Nancy Pelosi recently revealed a plan to continue its 2010 effort to establish a House diversity office to help “recruit and retain employees from different backgrounds to Capitol Hill.”  The initial plan for the program languished “after Republicans took control of the House. Democrats still run a similar program within their own caucus.”

In a letter released by Pelosi, the former (and potentially future) Speaker of the House told her colleagues that “Democrats “take great pride” in having a House majority that she says will be more than 60 percent women, minorities and LGBTQ representatives.”

Whether this is a long term goal or an act Pelosi is doing to shore up support for her bid to win House speaker is uncertain, but regardless this move could benefit both Democrats and Republicans alike.  The issue has been pushed for years by “the Congressional Black Caucus and other Democrats and that reflects the results of the midterm election that swept more female and minority representatives into office.”

The House Diversity Office would be a permanent office and be staffed with sufficient support “to help recruit and retain diverse employees to work in Congress. The office would be led by human resource and diversity professionals and would partner with outside institutions to attract talent and provide training to help existing employees advance their careers.”

The new office would most likely fall under the head of the Rules Committee who is Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts.  Rep McGovern “has proposed the initiative as part of the package of rules for the chamber that will be voted on during the opening day of the new Congress in January.”

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