WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) today released the following statement after the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced its plan to tighten restrictions on federal grants to help eliminate the promotion and protection of sexual harassers and predators in academia. The steps taken by the NSF mirror those outlined in Rep. Speier’s bill, H.R. 6161, The Federal Funding Accountability for Sexual Harassers Act introduced in the 114th Congress and which will be reintroduced later this year.
“Sexual harassers have no place in science, and there have been far too many cases of professors sexually assaulting or harassing their students and employees, yet they continued to receive millions in taxpayer-funded grants,” Congresswoman Speier said. “I commend the NSF for taking this important step to stop taxpayer money from flowing to those who misuse it. But this landmark decision would not have been possible without the brave women and men who have come forward to tell their stories. I hope that the other federal research agencies will immediately follow the NSF’s lead and put their money where their mouth is. No one should have to put up with sexual misconduct in order to realize their academic dreams.”