Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998
From: Census 2000 Initiative
BUDGET AGREEMENT: Census Receives Funding Increase; Congress
Will Revisit Sampling Issue by June 15
Dual Track Preparations to Continue for Now
The Census Bureau will receive $1.027 billion for 2000
preparations in the fiscal year that began on October 1,
according to an agreement reached today between Congress and
the Administration. But Congress will revisit the dispute
over sampling methods by June 15, 1999 before funds can be
spent after that date. Negotiators also agreed to stop the
flow of funds to the entire budget account covering the
Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, and the
judicial branch after June 15 unless a new measure granting
spending authority is enacted.
The Bureau's allocation is $75 million above the $952
million for census preparations approved by the House of
Representatives last August. Of the additional $75 million,
$40 million must be spent on preparations for a census that
doesn't include sampling methods.
Negotiators hope that the threat of shutting down law
enforcement activities, foreign embassy operations, and
other vital programs in the same bill will force sampling
critics and the Administration to resolve the controversy
over census methods. The Census Bureau will complete
evaluations of this year's census dress rehearsal by next
winter, and the Census Monitoring Board must issue reports
by February 1 and April 1 of next year, as well.
Congress and the Administration also hope that the Supreme
Court will issue a ruling before the self-imposed June 15
deadline in two lawsuits challenging the use of sampling for
purposes of congressional apportionment. However, Rep. Dan
Miller (R-FL) said in a statement yesterday that a Supreme
Court ruling that sampling is lawful "doesn't automatically"
mean that sampling will be used in the 2000 census.
Funding for the census will be included in an omnibus
spending package covering numerous Federal departments and
agencies. Congress is expected to pass the bill within the
next few days before leaving town for the fall elections.
Census director confirmation expected: The Senate is
expected to confirm President Clinton's nominee for Census
Bureau director, Dr. Kenneth Prewitt, before adjournment,
according to Administration officials monitoring census
issues. Dr. Prewitt would take over from James F. Holmes,
the Bureau's Atlanta Regional Director who has served as
acting head of the Bureau since Dr. Martha F. Riche stepped
down last January. No Senators have expressed opposition
publicly to the Prewitt nomination.
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