Senators push for funding bill to include money for sexual harassment training
© Greg Nash

Two female senators are urging Senate leadership to include funding for sexual harassment training in the upcoming short-term spending bill.

Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPoll: More voters oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination than support it Feinstein's office says it has received threats over Kavanaugh Ford taps Obama, Clinton alum to navigate Senate hearing MORE (R-Maine) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care: HHS diverts funds to pay for detaining migrant children | Health officials defend transfers | Lawmakers consider easing drug company costs in opioids deal Trump health official defends funding shifts to pay for detained migrant children Judiciary Democrat calls for additional witnesses to testify on Kavanaugh MORE (D-Wash.) sent a letter on Thursday to Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKey GOP senators appear cool to Kavanaugh accuser's demand Trump hints at new executive action on immigration, wants filibuster-proof Senate majority The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — The Hill interviews President Trump MORE (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump slams Sessions in exclusive Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation MORE (D-N.Y.) asking that the provision be included in the government funding legislation.

"Given the urgency of this problem, we ask that any continuing resolution or omnibus appropriations bill provide additional funding to support updated and improved training for all legislative branch employees, including members and all staff working in the Capitol complex and state offices," Collins and Murray wrote in the letter, which was also sent to Sens. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranGOP Senate candidate to African Americans: Stop begging for 'government scraps' Trump endorses Hyde-Smith in Mississippi Senate race GOP Senate candidate doubles down on Robert E. Lee despite Twitter poll MORE (R-Miss.) and Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyDem senator praises Ford opening the door to testifying Ford opens door to testifying next week Senate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh MORE (D-Vt.), the top two members on the Appropriations Committee.


The Senate passed a resolution last month making sexual harassment training mandatory. Murray and Collins noted that "sufficient funding" needs to be included so the Office of Compliance can implement the new rules.

Congress has to pass a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government by Dec. 22 in order to prevent a shutdown.

In addition to funding, Collins and Murray are also pushing for the legislation to include "measures to improve the ways that congressional offices respond to both the causes and consequences of these incidents." 

The two senators pitched potential changes, including reforming the complaint process and including "every member of the Congressional community" under the Congressional Accountability Act.

The request comes as Capitol Hill has been rocked in recent weeks by allegations of sexual misconduct involving several members.

Rep. Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdFormer aides alleging sexual harassment on Capitol Hill urge congressional action AP Analysis: 25 state lawmakers running in 2018 have been accused of sexual misconduct Ex-lawmakers see tough job market with trade groups MORE (R-Texas), who was under scrutiny for allegations of sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment, said Thursday that he will not run for reelection.

And in the Senate, Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls #MeToo era shows there's almost never only one accuser, says Hill.TV's Krystal Ball Hypocrisy in Kavanaugh case enough to set off alarms in DC MORE (D-Minn.) is stepping down after several women came forward to accuse him of inappropriate conduct, including forced kissing and groping.