Helps determine the allocation of over $675 billion annually to the states

This in turn goes back into the community for programs like:

  • Community Support (Section 8 Housing)
  • Family Services (Grants)
  • Education (Headstart)
  • Food Assistance (SNAP)
  • Employment (Unemployment Insurance)
  • Healthcare (Medial Assistance Programs)
  • Infrastructure (Highway Planning)
  • Environment (Parks and Wildlife Grants)
  • Public Safety Assistance (Hospitals and Emergency Response)
  • Helps determine the number of representatives each state has in the House of Representatives
  • Mandated in the Constitution Article 1 Section 2