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

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntSkepticism grows over Friday deadline for coronavirus deal GOP expects Senate to be in session next week without coronavirus deal House Republicans introduce legislation to give states 0 million for elections 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 DingellMichigan Rep. Debbie Dingell easily wins House primary Court orders release of Black Michigan teen who was jailed for missing schoolwork Lobbying world MORE (D-Mich.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), have shared their own stories about the enviromment on Capitol Hill. 

Speier and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandExpanding our health force can save lives and create jobs simultaneously Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic 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 FrankenCNN publishes first Al Franken op-ed since resignation Political world mourns loss of comedian Jerry Stiller Maher to Tara Reade on timing of sexual assault allegation: 'Why wait until Biden is our only hope?' MORE (D-Minn.) of groping and forcibly kissing her in 2006. 

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