Congresswoman to colleagues: TWO of you are known pervs
Nov 15 2017
Speier, who has proposed legislation that would change the House's policy and make sexual harassment training mandatory for members and their staff, also said she has heard stories of "victims having their private parts grabbed on the House floor".
The announcement came at the heels of a morning-long House hearing on sexual harassment where some members of Congress brought up concerns about sexual harassment in the legislative branch and reviewed the institutions in place for reporting and addressing such behavior.
"That kind of situation, what are we doing here for women, right now, who are dealing with someone like that?"
A Republican congresswoman said Tuesday she was told recently by a trusted source that a member of Congress exposed himself to a staffer.
"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.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) claimed that at least two current members of Congress have engaged in sexual harassment during a House panel on Tuesday.
"I strongly encourage you to complete sexual harassment training and to mandate the training for your staff". As Republicans distance themselves from Moore, lawmakers in the House and Senate are working to address sexual misconduct in the Congressional workplace.
These are a few of the unwritten rules that some female lawmakers, staff and interns say they follow on Capitol Hill, where they say harassment and coercion is pervasive on both sides of the rotunda. One Republican has suggested that if elected, Moore should be expelled from the Senate. All they ask in return as staff members is to be able to work in a hostile-free work environment.
She did not name the lawmakers mentioned in her testimony, citing the non-disclosure agreements she wants to eliminate.
Speier told CNN's "New Day" earlier Tuesday that current policy dictates that individuals coming forward with harassment complaints have to go through a three-month process.
Under the current system, staffers must undergo months of counseling and mediation with the employing office before they can formally file a complaint. "The victim has no counsel, no support".
Barbara Childs Wallace, the chair of the Office of Compliance's board of directors, called the mandatory training that lawmakers are calling for a necessary first step, but said more changes are needed to improve the culture on Capitol Hill.