“This American Community Survey is an inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars. It is the very picture of what’s wrong in D.C.” (158 Cong. Rec. H2508 (daily ed. May 9, 2012) (statement of Rep. Webster).)
On May 10, the House of Representatives voted in favor of an amendment offered by Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fl.-8) to eliminate funding for the American Community Survey (ACS), an ongoing survey that provides key demographic, social, economic, and housing information to policymakers, business and community leaders, and researchers. The amendment was approved as part of the Fiscal Year 2013 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 5326), which includes funding for the Census Bureau.
By eliminating funding for the ACS as well as the 2012 Economic Census, the House compels the Census Bureau to end these key research products. As Census Director Robert M. Groves said in a video posted on his blog, “Eliminating them [the ACS and 2012 Economic Census] halts all the progress to build 21st century statistical tools through those innovations. This bill thus devastates the nation’s statistical information about the status of the economy and the larger society.”
We need you to speak up now about the need to fund these important research tools. A Senate vote on the Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill is expected soon, so please take action now!