Republican Rep. Jim Banks (IN) successfully helped extinguish an amendment to the defense bill on Wednesday that would have asked defense contractors with government contracts of more than $150,000 to create annual reports on the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of their board of directors. The amendment, suggested by Democrat Rep. Anthony Brown (MD), would have further asked defense contractors to include in those reports their plans for racial, ethnic, and gender diversity on its board and a summary of participation in diversity programs. [tweet_embed] June 25, 2022[/tweet_embed] Banks and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) claimed the amendment — suggested by Democrat Rep. Anthony Brown (MD) — would not just waste time and money, yet also politicize the Pentagon and do nothing to make the United States more lethal. “I oppose the Brown amendment and I’m very disappointed by this attempt to politicize a bill that’s meant to help our men and women in uniform,” Banks, a Navy reservist and chairman of the Republican Study Committee, announced. He further claimed the amendment would have asked basically “every single small defense contractor in the country” to submit that information. “It is time consuming and expensive. And the information being solicited by this amendment is mostly available on these companies’ websites anyway,” he stated. “But more importantly – can anyone explain how pronoun training will make our defense industry more cost-effective and more lethal? Of course not. No one can explain that. But we do know it will waste company time,” he continued. [tweet_embed] June 25, 2022[/tweet_embed] Banks further claimed the amendment would have made conservatives and Americans with no political agenda to be less likely to seek employment at those defense companies.: "Can anyone explain how the number of White, Black, Hispanic or Asian Board Members is supposed to affect the quality of a contractor’s product? Can anyone tell me how the Department will use this information to improve acquisition outcomes? I challenge anyone in this room to tell me what they consider the ideal racial makeup of a contractors Board of Directors that would allow them to best contribute to our National Defense. No one would dare answer that question because it’s ridiculous and offensive." Banks has been a leading fighter against the spread of wokeness in the military by its leadership and particularly the Navy, where he led a push to get books on Critical Race Theory off the chief of naval operation’s recommended reading list for all sailors. [tweet_embed] June 25, 2022[/tweet_embed] Banks slammed Democrats for making efforts to strip the military of its “apolitical nature.” He stated: "The Navy put an extremist Critical Race Theory manifesto on its official reading list. Meanwhile, there was a DoD stand down to combat ‘extremism.’ There were no religious or viewpoint exemptions to the vaccine mandate. Is there any evidence that wokeness has increased our overall military readiness? There is none."