Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01)
October 15, 2020
VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK – Today, following a recent Supreme Court ruling allowing the administration to end 2020 Census operations today, despite risk of undercount due to COVID-19 complications, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) released the following statement:
“This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated 2020 Census operations greatly, exacerbating existing barriers Arizonans in rural and tribal communities face to responding to the census, and putting these communities in danger of being undercounted or even uncounted,” said O’Halleran. “An inaccurate census count will create lasting consequences for our most vulnerable communities over the next ten years, leaving underserved communities without adequate federal funding for health care infrastructure, schools, roads, and more.”
According to Census data, a mere 1% undercount in Arizona’s First Congressional District would result in the loss of $6.3 million in federal funding for Medicaid, CHIP, and other health programs, and $432,000 in federal funding for education for low-income students– the equivalent of a full year of textbooks for 1,725 students.
This summer, O’Halleran joined a group of over 80 colleagues on a letter to Congressional leadership calling for the extension of 2020 Census deadlines, as well as supplemental funding. Last month, O’Halleran sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross requesting answers about the decision to cut 2020 Census enumeration efforts short, risking the undercount of entire communities.
Read O’Halleran’s op-ed on the importance of the 2020 Census for rural and tribal communities HERE and watch O’Halleran speak on the importance of the census for Arizona’s First Congressional District, HERE.
Arizonans can respond to the census HERE.