Sen. Carper On House Census Bill
WASHINGTON – Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), who chairs the Senate subcommittee that oversees the 2010 Census, the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security, issued the following statement in response to House legislation introduced today that would separate the Census Bureau from the Department of Commerce:
“I commend Congresswoman Carol Maloney for her leadership in introducing legislation at this critical time, with our nation’s 2010 Census less than 13 months away. The Census Bureau is the largest agency in the federal system and must be prepared to carry out our constitutional mandate to survey the nation’s population every 10 years.
“I’ve held oversight hearings over the past year showing how the Census Bureau faces real organizational and operational challenges that threatened to undermine the success of the upcoming census.
“My Senate subcommittee is reviewing this new House bill and I have called a hearing this Thursday, March 5, to again examine ways to improve the 2010 Census, making it as efficient and effective as possible. I look forward to working with Congresswoman Maloney to ensure that our nation’s upcoming census remains on the right track.”