Hearing on Race and Economic Disparity

Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 11:30am
2167 Rayburn House Office Building

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Hearing Focused on Strategies to Dismantle Current and Past Barriers that have Prevented Communities of Color from Achieving the American Dream


WASHINGTON – On Thursday, January 20, 2022, at 11:30am ET, Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04), Chairman of the U.S. House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, held a hybrid hearing examining economic disparities among communities of color and the role of discriminatory and exclusionary policies throughout our country’s history. During our first hearing of 2022 titled “Race, Ethnicity and the Economy: How Improving Economic Opportunity Benefits All,” Select Committee Members had the opportunity to discuss actions that have helped narrow disparities, identify future actions to continue addressing such inequities, and pinpoint public policy and business practice strategies to enable every American to reach their full economic potential and expand opportunities for all Americans.


  • Chairman Jim Himes (CT-04)
  • Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (SC-06)
  • Ranking Member Bryan Steil (WI-01)
  • Select Committee Members
  • Dr. Valerie Wilson, Director of the Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy - Economic Policy Institute  (Written Testimony)
  • Dr. Darrick Hamilton, Henry Cohen Professor of Economics and Urban Policy; Founding director of the Institute for the Study of Race, Power and Political Economy - New School  (Written Testimony)
  • Ms. Janet Murguía, President and Chief Executive Officer - UnidosUS  (Written Testimony)
  • Dr. Jamie Riley, Director of Race and Justice - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People  (Written Testimony)
  • Mr. Ian Rowe, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute  (Written Testimony)

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117th Congress