Budget Deal Helps Ensure Census Accuracy
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.
Under the Continuing Resolution filed today and scheduled for consideration tomorrow that would keep the government funded through the fall, the Census Bureau will receive an $88 million increase over what the Administration and last year’s Congress had approved, ensuring new Census technology can be fully tested in a dress rehearsal next year. Without the changes approved by the new Congress, the Secretary of Commerce had predicted in a letter to Congress this month that: “…A reduction of this magnitude will have a major impact on counting the population in 2010” (https://maloney.house.gov/sites/maloney.house.gov/files/documents/govreform/census/20070119CensusFunding.pdf ).
In addition, the Survey on Income and Program Participation (SIPP), which was targeted by the Bush Administration to be completely de-funded, will return to its FY06 funding level. The SIPP is a vital survey that is critical for evaluating American living standards and the effectiveness of government programs.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), a long-time champion of the Census and former ranking member on the Census Subcommittee, today hailed the Census funding and thanked House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-WI) and Commerce, Justice ans Science Subcommittee Chair Alan Mollohan (D-WV) for their work.
“This budget deal will help ensure an accurate census in 2010,” said Maloney. “The data that Census produces is vital to the makeup of our government and the effectiveness of government programs, and I am glad that importance was recognized. I applaud Chairmen Obey and Mollohan for their foresight.”