Menendez Statement On Census Director Vote

Menendez Statement On Census Director Vote

Washington - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez today released the following statement on the Senate's procedural vote to allow Census Bureau Nominee Dr. Robert Groves to proceed to final confirmation, which passed 76-15:
"Gearing up for massive 2010 Census effort has been impaired by years of inattention and politically-motivated delays on the part of Republicans. With Dr. Groves finally on the road to confirmation, we can be more confident that the Bureau will accelerate its preparations and overcome the many challenges that might impact an accurate count next year.
"Ensuring a full and accurate census count next year is about more than numbers. It is about ensuring that the federal government can best make a positive difference in the lives of the people it serves. An accurate Census means that people are fully represented in the Halls of Congress and that the more than $300 billion in government spending each year is invested in ways that will improve the lives of as many families as possible. The Census shapes business and government decisions with enormous economic and social impacts."
"For traditionally undercounted populations, there's even more at stake. Their ability to access key resources and benefits that have a direct impact on their social and economic prospects is directly contingent on an accurate Census. I am confident in Mr. Groves's capacity to lead these efforts swiftly and efficiently, and I look forward to working with him and President Obama to ensure an accurate count in 2010."
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