A Republican lawmaker in Missouri has proposed to cut funding for the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in an effort to curb a backlog of overdue federal work, and to cut the funding of programs that serve low-income Americans.
In a letter to the Federal Communications Commission and the U, Republican Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the House Budget Committee, said he was proposing to reduce funding for those agencies by $1 billion, including funding for U.N.ICE, the U-NISA, and the Census Bureau.
He wrote that these agencies have been neglected for too long.
Van Hollens proposed that the Census Department’s funding for FY2016 be cut by about $700 million.
He also proposed to eliminate $150 million in grants to the UNAIDS.
Van Hengen said that the UTA would lose nearly $3.5 billion, while the Census would lose $2.5 million.
Van Hollen’s proposed cuts to Census and UNAIDs are among those in a proposal to slash funding for other agencies that have come under criticism by Democrats in Congress for delays in processing and distributing applications for the 2020 census.
The proposal comes at a time when President Donald Trump is under intense pressure to speed up processing of applications for citizenship.
Last month, he proposed to waive some of the work-in-progress deadlines that are set by the government, but only if it can prove that the applications are accurate.
Van-Hengen has been pushing for more work to be done on these backlogs, and some Democratic lawmakers have said that this is too little, too late.
The proposal also proposes cutting $1 million from the UPA’s Workforce Development Program and eliminating $750,000 in grants that provide funding to the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups.
Van Hollens letter was published in the Congressional Record on Thursday.
It was not immediately clear if Van Hollenhans plan was inspired by comments he made in a recent interview with CNN.
VanHengens spokesman, Aaron Williams, said that Van Hollenos “does not have a position on the merits of any proposed budget cuts to the Census, nor do we have any indication that he is seeking a cut in the census’s budget.”