Congress to get anti-ha­rass­ment train­ing

Metro Canada (Halifax) - - WORLD - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Speaker Paul Ryan on Tues­day an­nounced the House will re­quire anti-ha­rass­ment and an­tidis­crim­i­na­tion train­ing for all mem­bers and their staffs, just hours af­ter a hear­ing in which two fe­male law­mak­ers spoke about in­ci­dents of sex­ual mis­con­duct in­volv­ing sit­ting mem­bers of Congress.

“Our goal is not only to raise aware­ness, but also make abun­dantly clear that ha­rass­ment in any form has no place in this in­sti­tu­tion,” Ryan said. “As we work with the Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Ethics, and Rules com­mit­tees to im­ple­ment manda­tory train­ing, we will con­tinue our re­view to make sure the right poli­cies and re­sources are in place to pre­vent and re­port ha­rass­ment.”

The pol­icy change will hap­pen through leg­is­la­tion.

The move comes days af­ter the Se­nate unan­i­mously ap­proved a mea­sure re­quir­ing all se­na­tors, staff and in­terns to be trained on pre­vent­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

The bill gained sup­port from both Demo­cratic and Repub­li­can law­mak­ers.

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