On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan called sexual harassment a “disgrace.”
He said, “Sexual harassment has no place in any workplace, let alone in the United States Congress,” Ryan continued, “The fact that some people walking these halls are subjected to a hostile or threatening work environment when they came here to serve their country, to serve their ideals, that’s wrong.
“That’s a disgrace,” he added, and it will not be tolerated in the halls of Congress.
When asked if he and other lawmakers should speak more about the 16 women who accused President Trump of sexual harassment (which I don’t believe for a moment), Ryan answered, “Right now, we’re focused on making sure this place works the right way,.”
Ryan’s remarks come just hours before the House votes on a resolution to mandate anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all lawmakers and their staffers. The Senate has already adopted a similar resolution.
The vote comes in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore, as well as two sitting members of Congress: Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Rep. John ConyersJr. (D-Mich.), the longest-serving member of Congress who stepped down this week as the top Democrat on the powerful House Judiciary Committee.
A handful of Democrats are calling for Conyers to resign from office, but Ryan wouldn’t go that far on Wednesday.
“I know what I would do if this happened to me,” Ryan said, “I will leave it up to him to decide. I think he made the right decision stepping down from his leadership position.”
“We’re waiting for the committee to review the entire process to see how this settlements issue needs to be addressed, reformed going forward,” he concluded, “We don’t want to make one-off decisions. We want to make a comprehensive decision.”