Despite an ongoing problem with sexual harassment complaints on The Hill, Congress has been reluctant to institute mandatory anti-sexual harassment training. After campaigning for this measure for many years, California Democrat Jackie Speier has succeeded in bringing a resolution to a vote. The Senate recently enacted a similar measure, and the House is due to vote early this week.
However, mandatory training does not go far enough to address the problem: current reporting procedures discriminate against the complainant, and secrecy shrouds the names of Congressional representatives whose behavior has lead to settlements paid for by tax dollars.
Contact your Member of Congress to ask that:
1. they vote in favor of Rep. Speier’s anti-sexual harassment training resolution;
2. they insist on streamlined, transparent reporting procedures which are in line with those used elsewhere in government; and
3. they release the names of lawmakers whose behavior has lead to settlements paid for out of the Congressional budget (i.e. by us)