Ryan announces anti-harassment training policy
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.