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71 legislators sign on to save SIPP

Last month, FGI blogged about the SIPP program budget problem. Thanks to the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) and the action of many in our community, there is positive movement afoot. According to an email received from CEPR, “On Friday, 29 U.S. Senators and 42 Members of Congress sent a letter to President Bush asking him to reverse the administration’s decision to eliminate the SIPP (see PDF of the letter). The “Save SIPP” sign on letter is approaching 500 names! If your representative is on either the House or Senate Appropriations Subcommittees, please consider calling them up and letting them know that the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) as well as the other work that the Census bureau does is extremely important to librarians, researchers, students and citizens. CEPR has created a handy call-in guide with talking points. Please keep the momentum going!

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