The House Committee on Appropriations approved the FY16 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill on May 20. This bill covers U.S. Census Bureau programs such as the 2020 Decennial Census and the American Community Survey (ACS).
The total funding level for the U.S. Census Bureau is $1.1 billion, $387 million below President Barack Obama’s budget request. According to the Census Project, a coalition of organizations dedicated to a fair and accurate census, this level of funding is not sufficient to carry out needed planning for the 2020 Census and maintain a robust and accurate ACS. NLIHC and other affordable housing organizations use these data to determine the need for affordable housing.
The Census Project is hosting a Congressional staff briefing on May 27, titled “The Census Bureau's American Community Survey: Ten Years of Delivering Data for Smart Decision-Making.” The briefing will be held in the Capitol Visitors Center room 201-00 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET. Because lunch is included, RSVP by Tuesday, May 26 to Jason Shevrin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information go to http://www.thecensusproject.org/files/2015/2015-05-HillBriefing/CensusProject-ACSBfgInvite-May2015.pdf