Washington, DC, USA: Following a bill Rep. Jackie Speier, introduced on Tuesday, to make training for lawmakers mandatory, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said that the House will adopt a policy to require anti-saxual harassment training for all members and staff amid calls to combat the behavior on Capitol Hill. Ryan made the announcement hours after the House Administration Committee held a hearing to discuss the House’s saxual harassment policies and resources available for staff to report complaints.
“Going forward, the House will adopt a policy of mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all Members and staff. Our goal is not only to raise awareness, but also make abundantly clear that harassment in any form has no place in this institution,” Ryan said in a statement.
Earlier Tuesday, Rep. Jackie Speier, who introduced a bill to make training mandatory, said two sitting lawmakers — one Republican and one Democrat — engaged in saxually inappropriate behavior. Rep. Barbara Comstock said a trusted source told her a lawmaker exposed himself to a staffer.
At the Tuesday hearing, two female lawmakers said that current male members of Congress have been accused of saxual harassment. Neither would name the alleged harassers.
A Republican congresswoman says she was recently told by a trusted source that a member of Congress exposed himself to a staffer.
Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., said Tuesday at a House hearing on preventing saxual harassment on Capitol Hill that she was told about a staffer who quit her job after a lawmaker asked her to bring work material to his house, then exposed himself.
Stories of saxual harassment and gender hostility are continuing to come to light in various industries, including entertainment and politics.
Comstock did not name the member nor the staffer.