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

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Former Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon passes on Senate campaign The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands 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 DingellNearly 140 Democrats urge EPA to 'promptly' allow California to set its own vehicle pollution standards The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi considers adding GOP voices to Jan. 6 panel Mercedes-Benz going all-electric by 2025 MORE (D-Mich.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), have shared their own stories about the enviromment on Capitol Hill. 

Speier and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandTreat broadband as infrastructure and we have a chance to get it right House panel looks to help military sexual assault survivors To make energy green, remove red tape 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 FrankenCould Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? Al Franken to launch 15-stop comedy tour Democrats, GOP face crowded primaries as party leaders lose control MORE (D-Minn.) of groping and forcibly kissing her in 2006. 

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