I got this email from friend Terri Ann at the The Census Project
Good evening, Census Project colleagues.
A brief follow-up to Phil Sparks' earlier memo regarding the Joint
Economic Committee hearing scheduled for June 19, to review the
consequences of eliminating the Census Bureau's American Community Survey
and Economic Census.
1. Below is a hearing notice from congressional staff. As Phil
mentioned, the hearing is open to the public, and we urge census/ACS
stakeholders in the Washington, DC area to attend, to demonstrate interest
in and concern about this issue.
2. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), House Democrat on this bipartisan (evenly
divided), bicameral committee, will preside over the hearing. Rep.
Maloney has invited stakeholder organizations to submit testimony "for the
hearing record." For those unfamiliar with this procedure, a committee
may include, in the official hearing record, statements from interested
parties who did not testify at the hearing. The statement should be
directly relevant to the topic of the hearing. While it usually can be of
any length, I suggest statements between one and five pages only (single
or double spaced), concise and to the point, demonstrating concrete
consequences to your organization, members, or constituency of eliminating
these vital, core Census Bureau programs.
Statements should bear the title, committee name, and date of the hearing
at the top. The first sentence or two should indicate in some fashion
that you are submitting the statement for the hearing record (and
appreciate the opportunity to do so!). Here's an example:
Written Statement of Americans for Census Data, Inc.
Submitted for the Hearing Record
"The Economic Impact of Ending or Reducing Funding for the American
Community Survey and Other Government Statistics"
Joint Economic Committee
Congress of the United States
June 19, 2012
It is appropriate to begin your statement by addressing the senior
committee members from both parties (whether or not they are in
attendance): "Congresswoman Maloney (presiding), Chairman Casey, Vice
Chairman Brady, Senator DeMint, and Rep. Hinchey: Thank you for the
opportunity to submit a statement for the official hearing record,
expressing [name of organization]'s deep concern about the proposed
elimination of the Census Bureau's American Community Survey and the
possible cancellation of the 2012 Economic Census due to insufficient
funding in fiscal year 2013." (Of course, feel free to address one or the
other or both of those specific Census Bureau programs, based on the focus
and work of your organization or institution.)
You may submit all statements electronically to the Office of Rep. Carolyn
Maloney, attn: Elizabeth Darnall, at <Elizabeth.Darnall(a)mail.house.gov>ov>.
Be sure to include a clear subject matter line for Elizabeth: "Statement
for the Hearing Record in Support of the ACS/Economic Census" (or
something similar). You should send statements to Elizabeth no later than
close of business on Monday, June 18. (Sorry for the short notice, but
that's how things work on the Hill!)
Those of you with state and local organizations/institutions should
consider sending a copy of your statement, with a brief cover note/email
of explanation, to your own representatives and senators, to let them know
of your continued concern about and interest in this issue.
Co-Director, The Census Project
Terri Ann Lowenthal | Consultant | TerriAnn2K(a)aol.com
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CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES
JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE
A hearing before the Joint Economic Committee will be held on Tuesday,
June 19, 2012, at 2:30 p.m., in room 210 of the Cannon House Office
WHAT: Hearing on The Economic Impact of Ending or Reducing Funding for the
American Community Survey and other Government Statistics
WHO: Mr. Kenneth Simonson, Chief Economist, The Associated General
Contractors of America and Vice President, National Association for
Economists, Washington, DC
The Honorable Vincent P. Barabba, Former Director of the Census Bureau
(1973-1976; 1979-1981) and Current Chairman, Market Insight Corporation
The Honorable Keith Hall, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at
George Mason University and former Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor
The Honorable Grant D. Aldonas, Principal Managing Director, Split Rock
International, Washington, DC
WHEN: 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2012
WHERE: 210 Cannon House Office Building
Representative Carolyn B. Maloney presiding.
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