The full Senate is preparing to vote on the U.S. Census Bureau’s FY 2015 budget, which includes funding levels for both 2020 Census planning and the administration of the annual American Community Survey (ACS). In late May the full House approved a funding measure that would make participation in the ACS voluntary, reducing the reliability of the survey and likely making it more expensive because increased effort would need to be made to ensure a representative sample.
NMHC/NAA, along with a broad coalition, sent a letter to the Senate urging full funding and support for continuing to make responses to the ACS mandatory. A vote in the Senate is not expected until after the Fourth of July recess. However, once the Senate has completed their work they will need to set a conference with the House to work out the final details.
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