IA Again Asks Congress for More Census Bureau Resources in FY23
The Insights Association, in concert with Census Project coalition allies, is urging Congress to help address "the many challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. Census Bureau" by providing at least $1.505 billion in funding in Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23).
Per the September 8, 2022 letter, the coalition asked the House and Senate "that the final FY 2023 CJS appropriations bill provide the Census Bureau with at least $1.505 billion—an amount approved by the House Appropriations Committee. This funding (which includes $336,176,000 for Current Surveys and Programs and $1,169,294,000 for Periodic Census and Programs) represents a modest $151.5 million increase from the FY 2022 enacted level, as the President proposed in his request. The draft Senate CJS bill recommends $20 million less than the House funding level, a reduction we believe will prevent the Bureau from pursuing important cost-saving methodologies for future statistics in a timely way."
The House Appropriations Committee approved their CJS appropriations bill on June 28, 2022 by a 31-24 vote. The Senate Appropriations Committee skipped regular order, with committee Democrats releasing their CJS bill at the end of July (including language we've been seeking on transparency for the Ask U.S. Panel).
While the Insights Association supports a lot more funding - $2 billion was our ask earlier this year -- the House of Representatives seems to have set the ceiling for FY23 census funding.
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