As of the first week of December, leaders on the House and Senate Appropriations Committees have been unable to reach an agreement to fund the federal government beyond December 16 when the current continuing resolution (CR) expires. The ongoing stalemate suggests that a year-long CR, which would hold most agencies at last year’s spending levels through the rest of Fiscal Year 2023, is a strong possibility.
In light of this threat, on December 6, the White House released a list of funding anomalies that would be needed if Congress resorts to passing a year-long CR. The extensive list includes a request allowing the U.S. Census Bureau to spend $19 million above the agency’s FY 2022 spending level to support “periodic censuses, including the Economic Census and the Census of Governments, which are both on five‐year cycles.”
Congress will have to approve any spending anomalies attached to a year-long CR. There is still hope that Congress will agree upon a FY 2023 spending package. The Census Project has expressed its support for ensuring the Census Bureau receives no less than the $1.5 billion in FY 2023, which is the funding level that the House Appropriations Committee recommended the Bureau receive in its version of the FY 2023 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill.