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House Passes Legislation Overhauling Congress’ Sexual Harassment Process

HeadlineFeb 07, 2018
 h06 congress sexual harassment laws

On Capitol Hill, the House of Representatives has passed a bill overhauling the secretive process for reporting sexual harassment in Congress. The legislation would bar lawmakers accused of sexual harassment from using taxpayer money to settle lawsuits. It would also provide legal representation to those alleging they have been sexually harassed. Under the current system, the accused sexual harassers are already provided a lawyer. Critics, however, say the legislation takes away a level of accountability by sidelining the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent watchdog agency.

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