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House Republicans embrace far-Left Democrat agenda of ‘diversity and inclusion’



Here is fresh confirmation that the two parties in Washington are just two factions of the same party, with the same vision and same agenda, and the safety and well-being of Americans is not among their priorities.

“Woke Agenda Survives: These House Republicans Are Sticking With ‘Diversity and Inclusion,’” by Joseph Simonson, Washington Free Beacon, January 20, 2023:

Democrats may have lost control of the House of Representatives, but it appears Republicans are embracing their legacy of so-called diversity and inclusion.

Republican congressman Patrick McHenry (N.C.), now the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, announced earlier this month that there would be six subcommittees—and all of them will count advancing “diversity and inclusion” as one of their top priorities, according to the committee’s announcement.

The Subcommittee on Capital Markets, led by Republican Ann Wagner of Missouri, for example, will identify “best practices and policies that continue to strengthen diversity and inclusion in the capital markets industry.” And the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, led by Republican Bill Huizenga of Michigan, is tasked with making sure there is “agency and programmatic commitment to diversity and inclusion policies.” No other specific oversight focuses were listed.

Diversity and inclusion, two members of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion triumvirate now commonly referred to as DEI, have become an obsession for Democrats and left-wing activists in recent years. Republicans won a narrow majority in the midterm elections at least in part due to promises that they would end the Democrats’ DEI craze. It was a common barb from the Republican National Committee, for example, that “Democrats prioritize wokeness over solving real problems.”

McHenry, a close ally of Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.), was tapped to chair the influential committee in December. His initial announcement of committee priorities under his leadership included conducting “aggressive oversight” of the Biden administration, putting Americans back in control of their financial data, and regulating the crypto market. In a statement to the Washington Free Beacon, McHenry said the committee’s Republican leadership would “refocus the committee on the kitchen table issues that matter to American families.”

“For four years, Democrats wasted the valuable and limited time and resources of our committee to push burdensome mandates on American job creators,” McHenry said. “Democrats’ goal was to name and shame companies until they parroted their woke social agenda.”

The statement made no mention of diversity and inclusion.

Although one of McHenry’s first acts as chairman was to dissolve the Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion established by his predecessor Rep. Maxine Waters (D., Calif.), the task set out by that subcommittee now appears to have bled into the entire committee’s work. Each of those subcommittees, all led by Republicans, includes the term “diversity and inclusion” in the brief description of its jurisdiction….