Action Alert - Ask Your Senators for Full Funding for the Census

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

In early May, MCF joined with a network of approximately 150 organizations nationwide in a letter calling upon Congress to up it's game on funding in 2019 for the census. "We respectfully recommend that the committee allocate $4.735 billion for the Census Bureau in FY2019 —$933.50 million above the Administration’s request for the agency, and $912.5 million above the request of $3.015 billion for the 2020 Census."  The good news is the House appropriations subcommittee responsible for developing the census budget appropriation responded positively; meeting the request and rounding it up to $4.8 billion. This would mean more "boots on the ground" for the 2020 census, specifically more staff to organize in harder to count communities and more area offices to help get the word out and administer the process. 

The Census Bureau appropriations conversation now moves to the US Senate and will be taken up by the  appropriations subcommittee: commerce, justice, science, and related agencies committee. Please call on your Senators and the Administration to appropriate at least $4.735 billion for fiscal year 2019 so the Census can get on track. Check with The Census Project for more information.

Congress plans to have committee work on appropriations completed this summer with budget bills ready for action by the end of the fiscal year which is September 30.  With the elimination of much of the August recess for the Senate, there's more time on the calendar to make this happen.  But, most Capitol Hill insiders still expect that deadline to pass and action on the budget to be deferred until after the midterm elections.

Action Alert: Please call on your Senators and the Administration to appropriate at least $4.735 billion for fiscal year 2019 so the Census can get on track.

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