Amendment Time: CJS Appropriations Legislation Faces Census-Related Amendments on House Floor

Appropriations legislation (H.R. 3055), including funding for the Census Bureau, will be considered on the floor of the House of Representatives starting as soon as today. Several of the amendments made in order by the House Rules Committee to Division A of the bill (CJS) may be of interest to Census Project stakeholders and may be offered during debate.

  • Amendment #149 from Rep. Steve King (R-IA) would strip section 534, a provision of the CJS bill that would prohibit questions on the 2020 Census that were not part of the 2018 End-to-End Census Test. The language in section 534 was intended to prohibit the citizenship question on the 2020 Census.
  • Amendment #86 from Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) and Gil Cisneros (D-CA) would prohibit spending any funds on activities that would violate the Census Bureau’s confidentiality policies.
  • Amendment #71 by Reps. Jason Crow (D-CO) and Veronica Escobar (D-TX) would require the Census Bureau to follow existing law that prohibits sharing of data or information it collects with any department or agency, especially data gathered through data sharing agreements, and penalizes disclosure of such information.

The Census Project takes no position on these amendments.