Trump eyes U.S. Census delay after Supreme Court setback

WASHINGTON, June 27 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he is exploring a delay in the 2020 census for an unspecified amount of time after the Supreme Court blocked, for now, his push to add a citizenship question to the decennial headcount.

"I have asked the lawyers if they can delay the Census, no matter how long, until the United States Supreme Court is given additional information from which it can make a final and decisive decision on this very critical matter," Trump tweeted.

The national census is required every 10 years under the U.S. Constitution, which specifically mandates it. No citizenship question has been a part of the census since 1950.

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How many amendments does the Constitution have?

Answer: 27

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Who makes federal laws?

Answer: Congress, Senate, House of Representatives 

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The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words?

Answer: 'We the People'

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We elect a US Senator for how many years?

Answer: Six (at a time)

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The House of Representatives has how many voting members?

Answer: 435

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Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government?

Answers: To print money, to declare war, to create an army, to make treaties

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If both the president and vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president?

Answer: Speaker of the House

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What are two Cabinet-level positions?

Answers: Vice President, Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Education, Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Secretary of Homeland Security, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of Labor, Secretary of State, Secretary of Transportation, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Attorney General

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Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

Answer: Thomas Jefferson

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When was the Constitution written?

Answer: 1787

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The Trump administration had said it wants to add the question to better enforce a law protecting the voting rights of racial minorities.

Critics have called the question a Republican ploy to scare immigrants away from taking part and engineer an undercount in Democratic-leaning areas with large immigrant and Latino populations.

The nation's top court, in a decision handed down on Thursday, said the federal government's rationale for the question "seems to have been contrived" and stated the government had not given a reasoned explanation for its actions.

The Supreme Court sent the issue back to the Commerce Department, which is in charge of the census, to decide whether to provide a different rationale for the question.

The administration has said census forms need to be printed in the coming days. A federal agency normally takes weeks or months to issue a determination.

(Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh, Susan Heavey and James Dalgleish)

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