Republicans Take BRAZEN Step: The Bill That Could End DEI Practices

By Tommy Wilson | Thursday, 13 June 2024 12:00 PM
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In a move that underscores the conservative emphasis on individual merit and equal treatment under the law, Republican lawmakers have proposed legislation that seeks to prohibit Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practices within the federal government and its contractors.

The bill, known as the Dismantle DEI Act, was put forth by Sen. J.D. Vance (R., Ohio) and Rep. Michael Cloud (R., Texas), and aims to halt federal grants from supporting DEI initiatives, a significant source of funding for such programs in scientific and medical fields.

According to RedState, the proposed legislation also includes provisions to prevent accreditation agencies from mandating DEI in educational institutions and to bar national securities associations, such as NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange, from implementing diversity requirements for corporate boards.

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Sen. Vance, a vocal critic of DEI practices, stated, "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." His sentiments echo the conservative viewpoint that such programs may infringe upon the principle of equal treatment under the law, by encouraging preferential hiring practices based on specific, non-job-related characteristics of applicants.

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Critics of DEI argue that these practices could potentially jeopardize national security when implemented in institutions like the military services. They contend that the focus of such institutions should be on their core functions, rather than on diversity training.

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Federal agencies, ranging from NASA and the National Science Foundation to the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S Army, currently require some form of diversity training. These mandatory workshops have covered topics such as "cultural inclusion," "male pregnancy," and the "roots of white male culture," which, according to a training for Sandia National Laboratories, include a "can-do attitude" and "hard work."

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Critics question the relevance and utility of such training, particularly for military commanders and nuclear engineers, whose roles are critical to national security. They argue that the focus should be on the skills and attitudes necessary for the job, regardless of the individual's racial or gender identity.

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While the Dismantle DEI Act is unlikely to progress under the current Democrat-led Senate and White House, proponents believe it is a necessary step in challenging the DEI practices. They view it as a platform to highlight the potential national security risks associated with applying DEI principles to critical areas such as military promotions.

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Despite the current political landscape, proponents of the bill remain hopeful, viewing it as a tool to frame DEI as a wasteful expenditure and to underscore the importance of individual merit and equal treatment under the law. They believe that the tide is turning against DEI practices, and that a return to sanity is on the horizon.

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