The US Senate has approved an amendment to ensure that military personnel will be represented in the Census. The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act was introduced by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, and was approved by unanimous consent.
Amendment 3119 is intended to create a logical and consistent method for counting service members who are deployed overseas. Senator Paul says, in the past, the deployed service member has not been counted at the last duty station where he or she served.
The lawmaker from Bowling Green says his amendment will help to ensure that the “appropriate representation and resources” will be provided to the communities of service members in Kentucky and across the nation.
Senator Paul’s office says the amendment will not impact a service member’s tax, residence or voting status. It will only affect counting for census purposes.