Here's the latest update on the Congressional ACS hearing...
If any of our CTPP friends attend or sent in testimony and want to
report back I am sure those on this listserve would be interested in
hearing from you.
From: Terri Lowenthal [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Good afternoon, Census Project stakeholders.
Just a reminder that the congressional Joint Economic Committee will
hold a hearing tomorrow (June 19) at 2:30PM to review the economic
consequences of eliminating the Census Bureau's American Community
Survey and other federal surveys (such as the quinquennial Economic
Census). The Census Project encourages stakeholders in the Washington,
DC area to attend this hearing in person, to demonstrate strong interest
in and support for the ACS and other core Census Bureau programs. See
the link on my Facebook page for more details about the hearing.
However, if you are unable to attend, the committee will web case the
hearing. Here's the link (to the best of our knowledge ... if it
doesn't work, please go to the Joint Economic Committee home page!):
Also, FYI, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who is presiding over the JEC
hearing, will hold a short press conference at noon tomorrow at the
House press "Triangle," to call more attention to the serious
consequences of the House vote to eliminate the ACS and to encourage
cooler heads to prevail. In addition to Rep. Maloney and a few other
members of Congress, Wade Henderson (President/CEO of the Leadership
Conference on Civil and Human Rights) and senior representatives from
the National Association of Realtors and National Electrical
Manufacturers Association will speak.
For those of you who don't follow the legislative agenda closely, there
is still no word on when the U.S. Senate will consider the FY13
Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations bill. Due to a whole
range of election year politics, it might not before the election.
However, at some point before this Congress adjourns, lawmakers must
agree on a funding bill for the Census Bureau for fiscal year 2013, and
they must resolve the issues of ACS funding, voluntary versus mandatory
ACS response, and adequate funding for 2020 Census planning and the 2012
Economic Census. So we must use the time now to continue educating all
lawmakers (both chambers, both parties!) about the importance of the ACS
and the serious policy implications of eliminating the survey or making
Thanks for your continued support and efforts. We will keep you posted!
Terri Ann Lowenthal
4749 Lincoln Mall Drive, Suite 600
Matteson, IL 60443