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Politics Senate passes resolution requiring mandatory sexual harassment training

01:50  10 november  2017
01:50  10 november  2017 Source:   thehill.com

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The Senate cleared a resolution on Thursday requiring that all senators and staffers undergo sexual harassment training . "Making harassment training mandatory in the Senate sends a clear message: harassment of any kind is not and will not be tolerated in Congress.

The Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday that institutes mandatory sexual harassment training for all members of the chamber. The training must be completed within 60 days and each office will be “ required to submit certification of completed training .”

Senate passes resolution requiring mandatory sexual harassment training © Provided by The Hill Senate passes resolution requiring mandatory sexual harassment training The Senate cleared a resolution on Thursday requiring that all senators and staffers undergo sexual harassment training.

The Senate unanimously passed the resolution as part of the chamber's nightly wrap-up amid pressure from senators in both parties to change the chamber's voluntary training policy.

The resolution was introduced earlier Thursday by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), along with Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.).

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" Sexual Harassment training ? Good, I'm a little rusty, toots, but lay it to me straight, then we'll get to me motorboating those yabbos. Now pass a resolution requiring sexual predators to be expelled from office.

Senate resolution requiring mandatory sexual harassment training for senators , staff and interns is a “major step forward,” says Sen. @amyklobuchar, who co-authored the legislation with Sen. On my mandatory sex harassment training legislation for all senators & staff that just passed Senate

"Making harassment training mandatory in the Senate sends a clear message: harassment of any kind is not and will not be tolerated in Congress. Period," Klobuchar, the top Democrat on the Rules Committee, said in a statement.

Grassley added that Congress has "a particular duty to set high standards of conduct."

"By passing this resolution, we take a step to ensure that all who work for the Senate are able to do their job without feeling unsafe or uncomfortable," he added.

The resolution requires training to be completed within 60 days and repeated at least once during every session of Congress, which lasts two years.

It also authorizes the Rules Committee, headed up by Shelby and Klobuchar, to issue any guidance or regulations necessary to carry out the new sexual harassment training policy.

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It actually passed a resolution which will require senators and their staffers to undergo sexual harassment training . “Making harassment training mandatory in the Senate sends a clear message: harassment of any kind is not and will not be tolerated in Congress.

The Senate passed a resolution Thursday requiring senators , staff and interns to participate in mandatory sexual harassment training , as lawmakers and staff have grown increasingly outspoken about widespread predatory behavior on Capitol Hill.

Senators in both parties have been urging the chamber to make the Office of Compliance's voluntary sexual harassment training program mandatory for lawmakers and staffers.

Grassley previously asked the Rules Committee about the issue but was told that the Senate would likely need to pass a resolution giving them that authority.

In addition to Grassley's previously letter, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said late last week that she was working on her own legislation.

Meanwhile, a group of senators introduced a similar resolution that would require mandatory training on Wednesday.

Four in 10 of the women who responded to a Roll Call survey earlier this year said they believed Capitol Hill had a sexual harassment problem, while one in six said they had experienced it personally.

Senate passes measure on sexual harassment training

  Senate passes measure on sexual harassment training The Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday requiring all senators and their staff to undergo sexual harassment training. Senators, staff members and interns will have 60 days to complete the training and are required to repeat it each session of Congress. Senate offices will also have to submit certification to be published online that their offices' fulfilled the requirements.

The Senate unanimously approves a bipartisan resolution requiring senators and staff to receive mandatory sexual harassment training within 60 days and at least once every two years. The resolution , which is not law, is limited to the Senate .

WASHINGTON — The Senate unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday mandating training for senators and staff to combat sexual harassment . Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the ranking Democrat on the Rules and Administration Committee, sponsored the final version of the resolution .

And one current lawmaker and three former lawmakers told The Associated Press that they had experienced sexual harassment or hostile comments around the Capitol. Staffers also described to Roll Call the worry that reporting an incident would negatively impact their careers.

The push on Capitol Hill comes in the wake of a spate of high-profile allegations of sexual harassment and assault against high-profile figures in media and politics.

GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore is currently battling calls for him to step aside after The Washington Post reported that Moore had inappropriate sexual conduct with a minor in 1979.

Leigh Corfman, now 53, told The Post that Moore kissed her, touched her under her underwear and placed her hand over his underwear when she was 14 years old.

The story also quotes three other women who say Moore approached them when he was in his 30s and they they were teenagers, but that no sexual contact occurred outside of kissing in some of those cases.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), as well as Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Pat Roberts (R-Kansas), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Angus King (I-Maine), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), are cosponsoring the resolution.


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