Debbie Wasserman Schultz proposes new spending panel for equity, justice, and diversity

Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced a plan Monday to create a new spending advisory panel on equity, justice, and diversity, which she will implement if elected as chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee next year.

“The panel would comprehensively review federal programs and the president’s budget requests to identify ongoing inequities in communities of color and historically marginalized communities,” said Wasserman Schultz in a letter to fellow members of the House Appropriations Committee.

She added that the panel, which would be called the “House Appropriations Committee Advisory Panel on Equity and Justice,” would look for new opportunities in the 12 annual appropriations bills to direct resources toward communities that
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