Letter Requests Exemption From Hiring Freeze For Rangel, Pickering And Payne Fellows

Letter requests exemption from hiring freeze for Rangel, Pickering and Payne fellows

Senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY5) and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX20) sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson requesting that Rangel, Pickering and Payne fellows receive waivers from the hiring freeze so that they may fully serve in the State Department Foreign Service. The Rangel, Pickering and Payne fellowship programs prepare highly qualified minority students for careers as United States diplomats. This program is mutually beneficial, offering fellows approximately $85,000 in financing in exchange for a five-year service commitment.
 “Now more than ever, the United States needs skillful diplomats to help navigate …

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