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FW: [iajgs] (USA) House Votes to Cease Funding for American Community Survey

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  • Max Heffler
    On May 9 the House of Representatives voted an amendment by Representative Daniel Webster (R-FL) to HR 5326 to prohibit the use of funds with respect to the
    Message 1 of 1 , May 10 5:41 PM
      On May 9 the House of Representatives voted an amendment by Representative
      Daniel Webster (R-FL) to HR 5326 to prohibit the use of funds with respect
      to the American Community Survey (ACS), lead the charge to dismantle the ACS
      entirely on the grounds that it's unconstitutional. As reported in Bloomberg
      Business Week, The ACS-which has a long bipartisan history, provides data
      that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds
      are spent annually. Businesses also rely heavily on it to do such things as
      decide where to build new stores, hire new employees, and get valuable
      insights on consumer spending habits. Cutting the funding is part of the
      desire by House Republicans to cut spending. Originally, an amendment by
      Congressman Ted Poe, (TX -R) would have repealed the mandatory requirement
      to complete the survey, to enforce section 221(a) of title 13, United States
      Code, People who refused to complete the survey could be fined up to $5,000

      under Section 221(a) of Title 13 US Code . See: http://tinyurl.com/7l3rr2f
      original url:
      http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-05-10/killing-the-american-communi
      ty-survey-blinds-business

      The American Community Survey is an ongoing statistical survey by the U.S.
      Census Bureau, sent to approximately 250,000 addresses monthly (or 3 million
      per year). It regularly gathers information previously contained only in
      the long form of the decennial census. It is the largest survey other than
      the decennial census that the Census Bureau administers. (from Wikipedia
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Community_Survey). To learn more
      about the American Community Survey go to: http://www.census.gov/acs/www/

      This still has to go to the US Senate for discussion and a vote.

      Thank you to Steve Morse for alerting us to this latest Congressional action
      affecting the American Community Survey.

      Jan Meisels Allen
      janmallen@...
      IAJGS Vice President
      Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee
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