Maria Meier was recently hired by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to lead Senate Democrats diversity hiring initiative.
Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), ranking member on the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, attempted, so far unsuccessfully, to insert language into the subcommittee’s funding bill expressing support for the diversity initiative.
Still, failing to entrench the program before giving up power, Democratic staffers said they are cautiously skeptical that Republicans will take up the mantle.
“I’m not entirely convinced that it’s dead. I just don’t know to what degree it’s going to be embraced by Republican leadership,” an African-American House staffer said.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.