The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently went to bat for funding for the Census Bureau. As part of a letter in support of various provisions in the CJS Appropriations legislation, arguing in support of the Biden Administration’s request:
“This legislation includes $1.49 billion for the Census Bureau to ensure that 2020 decennial census products are made available and American Community Survey (ACS) programs can move forward. The 2020 decennial census was successful because of the uninterrupted funding and commitment from government leaders in the face of the pandemic. Unreliable census data would have harmful effects on businesses and the American economy. Businesses planning on growing and expanding into new markets would be faced with making decisions on where to invest based on poor data.“
On July 15, 2021, the House Appropriations Committee approved legislation funding the Census Bureau.
- U.S. Chamber Letter on FY22 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations. July 14, 2021. https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/210714_fy22_cjs_houseapprops.pdf