WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) was joined by her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to introduce the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (CAA Reform Act). Led by Committee on House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper (MS-3), the CAA Reform Act is co-sponsored by Committee Ranking Member Robert Brady (PA-1), and the Members of the Committee on House Administration, Representatives Rodney Davis (IL-13), Barbara Comstock (VA-10), Mark Walker (NC-6), Adrian Smith (NE-3), Barry Loudermilk (GA-11), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), and Jamie Raskin (MD-8). In addition, the bill is cosponsored by Representatives Bradley Byrne (AL-1), Jackie Speier (CA-14), and Committee on Ethics Chairwoman Susan Brooks (IN-5) and Ranking Member Ted Deutch (FL-22); and Rep. Speier.
“Congress is finally cleaning House with the introduction of this groundbreaking and bipartisan legislation. All of us, regardless of geography or party, have heard from our constituents that Members of Congress must not be allowed to abuse staff, get away with it, and stick taxpayers with the bill,” Rep. Speier said. “I am proud to have worked with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to craft what I believe is a strong, comprehensive reform to the congressional process that will empower victims and hold Members accountable. I am also confident that we will not stop here. The #MeToo movement is driving change from boardrooms to breakrooms, and I am committed to ensuring Congress looks beyond itself to improve the lives of all workers and Americans.”
The Committee, working with Rep. Speier, worked collectively to identify the necessary reforms that ensure the initiation, investigation, and adjudication processes, protect the rights of employees, as well as create a safer work environment within the Legislative Branch. That process included two Committee hearings with experts on these topics, multiple listening sessions with Members, a roundtable with stakeholders, as well as meetings with victims’ advocates.
A graphic depicting the current process can be found here, and a graphic showing how the new process will work can be found here. A one-pager of the bill can be read here, and the bill text can be found here.