Summary

4/18/2013--Introduced. Census Reform Act of 2013 - Repeals various census programs of the Department of Commerce, including: (1) the collection and publication of agricultural statistics; (2) the census... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Apr 18, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To repeal the authority to conduct certain censuses, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Census Reform Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. REPEAL AND CANCELLATION OF CERTAIN CENSUS ACTIVITIES UNDER TITLE 13, UNITED STATES CODE.

(a) Repeal of Census Relating to Agriculture.--Chapter 3 of title 13, United States Code, is repealed. (b) Repeal of Economic Census.--Subchapter I of chapter 5 of such title is repealed. (c) Repeal of Mid-Decade Census.--Section 141 of such title is amended-- (1) by striking subsection (d); (2) by striking subsection (e) and inserting the following: ``(e) If in the administration of any program established by or under Federal law which provides benefits to State or local governments or to other recipients, eligibility for or the amount of such benefits would (without regard to this subsection) be determined by taking into account data obtained in the most recent decennial census then in the determination of such eligibility or amount of benefits the most recent data available from either the mid-decade or decennial census shall be used.''; and (3) in subsection (f), by striking ``and mid-decade'' and ``or (d)''. (d) Repeal of Census of Governments.--Subchapter III of chapter 5 of title 13, United States Code, is repealed. (e) Effect on Census Activities.--Beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce and the Bureau of...

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Users Supporting

I support H.R. 1638: Census Reform Act of 2013 because I am currently being stalked and harassed by the Census department. I am absolutely opposed to their right to the highly personal information they seek to obtain under threat of penalty. I believe the American Community Survey is unconstitutional. It is also and enormous waste of money.

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KS
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John316
KS-3
1 year ago

I support H.R. 1638: Census Reform Act of 2013 because I think most of the data surveys and statistics created by the Census bureau are unnecessary and unhelpful. My support for this bill does not extend to anything covered by “other purposes”.

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TX
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TPC23
TX-26
1 year ago

I am not certain I support H.R. 1638: Census Reform Act of 2013 however I believe the census should be changed because the ethnic, racial classifications do not make sense and are used to set policy and distribute tax revenues. For example, what is an Asian? Do Indians and Japanese share much with commonality socially speaking over someone from Papua New Guinea? What is a Hispanic? Do modern Mexicans, Surinamese and French Guianans share much culturally? If so why not include Spaniards? How much African ancestry is required to be considered African American vs Caucasian, Asian, etc. Are people descended from "white south Africans" African American? This is comparing apples with oranges. Why are not disabled considered a "minority" as their unemployment rates is one of the highest with high medical costs, lower quality of life, etc. Wouldn't it be more effective to simply ask whether one is a US citizen or not and then depend on objective socioeconomic classification to target needed aid to means tested populations. The British government recently expanded theirs. This would help eliminate racial discrimination by changing to focus to getting help where the need exists.

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thinkingaboutit
PA-12
1 year ago

I support H.R. 1638: Census Reform Act of 2013 because I am a student of history, specifically US history. The founding fathers would NEVER condone such an intrusive federal government. Please READ the ENTIRE Federalist Papers and then try to explain how the "American Community Survery" or any similar data collection would have been entertained. Don't think that times are different and with the age of computers and questionaires that the old rules don't matter any more. The rules matter EVEN MORE today, than ever before! With the current technologies available there are more ways for any government or business or individual to usurp the Will of the People for personal gain. We MUST NOT give anyone the tools for such usurpation of power and this ACS is just one such tool. PLEASE work diligently pass HR1638 as soon as possible! Thank you for your time and help with this very important matter. Sincerely, Eric R Newcomb Sr. 8101 POA Drive Eugene, MO 65032

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ERNSr1959
MO-3
1 year ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 1638: Census Reform Act of 2013 because we need data. Without data, how are we to understand what works and what doesn't. Don't cut this program. We can not rely on bias reporting to inform the public. We need this to continue to be funded!

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QDax329
NY-13
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 1638: Census Reform Act of 2013 because... I will be giving a presentation to the Utah Society of Professional Engineers on the status of engineering in the county, primarilly using data provided by the BEA, BLS, NSF and census. Without this data, we are left with guesses alone. Science is based on empirical evidence, and policy should also rely on empirical evidence rather than some a priori belief system.

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donahoe
UT-2
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 1638: Census Reform Act of 2013 because we need information on employment and GDP to track how well the economy is actually doing. This appears to be an attempt to hide information that politicians do not want voters to know about which is a step in the wrong direction. I want more information about the effects of government programs, not less. More transparency helps voters determine if their elected officials are doing a good job. Oppose this bill as a vote for it tells me that you do not want the voters to know how well government is doing and therefore that you oppose and open and transparent government.

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FL
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bitogre
FL-21
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 1638: Census Reform Act of 2013 because my job depends on the data that the Census Bureau collects. I oppose this bill because I believe that the more we know, the better decisions we can make. I oppose this bill because I think promoting ignorance as a political strategy is deplorable.

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FL
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luxliquidus
FL-16
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 1638: Census Reform Act of 2013 because the ACS and other surveys are the main means that Congress, and through them the American people, have of seeing how America is changing from year to year. Without it, we are made blind as to what is happening in the country, and thereby weakened in our ability to react appropriately. We have seen similar mistakes made in countries such as Canada and Argentina where statistical integrity was sacrificed for political expedience, and should not repeat their errors.

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tag1555
MD-5
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 1638: Census Reform Act of 2013 because...the Census in its current level of depth and detail financially benefits private sector firms and organizations who would otherwise have to incur the costs of gathering data. The Census in each existing form and period provides a wealth of information and reduces time spent analyzing information that helps firms make informed investment decisions.

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TX
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ShaunTooley
TX-32
1 year ago

Bill Summary


4/18/2013--Introduced.
Census Reform Act of 2013 - Repeals various census programs of the Department of Commerce, including: (1) the collection and publication of agricultural statistics; (2) the census of manufactures, mineral industries, and other businesses; (3) the mid-decade census, and (4) the census of governments. Repeals the authority of the Secretary of Commerce to conduct any surveys, sampling, or questionnaires other than those necessary to conduct the decennial census of population. Repeals the Census of Agriculture Act of 1997. Prohibits the Secretary of Agriculture from carrying out any activities required to be conducted in 2013 under such Act.

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