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As two of our elected leaders waste time and money to create untested census questions about immigration, the 2020 census remains underfunded. If this isn't done right, the people of Montana will be left out of vital federal funding and new business. I am calling on Sen. Steve Daines and Congressman Greg Gianforte to get focused and deliver a fully funded 2020 Census for all Montanans.

Census information is used by the government and businesses to make all kinds of decisions. Farm subsidy programs will be underfunded if the count is wrong. Internet companies deciding where to roll out new 5G technology will rely on census numbers. The census count impacts all of us.

To not get left behind, rural and hard-to-count areas need Congress to fully fund the 2020 census. Our senior Sen. Jon Tester and Gov. Steve Bullock support fully funding the 2020 census without adding in expensive untested questions. These leaders have the experience to know that an underfunded census can hurt Montanans for years.

Let’s make this census count. I'm urging Sen. Steve Daines to follow the example of Tester and Bullock. Fully fund the upcoming census and reject wasteful untested questions.

Tom Cherry


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