawsuits. But plaintiffs in lawsuits have claimed — and some Democrats suggested on Wednesday — that the real reason for asking census respondents about their citizenship was to frighten noncitizens and even some legal immigrants from filling out the form. That would depress the population count among groups that traditionally vote Democratic, and skew the next reapportionment of the House of Representatives and other political districts in 2021.
Noncitizens are counted for reapportionment of the House under the 14th Amendment, which requires that apportioning be based on “the whole number of persons in each state.” Mr. Ross said, as court documents already showed, that he had both discussed and received information on the impact of noncitizens on reapportionment. But he said he had not considered that information when considering the citizenship question.
The citizenship question has been challenged in federal courts in three states, and courts in New York and Maryland have already ruled against its inclusion in the 2020 head count. Judge Jesse M. Furman of the Federal District Court in Manhattan said Mr. Ross had broken “a veritable smorgasbord” of federal rules. A second ruling in a federal court in Maryland stated that Mr. Ross’s decision violated the constitutional requirement to conduct an accurate count of the population because it would depress the response to the census.B:
伯乐相马经150期“【好】【了】，【大】【家】【不】【要】【再】【争】【议】【了】，【这】【样】【下】【去】，【我】【们】【的】【军】【心】【绝】【对】【会】【受】【到】【极】【大】【的】【影】【响】，【神】【龙】【帝】【国】【真】【是】【卑】【鄙】，【居】【然】【用】【这】【样】【的】【手】【段】，【真】【是】【无】【耻】【下】【限】。”【宗】【劲】【说】【道】。 【众】【人】【听】【到】【宗】【劲】【发】【话】【了】，【于】【是】【也】【停】【下】【了】【争】【论】【的】【声】【音】，【想】【听】【听】【宗】【劲】【有】【什】【么】【决】【定】。 “【这】【样】【下】【去】【也】【不】【是】【什】【么】【办】【法】，【我】【们】【得】【让】【敌】【人】【知】【道】【我】【们】【的】【厉】【害】，【我】【的】【打】【算】【就】【是】，【打】
【看】【着】【唐】【安】【辰】【这】【可】【爱】【的】【模】【样】，【元】【恒】【无】【奈】【地】【摇】【摇】【头】，“【要】【我】【是】【郝】【普】【的】【话】，【也】【不】【把】【这】【样】【的】【你】【放】【在】【眼】【里】。” “【怎】【么】【说】？”【唐】【安】【辰】【坐】【正】，【满】【脸】【的】【求】【知】【欲】。 “【先】【说】【说】【郝】【普】，【这】【个】【人】【我】【有】【点】【了】【解】，【这】【一】【带】【有】【名】【的】【硬】【汉】。【这】【个】【人】……【只】【能】【说】【狠】。【特】【别】【狠】。【十】【二】【岁】【的】【时】【候】，【父】【亲】【没】【了】，【母】【亲】【差】【点】【被】【叔】【叔】【凌】【辱】，【他】【拿】【刀】【保】【护】【了】【母】【亲】。【后】
