The Census and Reapportionment

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The Jones-Vandetiberg bill now pending in the Senate makes provision for the fifteenth decennial census and for a reapportionment, on the basis of returns from that census, of congressional representation among the states. These were “matters of emergency legislation,” President Hoover said in his message at the opening of the present special session of Congress. “I recommend their consummation as being in the public interest.”

The combined census-reapportionment bill was reported by the Senate Commerce Committee, April 23, as a substitute for the separate measures approved by the House at the last session, but blocked by a filibuster in the Senate. The pending bill does not provide a new basis for congressional reapportionment. Instead, it specifies that the President shall transmit to Congress a statement ...

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