Congress approved a measure Friday that limits the use of the word "census" on direct mailings that are not from the federal government
The ruling was in response to mailings from a couple of Republican organizations that were criticized for confusing individuals waiting for this year's census forms to arrive, a Washington Post blogger reported.
The mailings that were sent out before the vote were deemed legal by the Postal Service because they did not use the words "United States Census" or "Census Bureau", according to the AP.
The Census Bureau fears that confusing mailings from third parties will result in a lower census response rate, the AP said.
The bill requires that all mailings with the word "census" must contain a disclaimer stating that it is unrelated to the government, according to the AP.