Klobuchar taking over Franken's sexual assault bill
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate harassment bill runs into opposition from House Senate approves new sexual harassment policy for Congress Senators introduce bill to overhaul sexual harassment policy MORE (D-Minn.) is taking over Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenSenators introduce bill to overhaul sexual harassment policy Ex-White House ethics counsel: More evidence against Trump than there ever was against Nixon 100 days after House passage, Gillibrand calls on Senate to act on sexual harassment reform MORE's sexual assault survivors bill in the wake of sexual allegations against him.

Klobuchar's office confirmed on Monday that she would now be the legislation's sponsor.

"Senator Klobuchar spoke with Abby [Honold] this weekend. They had a good conversation, and Senator Klobuchar told Abby that she will be sponsoring the bill," said Ben Hill, Klobuchar's state director.

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Honold, who was raped at the University of Minnesota in 2014, had been working with Franken (D-Minn.) on a bill to train law enforcement on how to interview survivors of sexual assault.

But The Washington Post reported that Honold was searching for a new sponsor for the bill after radio host Leeann Tweeden accused Franken of kissing and groping her without her consent in 2006.

A second woman, Lindsay Menz, also told CNN that Franken inappropriately grabbed her in 2010 at the Minnesota State Fair.

Klobuchar's sponsorship of the forthcoming sexual assault bill comes after she pushed for the Senate to make its sexual harassment training mandatory.

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