Congress finally passed a bill to overhaul its horrid policy on sexual harassment, an update that will finally require lawmakers to pay out of their own pockets instead of spending your hard earned tax dollars when they get sued for lewd behavior.
So Congress just passed a law and they are off scot-free for their past acts? How about making all the details of past settlements public? I demand they release the names of everyone who misused our taxpayer dollars to pay for their sex crimes. We have a right to know how our tax dollars were wasted.
— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) December 13, 2018
Members of Congress will no longer be able to rely on taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment and sexual misconduct claims, thanks to legislation passed just this week.
The Huffington Post reports that the final version of the bill passed Thursday, “sailing” through the House and Senate by unanimous consent, and will be on President Donald Trump’s desk awaiting a signature by the end of this week.
“Time is finally up for members of Congress who think that they can sexually harass and get away with it. They will no longer be able to slink away with no one knowing that they have harassed. … They will pay back the U.S. Treasury,” Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA), one of the primary sponsors of the bill told reporters on Thursday, according to Reuters.
The bill has been in the works for a while, as Speier pointed out in her speech: “We want to thank 1,500 former staff members of Congress who wrote a letter to us who made the case all too clear, that sexual harassment in Congress was a huge problem.”
Speier and bipartisan group of congressional leaders began drafting the bill last year after the “#MeToo” movement exploded across social media, ensnaring powerful men in Hollywood, in the media, and even in the federal government. Both Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) resigned their positions in Congress after past indiscretions came to light in late 2017 and early 2018. More
I want to know who approved this and when exactly it was approved. Plus anyone who used taxpayers money to settle their claims should have their pay or pension docked until it’s all paid back in full and face the full consequences of their despicable actions.
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