Haaland Calls For Census Deadline Extension After Census Bureau Announces Temporary Suspension of Field Operations

March 18, 2020
Press Release

Albuquerque, N.M. -- Today, Congresswoman Deb Haaland (NM-01), a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, called for a 2020 Census deadline extension after the Census Bureau announced it would suspend field operations until April 1, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Census is vitally important to make sure New Mexico receives its fair share of resources for health care, schools, and infrastructure. Though the Census Bureau announced it will be temporarily suspending in-person outreach to keep everyone safe, everyone should know that this does not affect your ability to respond over the phone or online. By responding now, you will ensure that the Census Bureau does not need to send a census worker to your door.  As part of the Oversight Committee, we’ll be monitoring this change and I’m calling on the Census Bureau to extend the Census deadline so that all our communities can be counted,” said Congresswoman Deb Haaland. 

Haaland is committed to ensuring every community has a voice and that all families in New Mexico have the opportunity to thrive. Starting in January, Haaland included information on Census jobs in Mobile Office Hours and town hall events. In addition, she and the delegation met with the U.S. Census Bureau Director in New Mexico to discuss outreach plans. In February, Haaland examined outreach practices in a House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing with experts, and later in the month followed up on those findings during and hearing with the U.S. Census Director.