Grassley presses McConnell for vote on sexual harassment bill

Grassley presses McConnell for vote on sexual harassment bill
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Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Tech: Facebook faces crisis over Cambridge Analytica data | Lawmakers demand answers | What to watch for next | Day one of AT&T's merger trial | Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica attracts scrutiny | House passes cyber response team bill | What to know about Russian cyberattacks on energy grid Overnight Finance: Congress races to finish .2T funding bill | What to look for in omnibus | AT&T merger trial kicks off | Stocks fall on tech troubles | Trump targets Venezuelan cryptocurrency | Record SEC whistleblower payout MORE (R-Iowa) urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate tees up Yemen vote for Tuesday Senate confirms Trump's border chief House leaves out ObamaCare fix from must-pass funding bill MORE (R-Ky.) to allow a vote on a bill that he says would strengthen Congress’s sexual harassment policies.

“The House of Representatives has already passed these reforms, and it is now time for the Senate to do the same. I respectfully request that my bill be brought to the Senate floor for a vote as quickly as possible,” Grassley wrote to McConnell in a letter dated March 2.

The letter was first obtained by BuzzFeed News.


The bill Grassley wants a vote on is similar to the one the House passed last month after a number of sexual harassment allegations against congressmen were brought to light.

The bill would require members of Congress to pay the Treasury Department for any settlements that result from harassment complaints and would also overhaul the Office of Compliance, which handles sexual harassment allegations.

Grassley argued that the bill would “promote transparency by requiring the congressional Office of Compliance to publicly, regularly disclose when a congressional office pays a harassment-related award or settlement.”

Compared to how quickly it passed in the House, the bill in the Senate has moved slowly. Senators are hoping to pass something before the end of March, BuzzFeed reported.

“It is my firm belief that Congress should live by the laws it passes, and this bill is a step in the right direction,” Grassley wrote.

Last year, both the House and Senate passed a resolution mandating all members and employees of Congress attend sexual harassment training.