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Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Representing the 3rd District of Ohio

Chair Beatty Digs In, Demands Answers and Seeks Accountability on Trump Anti-Diversity Training Directive

Sep 21, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-03), Chair of the House Financial Services Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee, wrote a letter to the White House and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Russell Vought strongly opposing the Trump Administration’s efforts to curtail diversity and inclusion training programs at Executive Branch agencies.

In a September 4th letter, Vought gave notice to all federal agencies that the Trump Administration was moving forward with a proposal to terminate workforce diversity training. Vought labeled such trainings “divisive, anti-American propaganda” and noted that “these types of ‘trainings’ not only run counter to the fundamental beliefs for which our Nation has stood for since its inception, but they also engender division and resentment within the Federal workforce.”

However, four days later, during a Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee hearing, 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 fostering greater inclusivity, mutual respect and acceptance of all employees in the federal workforce. Moreover, all the OMWI directors indicated that the assertions made in the OMB letter did not reflect their agency’s training efforts.

The Trump Administration should be a force for fostering respect, acceptance, and inclusion at federal agencies, rather than perpetuating divisiveness and baseless rhetoric,” Beatty’s letter reads in part. “As the Chairwoman of the House Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, my colleagues and I are determined to ensure the OMWIs and their respective agencies achieve both the letter and spirit of the law. To that end, we will hold the appointed leaders of the covered agencies accountable for their respective agency’s performance on compliance with Section 342.

A copy of the full letter can be viewed on Beatty’s website.