PAA Urges Congress to Fund Census Bureau in Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Spending Measure

Census Project

Sept. 1, 2017

Dear Representative:

We are writing to urge Congress to allocate at least $300 million above the funding level for the Census Bureau in the FY 2018 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill (H.R. 3267), which will be incorporated into an omnibus spending measure. This funding level is necessary not only to ensure a sufficient funding ramp up two years ahead of the 2020 Census, but also to enable the Bureau to sustain other key economic and demographic programs and surveys. Simply put, more funding is required to ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census in all communities and to avoid large cost increases for the decennial census in the final years of the decade. This funding is also necessary to preserve the quality of other vital data sets the agency produces to inform evidence-based policy making in the public and private sectors.

As members and supporters of The Census Project (www.thecensusproject.org), a diverse network of census stakeholders, including business, civil rights, state and local government, education, housing, health, labor, and human services interests, we are writing to communicate our strong support for funding the Census Bureau when the House of Representatives considers the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 omnibus spending bill, in September. In addition, if and when Congress considers a FY 2018 continuing resolution, we ask Congress to provide a full funding anomaly for the Census Bureau that exceeds the President’s budget request and the current House Appropriations Committee mark on an annualized basis.  (Click here to read more.)