LIMERICK PA – Congressmen representing Limerick and adjacent Lower Pottsgrove are among four U.S. House members who have introduced legislation that would make the federal Census Bureau a separate, independent agency rather than a division of the Commerce Department.

Limerick congressman Jim Gerlach (PA 6th Dist.),  Lower Pottsgrove congressman Charlie Dent (PA 15th Dist.), and representatives from New York and Texas are authors of “The Restoring the Integrity of American Statistics Act” (HR 1254), Dent’s office announced in a press release Tuesday (March 4, 2009). The proposed bill is considered a reaction to the Obama Adminisration’s stated desire to assert greater control over the 2010 census.

“The Census is a serious, essential duty required by the Constitution. Its scientific work should transcend even the remote possibility of political pressure or Administrative whims,” Dent said. Data generated by the Census Bureau is used to redraw congressional districts, as well as by federal agencies to allocate funding for government programs.