Factsheet | March 29, 2019

An Accurate Census Helps Strengthen Our National Security

Effective allocation of federal dollars helps bolster national security, community safety, and the well-being of children

Every ten years, the federal government attempts to count all people residing in the United States in what is often called the “largest peacetime mobilization.” Over $800 billion annually in federal funding — including money spent on programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Head Start, and Early Head Start — relies upon census data; thus, its accuracy is critical.

Strengthening our national security requires that we invest in health and education initiatives that prepare our youth to succeed in the military or in any career they choose. To ensure the effective allocation of federal dollars for the constituencies that need it most, we most focus on adequately funding the 2020 census.


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