2020 Census Funding Crucial Step to a Fair and Accurate Count

Census News 11.21.19

Contact: LaGloria Wheatfall, [email protected], 202.548.7160

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference Education Fund, issued the following statement on the census funding included in the Continuing Resolution (CR):

“The House and Senate have rightly recognized the importance of a fair and accurate census. Now, the Census Bureau must use its resources to ensure that outcome by deploying activities to reach hard-to-count communities, taking steps to boost the number of qualified applicants, and implementing a robust communications plan and cybersecurity measures. But the clock is ticking, and Congress must pass a full-year appropriation before the Continuing Resolution expires on December 20. The census is unique; there is no room in the schedule to delay final preparations or the launch of peak operations. A lack of timely funding would harm the count. Through our Census Counts campaign, and alongside our allies, we will stay focused on making sure everyone is counted so that all of our country’s communities get the representation and resources they deserve.”

The Leadership Conference Education Fund builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. The Education Fund’s campaigns empower and mobilize advocates around the country to push for progressive change in the United States. It was founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. For more information on The Education Fund, visit civilrights.org/edfund/.

More information about The Education Fund’s Census Counts campaign is available at censuscounts.org.