House to vote on anti-harassment training resolution next week

House to vote on anti-harassment training resolution next week
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The House is set to vote next week on a resolution that would require all members and their staffers to undergo anti-harassment training. 

"Since becoming Chairman in January, I have made it a priority to improve the overall professionalism of the House of Representatives," Rep. Gregg HarperGregory (Gregg) Livingston HarperEthics watchdog: 'Substantial' evidence GOP lawmaker improperly spent funds, misused position to help brother Congress sends bill overhauling sexual harassment policy to Trump's desk Dems cry foul in undecided N.C. race MORE (R-Miss.), the chairman of the House Administration Committee, said Friday.

"Instituting mandatory training is a first step in ensuring we are creating a safe and productive environment for everyone in the House.”

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House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.) said last week that all members and their staffs would be required to complete anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training. That training was previously optional.

The Senate voted earlier this month on a similar resolution requiring senators, staffers and interns to complete mandatory training. 

The House vote comes as a growing number of powerful men in politics, business, media and entertainment face allegations of sexual impropriety.

In the House, Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersThe faith community can help pass a reparations bill California comes to terms with the costs and consequences of slavery Democrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote MORE Jr. (D-Mich.) has faced multiple allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior toward female former staffers. And in the Senate, Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenFranken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Al Franken on another Senate run: 'I'm keeping my options open' Andrew Cuomo and the death of shame MORE (D-Minn.) has been accused of forcibly kissing and groping a woman in 2006, as well as inappropriately touching another woman in 2010.