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Senate Democrats Rush to ‘Correct’ Their ‘Overwhelmingly White Payroll’

Back in January, one of the most recognizable faces of the Democrat Party, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), was accused of having a diversity problem.

Specifically, one New York Democrat insider said that the hiring practices of Schumer, as well as his entire party, “exposes us as hypocrites” in terms of a lack of diversity.

While some efforts have been made since then, Politico reports that one Democrat, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), believes that her party hasn’t gone nearly far enough to address “Senate Democrats’ overwhelmingly white payroll.”

Cortez Masto, who made history as the first Latina member of the Senate, told Politico’s Women Rule podcast that the chamber’s lack of diversity was one of the easiest things to notice after she was elected in 2016:

“You just have to walk in the room and look at the senators that are there — the 100 senators, right? You could see the lack of diversity.”

It’s an issue that reportedly extends to Democrat senators’ top staffers as well, despite the fact that the group has “yet to formally agree to publish caucus-wide staff diversity statistics.”

That lack of diversity is why Cortez Masto has decided to release the demographics of her own staff to the public, the exact idea behind the new Senate Democratic Diversity Initiative.

In laying out specific rules, the goal of the initiative is to boost diversity among new Democrat hires, as Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) explained:

“The Senate Democrats want to make sure that we have staff in leadership positions that reflect the diversity of views and experiences across the United States.

This is an area in which we have failed so far and this is the first and more formal step to doing better. Now we have to execute it.”

Interestingly enough, it turns out that Republicans are actually deserving of praise on this same point — despite the fact that the GOP is often labeled the “old white man’s party”:

Both Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) have chiefs of staff that are African-American, while House Speaker Paul Ryan’s chief of staff, Jonathan Burks, is “arguably the highest-ranking African-American staffer in Congress.”

According to one Senate Democrat’s ex-staffer, it’s something that can’t be ignored – regardless of the labels often at the GOP.

As this ex-staffer noted, “For all the crap Democrats give Republicans on this, they’re playing with a much smaller pool of people they can hire and are actually doing a better job of filling the very top positions with people of color.”