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Rep. Brat Supports Mandatory Anti-Harassment Training and Congressional Accountability Legislation

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Washington, November 29, 2017 | Juliana Heerschap (2022252815) | comments
WASHINGTON - Rep. Brat (R-Va.) released the following statement upon passage of H.Res. 630, legislation to require all employees of the House of Representatives, including Members of Congress, to take anti-harassment training in workplace rights and responsibilities. Rep. Brat is an original cosponsor of the legislation introduced by Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.).

“Today, we took an important step to address the serious issue of sexual harassment in the congressional workplace. While my office staff and I have already completed the training offered by the House of Representatives, I believe making that training mandatory is the right thing to do. This is only the first step. Every person deserves to be treated with dignity, respect, and civility. It is clear the current system has failed some employees in the House of Representatives. I support working together in a bipartisan fashion to overhaul the current reporting process in the House to ensure we care for victims and hold accountable any perpetrators of these acts.

“In addition to the vote on the House floor today, I have also cosponsored legislation introduced by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) called the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act. The stories of secret payouts to protect known offenders who are sitting members of Congress is disgusting. Any compensation to victims of harassment perpetrated by a member of Congress should come out of the pocket of the government official; not a dime should come from the taxpayers. The House should pass this bill and stop allowing elected public officials to hide their bad behavior without repercussions.”
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