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S. 2580 (115th): Every Person Counts Act

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Should the 2020 Census include a question asking all respondents whether or not they’re an American citizen?


The Census routinely asked all U.S. residents citizenship questions from 1890 through 1950. In 1960, the citizenship question was indirectly addressed. However, from 1970 to 2000, only a sample of the U.S. population was asked about citizenship. After 2000, this and all of the other “long form” questions were moved to the annual American Community Survey which is sent to a little under four million people in the U.S.

For the 2020 Census, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced in late March that the citizenship question would be included once again in the Census, meaning that all residents of the United States would be asked about their citizenship.

The Census helps …

Sponsor and status

Robert “Bob” Menendez

Sponsor. Senator for New Jersey. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 20, 2018
Length: 3 pages
Mar 20, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 20, 2018, 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).


20 Cosponsors (20 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Menéndez, Booker y Colegas Presionan a la Subsecretaria de Comercio sobre la Inclusión de la Pregunta de Ciudadanía en el Censo
    — Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez [D-NJ] (Sponsor) on Aug 21, 2018

Menendez, Booker, Colleagues Press Commerce Deputy Secretary Nominee on Census Citizenship Question
    — Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez [D-NJ] (Sponsor) on Aug 21, 2018

Menendez, Booker, Hirono Introduce Bill to Prevent Trump Administration from Politicizing Census with Citizenship Question
    — Sen. Robert “Bob” Menendez [D-NJ] (Sponsor) on Mar 22, 2018

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Mar 20, 2018

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

S. 2580 (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 S. 2580. 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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