Ryan an­nounces anti-ha­rass­ment train­ing pol­icy

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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.

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

Dur­ing a House Ad­min­is­tra­tion hear­ing Tues­day on sex­ual ha­rass­ment pre­ven­tion, Rep. Bar­bara Com­stock, R-Va., said she was re­cently told about a staffer who quit her job af­ter a law­maker asked her to bring work ma­te­rial to his house, then ex­posed him­self.

“That kind of sit­u­a­tion, what are we do­ing here for women, right now, who are deal­ing with some­one like that?” Com­stock asked.

Rep. Jackie Speier said there are two cur­rent law­mak­ers who have been in­volved in sex­ual ha­rass­ment.

“In fact there are two mem­bers of Congress, Repub­li­can and Demo­crat, who serve right now who have been sub­ject to re­view, or not been sub­ject to re­view, that have en­gaged in sex­ual ha­rass­ment,” said Speier.

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