Rep. Paul Gosar Will Introduce MERIT Act to Abolish Affirmative Action Practices Used by Federal Government

Revolver News has reported that Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ) is set to introduce a bill that would prevent the federal government from utilizing affirmative action practices and programs.

The report published late Monday night said Gosar would introduce the Making Excellence Replace Identity Traits (MERIT) Act before the United States House of Representatives sometime on Tuesday. The entire bill is just one paragraph long:

The Federal Government may not establish, implement, or otherwise carry out any hiring practice or program that uses affirmative action based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability as a basis for a personnel action with respect to Federal employees or members of the uniformed services, and no Federal funds may be provided to any entity (including Federal contractors (or subcontractors thereof)) that has in place any such practice or program.

“Of course, with Democrats controlling Congress and the White House, this bill isn’t likely to pass,” the Revolver report reads. “But what it should become is a litmus test for the Republican Party going forward. The Democratic Party has embraced slicing Americans up into dozens of different groups and pitting them against each other. Whether a person deserves prosperity or poverty, and whether they are good or evil, is determined through a straightforward calculation of their membership in certain nonwhite or nonmale groups.”

Gosar tweeted Tuesday morning that he is “proud to sponsor [the MERIT Act] to ensure that no federal funds are provided for affirmative action hiring.”

“The people deserve competency and merit, not racial or other bigotry, when the government hires people,” he said.

Big League Politics recently reported on Gosar’s questioning of former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen vis-à-vis Ashli Babbitt’s execution at the US Capitol on January 6:

“Mr. Rosen, do you recall the name of the young lady, a veteran wrapped in the American flag, who was killed in the U.S. Capitol?” he said.

“I do, her name was Ashli Babbitt,” Rosen responded via a Zoom call.

“Yes, Ashli Babbitt. Was Ashli Babbitt armed?” Gosar asked.

Rosen became uneasy at this point, claiming that he did not want to comment on “individual situations.” Gosar did not accept this sorry excuse and continued to press forward with his questioning.

“Was the death of Ashli Babbitt a homicide?” Gosar asked, before adding that the death certificate listed it as a homicide.

“Who executed Ashli Babbitt?” Gosar asked with Rosen yet again refusing to address the question and offer a response.