Biden Backs Beatty Effort to Terminate Trump’s Executive Order
WASHINGTON, D.C.—On the very first day of the Biden-Harris Administration, President Joe Biden signed an Executive Order – Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government, directing the “Federal Government to pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.” The Executive Order also rescinds the previous administration’s Executive Order 13950, precluding diversity and inclusion training programs across the entire federal service. Biden’s action comes on the heels of a months-long fight by U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Chair of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, to overturn Trump’s draconian move. Responding to the major announcement, Beatty said:
“For four long years, Trump worked overtime to divide us as a nation—even going so far as to attempt to cement racism as the practice and policy of the federal government—but those days are now behind us. Like me, President Biden recognizes that diversity and inclusion foster mutual understanding and respect in the workforce, boost a company’s bottom line, make our economy strong, and build brighter futures for everyone. That is why I look forward to continuing to work with the Biden-Harris Administration, congressional leadership, and my Subcommittee colleagues to advance similar policies, practices, and collaborations that fully embrace the transformational powers of diversity and inclusion.”
Of note, Beatty introduced a bill (H.R. 8595) last Congress to invalidate Executive Order 13950 and preserve diversity and inclusion training programs at federal departments and agencies as well as in the private sector. Beatty also sent a letter to President Biden and lead transition team officials calling on swift action to rescind Executive Order 13950. In addition, she wrote a letter to the Trump Administration expressing her opposition. Further, during a Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee hearing convened by Chair Beatty in early September, the Offices of Minority Women and Inclusion (OMWIs) directors testified that diversity and inclusion training programs at their respective financial regulatory agencies are a critical tool for promoting greater inclusivity, mutual respect, and acceptance of all employees in the federal workforce.
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