Three House Democrats have proposed legislation that would require the State Department to do more to ensure minorities and women are employed there, and force it to report to Congress every four years on the steps it takes to "increase diversity."
"A variety of views, backgrounds, and experiences contribute to more creative thinking and efficient problem solving, both of which play a crucial role in our nation's diplomatic efforts," said Joaquin Castro, R-Texas, the lead sponsor of the Foreign Affairs Inclusion Reporting Act, or the FAIR Act.
"By increasing diversity at the State Department, the FAIR Act aims to enhance America's potential for success in addressing the world's most pressing challenges," Castro said.
Democratic supporters of the bill didn't directly criticize the Obama administration's State Department for failing to include women and minorities. But Democrats clearly think more can be done.