Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT), vice-chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, recently acknowledged the magnitude of the budget challenge facing Congress in funding the Census Bureau.
According to analysis from Election Data Services (EDS), using estimates from the Census Bureau, "13 states will be impacted by changes in their congressional delegation if these new numbers were used for apportionment today” (one more than last year's estimate.)
Congress sent President Trump legislation yesterday including $3.82 billion for all Census Bureau operations in Fiscal Year 2019, a billion dollar increase over FY18, as requested by the Insights Association. The President is expected to sign the bill today.
For the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau plans to have only half as many regional census offices (six instead of 12) and area census offices (248 instead of 425) as were used in the 2010 Census. That spurred Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA-20) and 54 of his House colleagues to reach out to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross with concerns about how this could exacerbate potential undercount in rural, low-income and minority communities.
Especially after the most recent government shutdown, the "Census Bureau must have an uninterrupted funding ramp-up, from final preparations this year through peak operations in 2020, to help ensure the success of this constitutionally-mandated national activity."
While the new chairman of the House Oversight & Reform Committee, Rep.
A federal judge ruled against the Trump Administration's attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
The Insights Association congratulates Dr. Steven Dillingham for his confirmation as Census Bureau Director by voice vote in the Senate on January 2, 2019. ... Unfortunately, Director Dillingham arrives to a partially shut-down Census Bureau.