Female Lawmakers Say At Least Two In Congress Have Committed Sexual Harassment

House lawmakers hold hearing on sexual harassment in Congress

Speier has introduced legislation to require annual sexual harassment awareness training for lawmakers and staff, who would have to file a certificate of completion with the House Ethics Committee.

There is now no requirement for sexual harassment training in the House of Representatives, but individual offices may voluntarily have their staffs attend trainings offered by the Office of Compliance.

Jackie Speier testified before the House Administration Committee that she knows of two current members of Congress who are guilty of sexual harassment - one Democrat and one Republican.

"That kind of situation, what are we doing here for women, right now, who are dealing with someone like that?"

Speier's comments came during a House Administration Committee hearing on harassment policies on Capitol Hill where she stated: "In fact, 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".

She is also crafting another bill to overhaul the process available for staff to file harassment complaints with Office of Compliance, which she says discourages victims from coming forward.

Speier added that staff members on Capitol Hill deserve to "be able to work in a hostile free work environment". He opened the door in only a towel, invited the staffer inside, and proceeded to expose himself.

The bill has gained bipartisan support.

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The policy came after a congressional hearing Tuesday morning, in which several representatives described stories of sexual misconduct involving lawmakers and/or their staff.

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) noted that "sexual harassment is a serious problem in our society and Congress is not immune from this issue".

House lawmakers on Tuesday will review the chamber's sexual harassment policies in the wake of sweeping allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment that have rocked powerful institutions and industries across the country.

She said that when she was just starting her career in politics, the chief of staff in her office sexually assaulted her.

She did not name the lawmakers mentioned in her testimony, citing the non-disclosure agreements she wants to eliminate.

"I think it's important we name names", Comstock said.

Gloria Lett, counsel for the Office of House Employment Counsel, replied that such discrimination is illegal. And Tuesday's hearing took place just a day after a woman came forward to accuse Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of assaulting her when she was a teen.

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