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Attorney: Congressional seat data won’t be ready in January

A Census 2020 form is seen Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Toksook Bay, Alaska. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

By MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press
A Trump administration attorney says the numbers used for deciding how many congressional seats each state gets won’t be ready until mid-February at the earliest. Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Coghlan said during a court hearing Monday that the U.S. Census Bureau had found new irregularities in the head count data that determines congressional seat allocations and the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal spending each year. Not having the apportionment numbers finished before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20 will jeopardize an effort by President Donald Trump to exclude people in the country illegally from the apportionment count.

 


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