On Thursday, the House Education and the Workforce Committee passed
Congressman Bob Good’s (VA-05) bill, H.R.5338, the No Discrimination in My Benefits Act, by a vote of 23 to 19. This legislation ensures that fiduciaries of employee benefits plans choose their employees based on the prudence and loyalty standards and do not incorporate woke Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) policies.
Good’s efforts underscore the necessity of selecting service providers on a nondiscriminatory basis, with a primary focus on the financial well-being of employee benefit plans. The bill, which would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), explicitly states that race, color, sex, or national origin should not be factors in selecting fiduciaries, counsel, employees, or service providers.
“President Biden has imposed his woke DEI agenda throughout every part of the Federal Government. From job descriptions to retirement plans, Biden is using every lever of power to advance his agenda in the name of ‘equity,’” said Rep. Good. “My legislation will protect employee benefits from the political agendas of Washington bureaucrats. I thank my Republican committee colleagues for unanimously supporting this effort, and I hope it will be scheduled for a floor vote soon.”
The legislation is now Rep. Good’s fourth bill of the 118th Congress that is eligible to receive consideration on the House floor.