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A bipartisan pair of senators on Wednesday introduced long-awaited legislation that would overhaul how the Senate handles sexual harassment claims.
The bill, from Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), would reform the reporting process for victims of sexual harassment and would make members of Congress personally liable for any settlements.
The article goes on to state the following:
“This bipartisan agreement sends a clear message that harassment in any form will not be tolerated in the U.S. Congress,” Blunt, the chairman of the Rules Committee said in a statement.
The legislation would eliminate a 30-day counseling period, a 30-day mediation phase and a 30-day “cooling off” period currently required for victims of sexual harassment under the Congressional Accountability Act.
It would also require members, including senators who leave office, to repay the Treasury for any settlements tied to harassment they committed. If a settlement isn’t repaid within 180 days, the legislation allows the federal government to target a senator’s compensation or finances.
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