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Councilman Daniel Valenzuela’s Statement on Phoenix City Council’s Decision to Sue Federal Government Over Census Data Collection Councilman Daniel Valenzuela’s Statement on Phoenix City Council’s Decision to Sue Federal Government Over Census Data Collection <div class="ExternalClassF51FC11697C5477DA982AAE0D99F2B6D"><p>"The U.S. Department of Commerce's demand for citizenship status of every resident in the country taking part in the 2020 census poses serious consequences for Phoenix. Our city stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding from an undercount. I believe it is appropriate for the City Council to publicly vote on the issue of whether to pursue litigation against the federal government.  </p><p>In March, I warned about the impact such an order will have. Census figures are used to redraw political boundaries from school boards to Congressional seats as well as determine how much money cities and states receive from the federal government.  <br></p><p>The stakes are incredibly high. I applaud my colleague Kate Gallego for joining me to request a vote on this important matter. I appreciate Mayor Stanton's willingness to call the vote. I want to thank the City Council for voting to pursue legal action against the federal government so a complete and accurate count will happen."  <br></p><p><br></p></div>5/22/2018 11:30:00 PMNick Valenzuela602-495-5405