Fac­ing pres­sure, House OKs anti-harassment train­ing

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WASH­ING­TON » The House eas­ily ap­proved a bi­par­ti­san mea­sure Wed­nes­day re­quir­ing law­mak­ers and aides to take an­nual anti-harassment train­ing as law­mak­ers faced heavy pres­sure to ad­dress bur­geon­ing sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions against mem­bers of Congress. Pas­sage was by voice vote. Congress was bat­tling over Repub­li­can tax cuts and a po­ten­tial gov­ern­ment shut­down even as law­mak­ers were forced to ad­dress ac­cu­sa­tions against some of their own. They in­cluded lib­eral he­roes Rep. John Cony­ers and Sen. Al Franken and far-right GOP Se­nate can­di­date Roy Moore of Alabama.

Ear­lier, House Speaker Paul Ryan said there should be no room for sex­ual harassment “in any work­place, let alone in the United States Congress.” Ryan, R-Wis., told re­porters that hav­ing a hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment on Capitol Hill is “a dis­grace” and added, “We will not tol­er­ate that kind of be­hav­ior.”

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