The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY15 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) appropriations bill on June 5 by a vote of 30-0. The bill would provide $1.15 billion for the Bureau of the Census, an increase over the FY14 funding level of $945 million, and a slight decrease from the President’s request of $1.2 billion. The House Committee on Appropriations approved its FY15 CJS appropriations bill on May 30, providing only $938 million for the Census Bureau (see Memo, 5/30).
The House bill includes language to make the Census-run American Community Survey (ACS) voluntary, but the Senate bill does not include such language. NLIHC strongly opposes such efforts to weaken the ACS, because the ACS provides critical data on household incomes and housing conditions. NLIHC and other affordable housing organizations use these data to determine the need for affordable housing at the national, state, and local levels.