THE WHITE HOUSE

                       Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release
December 28, 2000

                        STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

     Today, I am pleased to receive from the Department of Commerce the
first data released from Census 2000, our country?s 22nd Decennial Census.
I congratulate Secretary Norman Mineta, Secretary William Daley and Census
Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt for their leadership in Census 2000, the
longest continuous scientific effort in American democracy.  Since 1790,
these data collected during each decennial census help to tell the on-going
story of America, its rich heritage and broad diversity. Most importantly,
I want to thank the American people for their participation in Census 2000.
With their help, the country is better equipped to meet the needs of every
American and the challenges in the 21st century.


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