Rep. Jim Banks Helps Kill Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Amendment to Defense Bill

Rep. Jim Banks Helps Kill Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Amendment to Defense Bill


Republican Rep. Jim Banks (IN) successfully helped kill an amendment to a defense bill on Wednesday that would have required defense contractors with government contracts over $150,000 to create annual reports on the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of their board of directors.

The amendment, proposed by Democrat Rep. Anthony Brown (MD), would have also required defense contractors to include in those reports their plans for racial, ethnic, and gender diversity on its board and a summary of participation in diversity programs.

Banks and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) argued the amendment — proposed by Democrat Rep. Anthony Brown (MD) — would not only waste time and money, but further politicize the Pentagon and do nothing to make the United States more lethal.

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