“【玄】【墨】，【你】【以】【往】，【可】【曾】【听】【过】【这】【云】【州】【凌】【家】【之】【名】。” 【太】【一】，【声】【音】【传】【入】【左】【手】【中】【的】【王】【戒】。 【沉】【顿】【片】【刻】【之】【后】，【从】【这】【王】【戒】【之】【中】，【玄】【墨】【的】【声】【音】【传】【来】：“【老】【奴】，【未】【曾】【听】【过】，【从】【现】【在】【的】【资】【料】【来】【看】，【主】【人】【要】【去】【的】【这】【云】【州】【凌】【家】，【不】【过】【只】【是】【一】【个】【只】【有】【神】【寂】【修】【士】【的】【小】【世】【家】，【这】【种】【世】【家】【在】【大】【世】【之】【中】，【只】【能】【够】【排】【入】【第】【二】【梯】【队】，【根】【本】【不】【入】【老】【主】【人】【的】【发】【言】伯乐相马经150期“【看】【样】【子】，【这】【些】【年】【在】【这】【些】【花】【草】【上】【面】，【你】【也】【是】【下】【了】【工】【夫】【的】。”【能】【培】【育】【出】【那】【么】【多】【花】【草】，【木】【小】【唯】【也】【是】【高】【兴】【的】，“【你】【有】【带】【在】【身】【上】【吗】？” “【这】【个】【倒】【是】【没】【有】。”【彩】【儿】【笑】【了】【一】【下】，“【阿】【瑾】【在】【城】【南】【那】【边】【圈】【了】【一】【块】【地】【给】【我】【做】【花】【田】，【所】【以】【我】【就】【直】【接】【在】【那】【边】【培】【育】【了】，【虽】【然】【都】【是】【凡】【土】【培】【育】【的】，【不】【过】【长】【势】【还】【是】【很】【不】【错】【的】，【小】【姐】【姐】，【要】【不】【跟】【我】【一】【起】【去】
【付】【义】：“【景】【玥】【你】【就】【别】【逗】【灿】【坤】【了】，【就】【属】【他】【胆】【子】【小】【一】【会】【真】【该】【吓】【的】【自】【己】【往】【回】【跑】【了】。” 【景】【玥】：“【我】【没】【逗】【他】【啊】！【我】【是】【认】【真】【的】。” 【付】【义】：“【呃】～【那】【这】【个】【地】【方】【就】【应】【该】【是】【安】【全】【的】。” 【景】【玥】：“【还】【是】【付】【哥】【聪】【明】！” 【付】【义】：“【灿】【坤】【听】【到】【没】，【景】【妹】【怎】【么】【可】【能】【让】【我】【们】【去】【冒】【险】。” 【西】【灿】【坤】【一】【脸】【埋】【冤】【道】：“【我】【们】【不】【是】【一】【直】【在】【冒】【险】【嘛】
【路】【人】【甲】：“【听】【见】【了】【吗】？【炼】【丹】【堂】【刻】【意】【打】【压】【清】【风】【寨】，【诬】【蔑】【清】【风】【寨】【抄】【袭】【生】【产】【假】【药】，【把】【他】【们】【的】【清】【风】【百】【清】【丹】【给】【封】【杀】【了】，【这】【就】【是】【炼】【丹】【堂】【的】【嘴】【脸】！” 【炮】【灰】【乙】：“【想】【不】【到】【堂】【堂】【炼】【丹】【堂】【也】【净】【做】【这】【些】【苟】【且】【之】【事】，【不】【好】【好】【研】【究】【丹】【药】【便】【罢】【了】，【还】【去】【诬】【告】【封】【杀】【他】【人】，【简】【直】【太】【放】【肆】【了】！” 【流】【氓】【丙】：“【诶】，【我】【跟】【你】【们】【讲】【啊】，【根】【据】【小】【道】【消】【息】【说】，【炼】【丹】
【本】【书】【存】【在】【很】【多】【错】【误】，【相】【信】【大】【家】【也】【看】【到】【了】，【原】【先】【是】【想】【闷】【头】【写】【下】【去】。 【但】【是】，【既】【然】【已】【经】【知】【道】【错】【了】，【何】【必】【要】【在】【错】【误】【的】【道】【路】【上】【越】【走】【越】【远】？ 【所】【以】，【要】【及】【时】【改】【正】【过】【来】。 【新】【书】【已】【经】【投】【稿】【了】，【无】【论】【签】【或】【不】【签】，【我】【都】【会】【把】【这】【书】【写】【下】【去】，【哪】【怕】【不】【签】【约】【也】【会】【写】【下】【去】。 【书】【名】【改】【了】，【避】【开】【同】【人】【文】【的】【歧】【义】，【很】【多】【设】【定】【也】【改】【了】，【但】【是】【故】【事】【内】