House considering further sexual harassment reforms: report

House considering further sexual harassment reforms: report
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The chairman of the House Administration Committee plans to move a bill through the panel that would reverse a law concealing the identities of lawmakers accused of harassment. 

Rep. Gregg HarperGregory (Gregg) Livingston HarperCongress sends bill overhauling sexual harassment policy to Trump's desk Dems cry foul in undecided N.C. race Mississippi New Members 2019 MORE (R-Miss.) told the Washington Examiner that his committee is working on legislation to reform the 1995 Congressional Accountability Act, which requires settlements to be kept under wraps and allows lawmakers' offices to use taxpayer money to settle claims.

That legislation could pass through the committee by late January, he said.

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"My goal is that we would have all this resolved and have a markup at the end of January," Harper told the Examiner, saying that the committee was working to "tear apart" the 1995 law.

The push to undo the Congressional Accountability Act comes as a number of powerful men in politics, business, media and other industries face allegations of sexual misconduct, in some cases going back years or decades.

Sexual harassment in Congress has garnered particular scrutiny in recent weeks after allegations emerged against several lawmakers, including former Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersBiden's immigration plan has serious problems Tlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary Tlaib holds lead in early vote count against primary challenger MORE Jr. (D-Mich.), Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenGOP Senate candidate says Trump, Republicans will surprise in Minnesota Peterson faces fight of his career in deep-red Minnesota district Getting tight — the psychology of cancel culture MORE (D-Minn.) and Rep. Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdThe biggest political upsets of the decade Members spar over sexual harassment training deadline Female Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations MORE (R-Texas).

Conyers and Franken announced their resignations from Congress this week. 

Several lawmakers have introduced measures that would rewrite parts of the Congressional Accountability Act.