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OffbeatSenate passes compromise bill to combat sexual harassment on Capitol Hill

19:30  13 december  2018
19:30  13 december  2018 Source:   politico.com

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The House and Senate passed long-stalled legislation to combat sexual harassment in Congress Thursday, taking steps to clean up an institution that has The compromise bill makes participating in the mediation process voluntary. The new bill also offers employees with claims a confidential adviser.

The U.S. Senate approved bipartisan legislation which would combat sexual harassment in Congress Thursday in a unanimous vote. The Senate and the House have reached a landmark agreement to reform the process by which Capitol Hill handles claims of sexual harassment and discrimination in

Senate passes compromise bill to combat sexual harassment on Capitol Hill© Alex Wong/Getty Images The bill was co-sponsored by Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

The Senate on Thursday, by unanimous consent, passed compromise legislation to combat sexual harassment in Congress.

The bill, sponsored by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), comes after months of stalled negotiations between the Senate and House, which had passed different measures earlier this year.

Under the compromise legislation, members of Congress will be held liable for all forms of harassment and retaliation for harassment claims and will also be required to reimburse the Treasury Department for harassment settlements.

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WASHINGTON — After months of stalled negotiations, lawmakers in the House and Senate reached a compromise on legislation that would overhaul the arcane and often burdensome procedures for handling sexual harassment and discrimination claims in Congress.

WASHINGTON ― A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Capitol Hill unveiled Senate and House bills Wednesday designed to improve the process of reporting sexual harassment involving lawmakers and staffers, building on recent efforts to address the problem within the walls of Congress.

“This is a bill that fundamentally changes the way sexual harassment cases are handled in the Senate and in the House,” Klobuchar said Thursday, after the bill’s passage. “The process we have will now protect victims of harassment instead of protecting politicians.”

The House is expected to take up the legislation soon.

The compromise legislation comes one year after the #MeToo movement went viral and led to the resignation and retirement of several members of Congress, including Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Reps. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Texas).

Farenthold refused to repay an $84,000 settlement after the scandal forced him from office.

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