Cornyn, Cruz Shine as 8 GOP Members Back Bipartisan Reform of How Congress Handles Harassment Claims

Twenty senators have taken an important, and delightfully bipartisan, step toward ending the awful mismanagement by Congress of sexual harassment claims by women, and sometimes men, who work in the Capitol. Eleven Democrats and eight Republicans in the Senate signed onto a bill introduced Thursday by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York that will mandate annual sexual harassment prevention training for everyone who works for Congress, including the lawmakers themselves. It would also change the way alleged harassment is reported and how it is investigated.The bill would end the policy of requiring complainants to attend mandatory mediation with their alleged harasser, and would leave it up to victims if they want to speak publically about their ordeals.  Continue reading...

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