Congressional Tri-Caucus Statement on House Democratic Diversity Initiative

Jun 15, 2017 Issues: Other Issues

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced the House Democratic Diversity Initiative, which will focus on increasing workforce diversity across staff in House Democratic offices. The Chairs of the Congressional Tri-Caucus – which is composed of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus – released the following statement:

“We commend Democratic Leadership for acknowledging the shortcomings of our caucus and the Congress. We also commend the minority staff associations for calling our leadership’s attention to this issue. They offered a number of strong proposals that the Tri-Caucus will continue to engage leadership on.

“America’s diversity is one of our greatest strengths. For the U.S. House to fully represent the needs of all Americans, the voices of all Americans must be represented in Congress – not just as Members, but also across the staff of our congressional offices. If Democratic Leadership wants to be successful in achieving this goal, the initiative announced yesterday must include data collection and robust funding.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.