"In fact, there are two members of Congress, Republican and Democrat, right now who serve, who have been subject to review or have not been subject to review, but have engaged in sexual harassment", Speier said in her testimony before the House Administration Committee, which held a hearing on sexual harassment in Congress Tuesday morning.
Rep. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockWilson endorses Foxx as next House Education chairman House transfers DC Metro board appointments to DOT Dems target DC-area GOP rep on Metro funding MORE (R-Va.), a member of the House Administration Committee, said she had heard of an unidentified male lawmaker who exposed himself to a young female staffer. When the staffer arrived, he greeted her while wearing a towel, invited her in and exposed himself, Comstock said. Comstock asked. Comstock said there should be clear-cut rules about the kinds of relationships and behaviors that are off-limits and create a hostile work environment.
"What are we doing here for women right now who are dealing with somebody like that?"
The hearing was scheduled as a wave of victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault come forward with accusations against powerful figures in Hollywood, media and politics.
There is now no requirement for sexual harassment training in the House of Representatives, but individual offices may voluntarily have their staffs attend trainings offered by the Office of Compliance.
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According to the Speier, who shared her own allegations of sexual assault recently, the harassment incidents range from lawmakers asking staffers if they are "going to be a good girl?" to members of Congress "exposing their genitals" and grabbing "private parts on the House floor". She did not know the identity of the congressman.
The bill gained support from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers. On a voice vote, lawmakers adopted a bipartisan resolution calling for training within 60 days of the measure's passage.
The current process for reporting sexual harassment, which goes through the congressional Office of Compliance, is "constructed to protect the institution - and to impede the victim from getting justice" she told Politico. The Senate just last week passed a resolution making sexual harassment training mandatory, not just for staffers and interns, but also for Senate lawmakers.
With each passing day, new revelations of sexual misconduct continue to rock the political sphere. One Republican has suggested that if elected, Moore should be expelled from the Senate.