U.S. House of Representatives
Press Release – 23 July 1997
PRESS RELEASE July 23, 1997 For Immediate Release HORN ANNOUNCES HEARING ON MULTIRACIAL IDENTIFICATION WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Representative Stephen Horn, R-CA, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Government Management, Information, and Technology, announced today a hearing to examine proposed changes to the way the Federal Government measures individuals according to race. The hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Friday July 25, 1997 in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Witnesses will include Newt Gingrich, Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives (R-GA); Representatives Thomas Sawyer (D-OH), Thomas Petri (R-WI), and Maxine Waters (D-CA); Isabelle Katz Pinzler, Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights; Nancy Gordon, Associate Director for Demographic Programs, Bureau of the Census; Sally Katzen, Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget; Susan Graham, President, Project RACE; Carlos Fernandez, Coordinator for Law and Civil Rights, Association of MultiEthnic Americans; Harold McDougall, Director, Washington Bureau, NAACP; and Dr. Mary Waters, Department of Sociology, Harvard University. The Office of Management and Budget will decide this October whether to adopt changes to its standards for the measurement of race and ethnicity. A Federal task force has unanimously recommended that OMB allow individuals to identify with more than one of the current racial categories in the Census and on other forms. The task force recommendation rejected a proposal to create a separate "multiracial" category. - END - Please contact the Subcommittee for further information.
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