Rep. Michael Cloud Sponsors ‘Dismantle DEI Act of 2024’ in U.S. House

Jun 13, 2024

Rep. Michael Cloud Sponsors ‘Dismantle DEI Act of 2024’ in U.S. House

The Texan

Cameron Abrams | June 13, 2024

Legislators have introduced a bill to pull back the DEI initiatives that have become more common in the federal government.

A group of federal lawmakers have introduced legislation aimed at prohibiting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices in the federal government and banning DEI statements in training programs by federal contractors.

The “Dismantle DEI Act of 2024” is being led by Congressman Michael Cloud (TX-27) and Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH), along with 20 other members of Congress.

“DEI practices have zero place in our federal government,” said Cloud. “These initiatives, presented as promoting fairness, have instead fostered division and racial bias within our institutions and culture — which is not conducive to serving taxpayers well.”

Cloud added in his statement that “this bill is a necessary step to restore merit and equality, not equity, in America’s government institutions, and eliminate the DEI bureaucracy that sows division and wastes taxpayer money.”

“It’s absurd to fund these divisive policies, especially using Americans’ tax dollars, and it’s time for Congress to put an end to them once and for all. I want to thank my friend Senator Vance for his work on this issue and look forward to taking our message to the American people — a message that offers opportunity to ALL Americans rather than a select few.”

In December last year, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX-2) introduced legislation that would prohibit  “ideological oaths and similar statements” on college campuses.

“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,” Vance said of the new legislation.

“I’m proud to introduce this legislation, which would root out DEI from our federal bureaucracy by eliminating such programs and stripping funding for DEI policies anywhere it exists. Americans’ tax dollars should not be co-opted to spread this radical and divisive ideology — this bill would ensure they are not.”

In 2021, Biden signed an executive order stating “that diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility are priorities for my Administration and benefit the entire Federal Government and the Nation, and establish additional procedures to advance these priorities across the Federal workforce.”

Since then, millions of dollars have been allocated by the federal government for DEI programs at the State Department as well as the Office of Personnel Management’s Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility, which would be terminated as part of the Dismantle DEI Act of 2024.

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