House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday announced that the House would implement mandatory sexual harassment and anti-discrimination training for both staff and Members.
"Going forward, the House will adopt a policy of mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all Members and staff," Ryan said in a statement. "Our goal is not only to raise awareness, but also make abundant;y c;ear that harassment in any form has no place in this institution."
There are two members of Congress, Republican and Democrat, right now who serve, who have been subject to review or have not been subject to review, but have engaged in sexual harassment.
There is no requirement for sexual harassment training in the House of Representatives and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) has proposed legislation that would make training mandatory for members of the House and their staffs.
A House Administration Committee hearing on Tuesday morning said she knew of two congressional members who are currently in office who have allegedly sexually harassed their staffers, and Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) relayed a story that she heard about an unnamed Congressman.
Comstock said she was told the member of Congress asked the "staffer to bring them over some materials to their residence and the young staffer, it was a young woman went there and was greeted with a member in a towel. It was a male who then invited her in. At that point, he decided to expose himself. She left and then she quit her job. She left, she found another job."
Comstock and Speier are sharing these stories due to growing calls for an overhaul of the way Congress deals with sexual harassment. Speier recently came out with her own assault story as part of the #MeToo campaign saying that when she was a Congressional staffer her Chief of Staff had sexually assaulted her.
Last week, the Senate passed a bill making sexual harassment training mandatory.
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