On July 13, the House Appropriations Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2012 Commerce/Justice/Science Appropriations legislation, which had already cut about 25% from Census funding compared to FY11.

MRA successfully convinced Rep. John Carter (R-TX) to withdraw his amendment during debate, which would have reduced Census Bureau funds by $86 million and the Legal Services Corporation by $136 million, in order to increase funding for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP).

However, the Committee did approve an amendment from Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) which cut 0.1% of spending across the board for all programs in the legislation -- for the Census Bureau, that amounts to a $850,000 reduction. Census Director Groves has shared some details of the consequences of Census funding cuts.

The Committee Report on the legislation is available, with the Census mentioned on pages 14-15.