Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Census and Population

by Peter A. Morrison

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This paper presents a slightly revised version of the author's invited testimony before the Subcommittee on Census and Population, U.S. House of Representatives, May 26, 1992. It focuses on subgroups within the population that have become more conspicuous and urgent--ethnic and racial subgroups, the nation's children, and the elderly. The author reviews three broad developments that are worthy of both national and local attention: (1) the population's ethnic and racial diversity, fueled by immigration, is now more apparent, and will require our political institutions and our schools to accommodate a culturally more diverse future; (2) the United States remains a rich nation with poor children who are concentrated in families headed by women; and (3) the aging of the population, which will come to a peak nationwide in two decades, is already materializing in certain communities. The author cautions that these three issues are long term and enduring in their importance; they will confront society with new needs on a massive scale and create constituencies for new legislation.

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