NLIHC joined over 50 other organizations in signing a letter to Congress sent this week in support of the President’s FY12 request of $1.025 billion for the U.S. Census Bureau, in recognition of the fact that the development of good housing policy depends on good information about Americans and their housing.
The letter cites the need to maintain reliable American Community Survey data, on which most funding formulas now depend; conduct the 2012 Economic Census, which is important to tracking the strength and breadth of the economic recovery; and assure the preparations for the 2020 Census, which must already begin in order to collect and deliver the 2020 data on time without significant added costs. On the House side, the letter was addressed to the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations Mr. Frank R. Wolf (R-VA) and the Ranking Member, Mr. Chaka Fatah, (D-PA). On the Senate side, the letter was addressed to Senator Barbara Mikulski, Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies of the Committee on Appropriations and to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, the Ranking Member.
The letter to the House of Representatives is available at http://www.amstat.org/outreach/pdfs/FY12_SupportLetterHouse.pdf
The letter to the Senate is available at http://www.amstat.org/outreach/pdfs/FY12_SupportLetterSenate.pdf.