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H.R. 3600 (115th): Census Accuracy Act of 2017

About the bill

The 2020 Census could mark the first time the survey asks whether a respondent is in this country legally or not. But could that produce negative effects even for citizens?

What the bill does

The Census Accuracy Act would mandate the 2020 Census includes a checkbox for respondents to answer from one of four options: citizen, permanent resident, has been granted legal status, or none of the above.

The Census's goal has always been to count every person living in the United States at the time, regardless of their legal status. But a respondent's legal status has never specifically been asked on the form before.

Numbered H.R. 3600, the bill was introduced in July by Rep. Steve King (R-IA4).

What supporters say

Rep. Steve King (R-IA4), lead House sponsor of …

Sponsor and status

Steve King

Sponsor. Representative for Iowa's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 28, 2017
Length: 2 pages
Jul 28, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 28, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


30 Cosponsors (30 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Kings Agenda Advancing: Citizenship Question Restored to Census
    — Rep. Steve King [R-IA4, 2013-2020] (Sponsor) on Mar 28, 2018

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Jul 28, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 3600 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3600. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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