GOP senator: Capitol Hill's sexual harassment reporting protocol is 'totally inappropriate'

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntGOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election SCOTUS confirmation in the last month of a close election? Ugly MORE (R-Mo.) said on Sunday that the current protocol for reporting sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill is inappropriate and must change as more women come forward to report their experiences. 

"In the current law, if ... you report harassment, you’re the one that has to go into 20 hours of counseling before you can decide whether you were really harassed or not. That’s just totally inappropriate," Blunt told NBC's Andrea Mitchell on "Meet the Press."


"My chief of staff’s a woman, my legislative director’s a woman, my press person is a woman. You wouldn’t want to have an environment where you couldn’t have the best people come, so we put together a working group, Senator [Amy] Klobuchar [D-Minn.] and Senator [Catherine] Cortez Masto [D-Nev.] and Senator [Shelley Moore] Capito [R-W.Va.] and I, Senator [Richard] Shelby [R-Ala.] joined us, we proposed changing our rules so there’s mandatory orientation toward these things," he said. 

Blunt's comments come as the national conversation about sexual harassment has moved to Capitol Hill. 

Various women in Congress, including Reps. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellOn The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline Anxious Democrats amp up pressure for vote on COVID-19 aid Races heat up for House leadership posts MORE (D-Mich.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), have shared their own stories about the enviromment on Capitol Hill. 

Speier and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for SCOTUS confirmation hearings before election Sunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election Suburban moms are going to decide the 2020 election MORE (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation last Wednesday that would overhaul policies to combat and report complaints of sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.

The conversation made major headlines last Thursday after a woman accused 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.) of groping and forcibly kissing her in 2006. 

Franken has since called for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate him.