It’s amazing that this is just happening now. How many millions of taxpayer dollars have been used over the years to bail out members of Congress for their own misdeeds?
Congress To Make Members Pay Out Of Pocket For Sexual Harassment Settlements
Congressional negotiators have reached an agreement to overhaul the system for handling accusations of sexual misconduct against members, including a requirement that members pay out of pocket for some settlements and court judgments.
“For too long, victims of sexual harassment in Congress have been forced into a process that lacks transparency and accountability, and fails them at a time when they need the most support,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., a lead negotiator on the bill. “Our bipartisan, bicameral legislation — which we expect to pass in the coming days — will overhaul this broken process, ensure victims can immediately seek justice, and hold Members of Congress accountable.”
NEWS: Reached bipartisan agreement between House & Senate on the sexual harassment bill I am leading with @RoyBlunt as well as House leaders. Our bill changes the rules so that victims (instead of politicians) are protected. We hope to pass it in the Senate in the next few days!
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) December 12, 2018
The deal comes after nearly a yearlong standoff between the House and the Senate over member liability and other issues in the bill. Senate rules committee Chairman Roy Blunt, R-Mo., the chief GOP negotiator in the Senate, says he expects the bill will pass the Senate this week to ensure staffers are better-protected when a new Congress begins in January.
Trump signaled support for an initiative like this months ago, so it is very likely to pass.