Lawmakers at work: Thomas Carper & Charlie Dent
According to the National Journal, Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Delaware) is so concerned by the vacancy at the helm of the Census Bureau, he’s stepping in to provide the administration with some nominees. Carper, who chairs the Senate homeland security and governmental affairs federal financial management subcommittee, is asking fellow subcommittee members to come up with two possible nominees for the post. Carper says he’ll pass the names to senior White House staff.
Taking Census restructuring one step further, Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent (R-Pennsylvania) recently authored legislation that, if passed, would call for the U.S. Census to be removed from the Commerce Department and set up as an independent agency.