Politics Want to Know Who Else Has Been Accused of Sexual Harassment in Congress? Good Luck

02:25  08 december  2017
02:25  08 december  2017 Source:   Roll Call

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That means that you and I have been paying to cover up the epidemic of sexual harassment that has been taking place on Capitol Hill. It is time to drain the swamp, and this would be a really good place to start. Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional

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Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., says Congress must “fundamentally change” how sexual harassment complaints are handled. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) © Provided by CQ Roll Call, Inc. Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., says Congress must “fundamentally change” how sexual harassment complaints are handled. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The details of sexual harassment complaints against members of Congress and their staffs are secret and cannot be released to lawmakers seeking to determine the extent of the problem on Capitol Hill, a congressional official testified Thursday. 

“The law doesn’t allow us to release anything,” Susan Grundmann, the executive director of the office that oversees the response to sexual harassment complaints in Congress said at a hearing of the House Administrative Committee. If lawmakers want to know more — including the number of complaints filed and the names of the accused — they will have to change the law, she said. 

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But it was reported this week that one representative that has been accused of harassment , by several women, is Democrat Michigan Rep. “I don’t know ,” he said. “look, I don’t want to speak for (Sen.)

Ronickher calls Congress a "perfect petri dish" for sexual harassment , with few incentives for victims to report bad behavior. Capitol Hill is often compared to a small town, where everyone seems to know everyone else . " Good luck finding another job on the Hill," Ronickher said.

That response is the latest of a series of frustrations met by lawmakers who are scrambling to respond to a  national focus on sexual harassment in some of Americans most powerful institutions, fueled in part by allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and President Donald Trump. The wave of claims that followed has felled high-ranking men in private industries, including the media.

In Congress, two senior lawmakers, Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken have been named by accusers and forced to resign in recent days — Franken announced his resignation Thursday. But overall the response has been slower than in other industries, stymied in part by a system of reporting and responding to sexual harassment complaints that has not been revised since 1995. Thursday’s hearing was the second aimed at addressing shortcomings in that process. 

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Ronickher calls Congress a "perfect petri dish" for sexual harassment , with few incentives for victims to report bad behavior. Capitol Hill is often compared to a small town, where everyone seems to know everyone else . " Good luck finding another job on the Hill," Ronickher said.

“This is a watershed moment and we need to take this opportunity to really fundamentally change in how we address this in Congress” and beyond, said Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va.

Comstock said later that the committee agrees on some revisions to the law and is working to release draft legislation, “as early as we can get it right.”Areas of consensus include new protections for victims, such as a counselor or ombudsman who would advocate for their interests throughout the process.

Lawmakers would also like to prohibit the use of taxpayer money to pay for sexual harassment settlements. They are also considering some prohibition on non-disclosure agreements that prohibit victims from speaking out about their experience, she said.

She added that she would be in favor of changing the part of the law that prohibits the release of basic information about complaints and settlements. Such regulations have made it difficult to understand the extent of the problem, she and other lawmakers have said. 

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Click to find out who else has been accused of being a bad luck charms. This is not the first time Simmons as been accused of sexual misconduct. Earlier this month, the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings was accused of sexual assault and harassment by model Keri Claussen Khaligh.

It comes amid growing calls for an overhaul of the way Congress handles allegations of sexual harassment , including a letter signed by more than 1,500 former Hill staffers who want to see reform for what they say are "inadequate" sexual harassment policies in Congress .

Congressional offices have paid at least $359,450 for six claims in five years, $84,000 of which was to a sexual harassment claim against Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, according to data released last week by the House Administration Committee and media reports. That data, from the Congressional Office of Compliance, does not include settlements paid out of members’ own office budgets. 

In a follow-up request, the House Ethics Committee, which also has jurisdiction over harassment complaints, asked the Office of Compliance for all its records on complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or other prohibited actions by sitting members of Congress or their staffs. That request was denied in a letter Ethics Committee Chairwoman Susan Brooks received Thursday morning.

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