Census

As the former Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census, Congresswoman Maloney knows the importance of the census and other federal data programs. She fought to ensure that the 2000 and 2010 Census would be fair and accurate, and is working to ensure the 2020 census will be as well. The importance of accurate data cannot be minimized. Decennial census data is used to ensure fair representation and the fair distribution of federal funds.  In addition, Congresswoman Maloney is working to defend the American Community Survey and Economic Census and the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), which are among the most detailed and important surveys used by the public and private sectors.

Select Highlights

  • Preserved the SIPP during the Bush administration to ensure fair and thorough census data gathering: Congresswoman Maloney and her fellow colleagues, along with more than 440 social scientists, successfully urged the Bush administration to abandon its plans to eradicate the SIPP in 2007.

  • Former ranking member on Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census: As the former ranking member of the Subcommittee on Federalism and the Census, Congresswoman Maloney fought to ensure that the 2000 and 2010 Census would be fair and accurate.

  • Cofounder and Chair of the Census Caucus: Congresswoman Maloney believes Congress needs to play an active role in maintaining accurate data collection for the national censuses. That is why she was a founder and co-chair of the Congressional Census Caucus.

 

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More on Census

Jan 11, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The Census Bureau today released A Child’s Day: 2003, an insightful and informative report on American children’s well-being and daily activity that was produced using data from the Bureau’s Survey on Income and Program Participation (SIPP). In his FY07 budget, President Bush proposed eliminating funding for the SIPP before redesigning it in 2010.
Nov 21, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released a new report today examining the high rates of hardship – including overcrowded living conditions, difficulty paying for food and the lack of medical care – faced by African American and Latino families (link to report). The informative report was prepared using data from the Census Bureau’s Survey on Income and Program Participation (SIPP).
Nov 14, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – As the 2010 Census nears, it appears that the Census Bureau is in turmoil. The Director of the Census Bureau, Louis Kincannon, and his top deputy, Hermann Habermann, stepped down from their positions today. The loss of the two top officials at Census on the same day this close to a decennial count appears to be unprecedented.
Aug 29, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Census Bureau released the annual statistics on income, poverty and health insurance, which showed that the poverty rate in 2005 – 12.6 percent – was statistically unchanged from the year before. The poverty rate in 2000, the year before President Bush took office, was 11.3 percent. The percentage of Americans without health insurance increased from 15.6 percent to 15.9 percent from 2004 to 2005. In addition, the median household income is almost $1,300 lower after inflation than it was in 2000 despite a modest 1.1 percent increase in 2005.
Jul 27, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Top Democrats on the Joint Economic Committee are fighting to save a governmental survey that is critical for evaluating American living standards and the effectiveness of government programs. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), JEC’s senior House Democrat, and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), JEC’s Ranking Member, today introduced legislation in the House and Senate that would keep the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation intact and create a multi-agency commission to review proposed changes to or elimination of the survey (Text of the legislation).
Jun 8, 2006 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The Bush administration is being asked to answer questions about the elimination of a widely-used Census survey and its potentially broad impact on lawmakers’ ability to evaluate government programs and spending.  Joint Economic Committee ranking member Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and senior House Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), along with 10 colleagues in the House and Senate, have directed their questions about the Census Bureau’s endangered Survey on Income and Program Participation (SIPP) to Office of Management and Budget Director Rob Portman (letter on SIPP).

Jun 2, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The Government Accountability Office has released a report examining the manner in which the Census Bureau releases data, which found that the Bureau departed from the traditional date and location when releasing recent poverty data and that the Bureau lacks standardized dissemination policies (GAO report).

 

May 30, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – A Census Bureau news release last week touted a survey that the Bush administration has targeted for elimination as “invaluable” (click here for release – text below). The Survey for Income and Program Participation has tracked income, employment and government programs for more than 20 years, but the Bush FY07 budget would terminate the survey.
May 25, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – The elimination of a key Census Bureau survey, as proposed by the Bush administration, would prevent the production of important studies on income and health insurance. One such eye-opening study was released Wednesday by The Commonwealth Fund, revealing that young adults are the fastest growing uninsured population in the United States. Utilizing existing data, the researchers were able to analyze the age of the uninsured, as well as the length of time they go without health insurance.
Mar 10, 2006 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Twenty-nine U.S. Senators and forty-two Members of Congress have sent a letter to President Bush asking him to reverse the administration’s decision to eliminate a Census Bureau survey that is critical for evaluating American living standards and the effectiveness of government programs such as unemployment insurance, food stamps, Medicaid, and welfare. The President’s budget would eliminate the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), the only large-scale government survey that collects high-quality, policy-relevant data on the economic well-being of American families over time.

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