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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman David Cicilline (1st Congressional District of Rhode Island)

PAWTUCKET – LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Co-Chair Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) appeared on the premiere episode of MSNBC’s The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart to discuss the need for LGBTQ diversity in the future Biden Cabinet. Also joining with Cicilline, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (CA-37), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Judy Chu (CA-27), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus member Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16).

Click on the image to view the entire segment. Below is a transcript of Cicilline’s questions and answers with Capehart.

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David N. Cicilline
LGBTQ+ Diversity in Bident Cabinet
December 13, 2020

Jonathan Capehart:
President-Elect Biden has consistently promised to make diverse representation a feature of his incoming administration. And on that end, he’s delivered. A Black and South Asian woman for Vice President. The first female Treasury Secretary. Black secretaries of HUD and Defense. A Cuban immigrant heading Homeland Security. And the list continues. Still, many voices in the Democrat’s broad coalition say Biden can do more, and they’re turning up the pressure on him to follow through.

Joining me now are, Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline, co-chair of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, California Congresswoman Judy Chu Chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Texas Congresswoman Veronica Escobar who is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Congresswoman from California, Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

All, thank you very much for being here. Last week was interesting because it seemed like every story in the paper, every story I heard on television, was one constituency of the Democratic Party after another, saying that the Biden-Harris Administration, incoming Biden-Harris Administration had not picked enough members of their community to be in the Administration. I’m going to go round-robin and start with Congresswoman Bass and ask, which agency is the priority or is there a particular candidate who is a priority to be in the Cabinet in the Administration?…

Congressman Cicilline, speaking of Transportation, one name that I saw reported late last week was Mayor Pete Buttigieg of Indiana, openly gay married man, who ran for president, won Iowa. Is he someone who is on your list as a priority and is Transportation, an agency that’s a priority?

Congressman Cicilline:
Look, I think he absolutely is someone who we all recognize would be an extraordinary member of this Administration. But we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that the Biden Administration is on track to be the most diverse in American history. We think it’s particularly important that members of the LGBTQ+ community that have been traditionally underrepresented at the highest levels of government be included in this Administration. We have no doubt that the President-Elect will keep his commitment to ensure that his Cabinet reflects the full diversity of our country and brings strength to the work, and that includes members of the LGBTQ community. There are lots of terrific candidates out there like Pete Buttigieg, Randi Weingarten, Fred Hochberg, and many others who are worthy of Cabinet positions. But we know the President-Elect is just beginning this process and we’re confident that he will have a cabinet that reflects the full diversity of our great country.

Capehart:
Fred Hochberg who was the Small Business Administration Chief in the Obama Administration Randi Weingarten, who is the teachers union president…

So, when I was reading those stories this week, and reading about the different letters and the different messages that were being sent to the incoming Biden-Harris Administration, I’m just wondering if you guys trust that the Biden-Harris Administration will actually govern in the way that he promised. He promised to have the most diverse cabinet, the most diverse government, and to have everyone’s interests at heart when it comes to governing, but reading these letters I wondered, do folks really believe he will actually follow through? Congressman Cicilline?

Cicilline:
You know absolutely, look, I have tremendous confidence in the President-Elect and the policies of the Biden-Harris Administration that will support equality and support progress on issues that affect all of the communities that are represented in this segment today. And I too am thrilled with all of my wonderful friends. I think we all recognize the policies will advance the issues important to our community, but we want to be sure that personnel reflects that too. And by the way, it’s not only important to the individual communities we represent. It enhances the quality of the work when different perspectives, different ideas, different talents are brought to bear on the many challenges facing the American people. So it’s good for America that the Administration reflects the diversity that we’re speaking about.

I think we all have that in common that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will bring that in their Administration. Part of our role as advocates is to make sure we’re pushing them hard to be sure they’re thinking carefully about these appointments, the LGBTQ+ community has never been represented in the Cabinet of the President of the United States. The time has passed and the time has come, finally. So we’re doing our jobs raising our voices, promoting our cause, and we are at least speaking for myself, have full confidence that the Biden-Harris Administration will keep their commitment, and it will be the most diverse administration in the history of our country.

Capehart:
Congressman David Cicilline, Congresswoman Judy Chu, thank you very much. Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and of course Congresswoman Karen Bass, thank you all very much for being here on this first show.

Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman David Cicilline (1st Congressional District of Rhode Island)

PAWTUCKET – LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Co-Chair Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) appeared on the premiere episode of MSNBC’s The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart to discuss the need for LGBTQ diversity in the future Biden Cabinet. Also joining with Cicilline, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Karen Bass (CA-37), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Judy Chu (CA-27), and Congressional Hispanic Caucus member Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16).

Click on the image to view the entire segment. Below is a transcript of Cicilline’s questions and answers with Capehart.

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David N. Cicilline
LGBTQ+ Diversity in Bident Cabinet
December 13, 2020

Jonathan Capehart:
President-Elect Biden has consistently promised to make diverse representation a feature of his incoming administration. And on that end, he’s delivered. A Black and South Asian woman for Vice President. The first female Treasury Secretary. Black secretaries of HUD and Defense. A Cuban immigrant heading Homeland Security. And the list continues. Still, many voices in the Democrat’s broad coalition say Biden can do more, and they’re turning up the pressure on him to follow through.

Joining me now are, Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline, co-chair of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, California Congresswoman Judy Chu Chairwoman of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Texas Congresswoman Veronica Escobar who is a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and Congresswoman from California, Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

All, thank you very much for being here. Last week was interesting because it seemed like every story in the paper, every story I heard on television, was one constituency of the Democratic Party after another, saying that the Biden-Harris Administration, incoming Biden-Harris Administration had not picked enough members of their community to be in the Administration. I’m going to go round-robin and start with Congresswoman Bass and ask, which agency is the priority or is there a particular candidate who is a priority to be in the Cabinet in the Administration?…

Congressman Cicilline, speaking of Transportation, one name that I saw reported late last week was Mayor Pete Buttigieg of Indiana, openly gay married man, who ran for president, won Iowa. Is he someone who is on your list as a priority and is Transportation, an agency that’s a priority?

Congressman Cicilline:
Look, I think he absolutely is someone who we all recognize would be an extraordinary member of this Administration. But we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that the Biden Administration is on track to be the most diverse in American history. We think it’s particularly important that members of the LGBTQ+ community that have been traditionally underrepresented at the highest levels of government be included in this Administration. We have no doubt that the President-Elect will keep his commitment to ensure that his Cabinet reflects the full diversity of our country and brings strength to the work, and that includes members of the LGBTQ community. There are lots of terrific candidates out there like Pete Buttigieg, Randi Weingarten, Fred Hochberg, and many others who are worthy of Cabinet positions. But we know the President-Elect is just beginning this process and we’re confident that he will have a cabinet that reflects the full diversity of our great country.

Capehart:
Fred Hochberg who was the Small Business Administration Chief in the Obama Administration Randi Weingarten, who is the teachers union president…

So, when I was reading those stories this week, and reading about the different letters and the different messages that were being sent to the incoming Biden-Harris Administration, I’m just wondering if you guys trust that the Biden-Harris Administration will actually govern in the way that he promised. He promised to have the most diverse cabinet, the most diverse government, and to have everyone’s interests at heart when it comes to governing, but reading these letters I wondered, do folks really believe he will actually follow through? Congressman Cicilline?

Cicilline:
You know absolutely, look, I have tremendous confidence in the President-Elect and the policies of the Biden-Harris Administration that will support equality and support progress on issues that affect all of the communities that are represented in this segment today. And I too am thrilled with all of my wonderful friends. I think we all recognize the policies will advance the issues important to our community, but we want to be sure that personnel reflects that too. And by the way, it’s not only important to the individual communities we represent. It enhances the quality of the work when different perspectives, different ideas, different talents are brought to bear on the many challenges facing the American people. So it’s good for America that the Administration reflects the diversity that we’re speaking about.

I think we all have that in common that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will bring that in their Administration. Part of our role as advocates is to make sure we’re pushing them hard to be sure they’re thinking carefully about these appointments, the LGBTQ+ community has never been represented in the Cabinet of the President of the United States. The time has passed and the time has come, finally. So we’re doing our jobs raising our voices, promoting our cause, and we are at least speaking for myself, have full confidence that the Biden-Harris Administration will keep their commitment, and it will be the most diverse administration in the history of our country.

Capehart:
Congressman David Cicilline, Congresswoman Judy Chu, thank you very much. Congresswoman Veronica Escobar and of course Congresswoman Karen Bass, thank you all very much for being here on this first show.

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