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

Jul 26, 2007 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), a long-time champion of the Census and former ranking member on the Government Reform Census Subcommittee, praised the inclusion of full funding for the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), and funding for the 2010 Census Partnership Program, in the Fiscal Year 2008 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill that passed the House today.  The Bush Administration left the funding for these important Census programs out of its original budget proposal, and Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) was instrumental in securing this appropriation.

Jun 18, 2007 Press Release
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), a long-time champion of the Census and former ranking member on the Government Reform Census Subcommittee, made the following statement today on the nomination of Steve Murdock as the new Census Director:
Jun 13, 2007 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), a long-time champion of the Census and former ranking member on the Government Reform Census Subcommittee, today praised the inclusion of full funding for the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), and funding for the 2010 Census Partnership Program, in the Fiscal Year 2008 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.  The Bush Administration left the funding for these important Census programs out of its original budget proposal, and Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) was instrumental in securing this appropriation.

May 31, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), a long-time champion of the Census and former ranking member on the Government Reform Census Subcommittee, today applauded the Administration’s decision to preserve the Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), which is used to analyze the effects of public policy on American families.  Last year, the Administration announced plans to do away with the important survey tool. 
Jan 30, 2007 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today was a good day for an accurate Census count in 2010, as well as a reprieve for a long standing government survey on poverty in America. On the brink of being underfunded and plunging into disarray shortly before the 2010 count, the House Appropriations Committee today proposed a much-needed infusion of funding in the budget for the Census Bureau.
Jan 12, 2007 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – As the Census Bureau enters a crucial moment that will determine the accuracy of the 2010 count, Members of Congress are urging President Bush to quickly fill high-level vacancies at the Bureau with seasoned, non-partisan professionals (letter to president). Already facing severe budget cuts that may hamper its work, the Bureau has been in flux since Director Louis Kincannon and his top deputy, Hermann Habermann, abruptly resigned on the same day in November.

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.

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