On June 29, 2017, the House CJS Appropriations Subcommittee approved the CJS appropriations legislation, including $1.507 billion for the Census Bureau in Fiscal Year 2018 -- a $10 million increase from the President's Census budget request and $37 million more than the final FY17 funding level.
While we appreciate the subcommittee offering more than the White House, the funding level is still clearly inadequate to the task.
The full House Appropriations Committee will mark up this legislation today.
The Insights Association supports an amendment to be proposed by Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY-15), which would increase the FY18 funding for the Census Bureau to $1.8 billion.This is much closer to previous estimates for necessary funding in FY18 and would help keep preparations for the 2020 Census on track. In particular, the Serrano amendment would allow for fuller testing of decennial counting. The Census Bureau cancelled most of the FY18 end-to-end field test, reducing a three-state effort to a single town in Rhode Island. The increase in funding from the Serrano amendment would allow testing in particular of special counting methods for rural and remote areas before the 2020 headcount, which will be essential to avoid an undercount in rural and remote areas (which are traditionally harder to count).