Saturday, July 13, 2024

Senators Introduce Bill to Eliminate DEI Programs in Federal Government

by BIZ Magazine

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A coalition of Republican senators, led by Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and JD Vance (R-OH), introduced the Dismantle DEI Act on June 12, 2024. The bill aims to eliminate all federal diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs and funding across federal agencies, contractors, and organizations that receive federal funding.

The legislation is also supported by Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Eric Schmitt (R-MO), Rick Scott (R-FL), and 16 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Representative Michael Cloud (R-TX-27) introduced the companion legislation in the House.

“DEI institutionalizes discrimination in hiring,” stated Senator Cassidy. “Taxpayers expect the most qualified candidates to be hired, not the most favored.”

Senator Vance echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the perceived divisiveness of DEI programs. “The DEI agenda is a destructive ideology that breeds hatred and racial division. It has no place in our federal government or anywhere else in our society,” Vance said. “This bill would ensure Americans’ tax dollars are not used to spread this radical and divisive ideology.”

The proposed bill seeks to rescind executive orders related to DEI, terminate Chief Diversity Officers, close DEI offices, end DEI and critical race theory trainings, and outlaw mandatory employee DEI pledges. Additionally, it would revoke DEI funding across key federal departments, including Defense, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services. Federal contracts and grants would be restricted from going to entities that employ DEI practices, and educational accreditation agencies would be barred from advancing DEI policies.

Senator Blackburn criticized the Biden administration’s focus on DEI programs, calling them a waste of taxpayer money that contradicts the American ideal of equality. “DEI programs are not only a waste of taxpayer money; they are also contrary to the American ideal of equality,” she said.

Senator Cramer described DEI as a “woke social experiment” that detracts from public service. “DEI doesn’t promote diversity of thought or merit-based employment and promotion. It divides people rather than focusing on our inherent equality as Americans,” he said.

Senators Schmitt and Scott also voiced strong opposition to DEI initiatives. “Divisive DEI rhetoric and programs have no place in our government, and taxpayer dollars shouldn’t be spent on this poisonous ideology,” Schmitt said. Scott added, “Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to foot the bill for federal government agencies to push their woke DEI agenda.”

Representative Cloud highlighted the divisive nature of DEI practices and their misalignment with serving taxpayers effectively. “DEI practices have zero place in our federal government,” Cloud said. “

These initiatives, presented as promoting fairness, have instead fostered division and racial bias within our institutions and culture. This bill is a necessary step to restore merit and equality, not equity, in America’s government institutions and eliminate the DEI bureaucracy that sows division and wastes taxpayer money.”

The Dismantle DEI Act is endorsed by several conservative organizations, including Heritage Action for America, Citizens for Renewing America, and the Claremont Institute’s Center for the American Way of Life.

The proposed legislation comes amid ongoing debates about the role and impact of DEI initiatives in both the public and private sectors. Proponents of DEI argue that such programs are essential for promoting inclusivity and addressing systemic inequalities, while critics contend that they perpetuate division and prioritize identity over merit.

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