For the first time, all four major congressional staff diversity associations are being run by women. Also: The U.S. Travel Association releases a new tool that shows the economic impact of travel in each state.
On Capitol Hill, there are four major congressional staff diversity associations, and for the first time, they are all run by women.
It happened at the end of February, when Victoria Rivas, legislative assistant for Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard of California, was elected president of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association, reports Roll Call.
“When you look back on history, it’s kind of the same thing that you see in any elected office—there’s always a panel of all men up top,” Rivas said to Roll Call. “It’s really unique and really exciting that it’s all women this time around.”
With sexual harassment and the movement against it in the news and a record number of women running for political office, the fact that women have assumed leadership roles in these associations may come as no surprise.
“It’s reflective of the year we’ve had,” said Yasmin Rigney, president of the Senate Black Legislative Staff Caucus.
Using a slider, users can increase or decrease travel spending to reveal its impact, in terms of how it directly affects tax revenue and public sector jobs like police officers and teachers.
“Travel is an engine for economic and job growth, and it helps communities maintain a level of service that would require more taxes, had it not been for travel-generated tax revenue,” U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow said in a statement.
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