Texas Republican Representative Chip Roy announced a new proposed bill on July 22 titled the Restoring Military Focus Act in response to the recent creation of permanent diversity offices inside the U.S. armed forces.
The proposed act would eliminate the positions of Senior Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer. Future funding for similar situations would also be eliminated.
Rep. Roy issued a statement saying the act was introduced in the “effort to push back against the Democrats’ politicization of the Department of Defense and to eliminate the unnecessary progressive agenda being pushed by the left that undermines the United States military.”
“Not only are [the aforementioned] positions a waste of hard-earned tax-payers dollars, but they also undermine and distract from the purpose of the U.S. military,” Roy added.
Conservatives have recently expressed concern about the politicization of the military and particularly the positions addressed by Roy’s proposed bill.
Richard Torres-Estrada is the Chief Diversity Officer of the U.S. Special Operations Command. In June 2020, they shared a Facebook post that compared then-President and Commander-In-Chief Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. Torres-Estrada was investigated but was recently reappointed.
Roy has condemned the politically progressive and racially divisive Biden defense plan, stating, “We need to stop the politicization of the Department of Defense and keep our Armed Forces focused on their goal of defending our national security. The Restoring Military Focus Act is an important and necessary step to push back against the progressive agenda at the Department of Defense.”
“The Department of Defense’s top priority should be to develop our men and women in the Armed Forces into a united, lethal, and battle-ready force primed to defend the United States’ interests at a moment’s notice,” Roy added.
Co-sponsors to Roy’s proposed Restoring Military Focus Act include Reps. Dan Crenshaw, Brian Mast, Scott DesJarlais, Matt Rosendale, Bill Johnson, and Lauren Boebert.
Rep. Roy also commented on the Senate’s proposed National Defense Authorization Act approved on July 21, which contains an amendment that would require women to register with Selective Service in the same manner as men. Roy commented on Twitter, “No. Non-negotiable. Thanks.”
Chip Roy was elected to Congress in 2018 to represent Texas’ 21st district, including parts of the San Antonio and Austin metropolitan areas.