The House lawmakers criticized a proposal by Sens. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican, and Robert F. Bennett, Utah Republican, as a political ploy designed to discourage immigrants from participating in the high-stakes count, which begins April 1.
They also echoed warnings from the Census Bureau that making a last-minute change to the census would add burdensome costs to print new forms and prevent the head count from being completed on time, as legally required.
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