REP. ROSEN SUPPORTS BIPARTISAN BILL TO ELIMINATE TAXPAYER-FUNDED SEXUAL HARASSMENT SETTLEMENTS FOR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) signed onto bipartisan legislation to put an end to the taxpayer-funded settlement process for sexual harassment and assault claims in Congress:
“There should be no tolerance for sexual harassment anywhere, let alone in the halls of Congress,” said Rosen. "Members of Congress should not be using taxpayer money to cover up outrageous and inexcusable behavior, and this bill would put an immediate end to this ridiculous system. We need to continue to work in a bipartisan manner to establish a process that prevents sexual harassment and holds all lawmakers accountable for their actions, regardless of their gender, their seniority, or partisan politics.”
BACKGROUND: The Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act would prevent taxpayer money from being used to settle sexual harassment and assault claims. This legislation would also protect victims and empower them to speak out.
Congresswoman Rosen also co-sponsored legislation to mandate sexual harassment training for all Members of Congress and their staff. The legislation passed by a voice vote.
View text of the legislation here.