Thank you Mr. Chairman.
Census Day may be eighteen days away, but the Census has begun. Almost 100 million questionnaires are in the mail and 22 million more are being delivered by hand in rural areas. I received mine yesterday and I urge all Americans to fill out their questionnaire and mail it back.
Thank you Mr. Chairman, and welcome again Dr. Prewitt. I would like to thank you Dr. Prewitt for taking time out of what must be an incredibly busy schedule to appear before us today. As the Census Bureau begins the most intensive operations of the 2000 Census, Congress and the American public need to stay informed on the progress of the largest peace-time mobilization in American history. I'm happy to say that from reading your testimony Dr. Prewitt, it appears that the 2000 Census operations are on schedule and as of today there are no major problems.
Mr. Chairman, Mrs. Maloney, and Members of the Subcommittee: I welcome this opportunity to report on the status of Census 2000. When I last testified, we were 53 days from Census Day, April 1. Now we are 24 days away and the clock is racing. Much has happened in the last month. The next few weeks will be the most demanding phase of Census 2000 thus far.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, joined by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, and moms who have been fired for breastfeeding on the job, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) announced that she has introduced the Pregnancy Discrimination Act Amendments of 2000. Maloney's bill clarifies the Pregnancy Discrimination Act civil rights law to protect women from job termination or workplace discrimination if they choose to breastfeed or express milk in the workplace.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Yesterday, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), the Ranking Democrat on the House Census Subcommittee, asked the Postmaster General to investigate, what seems to be a clear violation of federal law, mailings that are intended to resemble government documents. The letters were part of a fund-raising solicitation sent by the Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF), the leading critic of the Census Bureau, to over a quarter-million households. The letters were sent in envelopes designed to look like official Census Bureau mailings and were timed to overlap with the Census Bureau's mailing out of the official census forms to every home in the country.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Rush Holt (D-NJ) introduced legislation requiring colleges and universities to address the need for sprinklers, smoke alarms, and flame retardant furniture in dormitories. The Fire Safe Dorm Act of 2000 will improve the fire safety of the nation's college and university housing from the Federal level. Also today, Senator Frank Launtenberg (D-NJ) introduced companion legislation in the US Senate.
NEW YORK, NY -- Today, in front of the Isaiah Wall in Manhattan, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Ms. Nikki Stephanopoulos (mother of Sister Maria), and Archbishop Mark and Father Victor Potapov of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russian (ROCOR) reported extremely positive news from their trip to visit two American nuns under siege in a monastery in Jericho. This week a delegation of family members, church officials, and representatives from Congressional offices traveled to the Middle East to investigate the situation and meet with Palestinian and U.S. officials.