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Census Bureau to announce it will miss deadline

Census Bureau to announce it will miss deadline
It will be the first time that the Dec. 31 target date is missed since the deadline was implemented more than four decades ago by Congress.

Census Bureau to announce it will miss deadline U.FRANKLIN, POOL/AP The Census Bureau plans to announce it will miss a year-end deadline for handing in numbers used for divvying up congressional seats, a delay that could undermine President Donald Trump's efforts to exclude people in the country illegally from the count if the figures aren't turned in before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.Internal documents obtained earlier this month by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform show that Census Bureau officials don't see the apportionment numbers being ready until days after Biden is inaugurated on Jan.Once in office, Biden could rescind Trump's presidential memorandum directing the Census Bureau to exclude people in the country illegally from numbers used for divvying up congressional seats among the states.

"The delay suggests that the census bureau needs more time to ensure the accuracy of census numbers for all states," said Terri Ann Lowenthal, a former congressional staffer who specializes in census issues.The Commerce Department oversees the Census Bureau, which conducts the once-a-decade head count of every U.

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