House plans train­ing on ha­rass­ment

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NATION - By Juliet Lin­der­man The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Speaker Paul Ryan said Tues­day that the House will re­quire anti-ha­rass­ment and anti-dis­crim­i­na­tion train­ing for all mem­bers and their staffs. The an­nounce­ment came just hours af­ter a hear­ing in which two fe­male law­mak­ers spoke about 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,” said Ryan, R-wis. “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.

Mean­while, Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch Mccon­nell, R-KY., said Tues­day he wanted to work with the White House to ex­plore ways to keep em­bat­tled Repub­li­can Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore from tak­ing of­fice if he wins a spe­cial elec­tion in Alabama.

Speak­ing to re­porters at the U.S. Capi­tol, Mccon­nell said he had been in con­tact with Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and oth­ers about sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against Moore. “He’s ob­vi­ously not fit to be in the United States Se­nate,” Mccon­nell said.

Five women have ac­cused Moore of sex­ual mis­con­duct stem­ming from when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers. Moore, now 70, has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

Trump re­turned to Washington on Tues­day evening from a 12-day trip to Asia, and Mccon­nell said he planned to dis­cuss Moore’s sit­u­a­tion with the pres­i­dent.

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.

At the same hear­ing, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-calif., said two cur­rent law­mak­ers 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,” Speier said.

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