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Rep. Speier & Sen. Gillibrand to Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent & Respond to Sexual Harassment in Congress

November 14, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Tomorrow, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with Representatives Ryan Costello (R-PA), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), and Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) will introduce bipartisan, comprehensive legislation to prevent and respond to sexual harassment in Congress. The Member and Employee Training and Oversight On (ME TOO) Congress Act will require more transparency, overhaul the flawed complaint process, and provide better support for victims and whistleblowers. Additionally, both the House and Senate bills will require mandatory annual training for Members and staff, implement climate surveys to show the true scope of this problem, afford interns access to the same resources and protections as full-time staff, end forced mediation, and overhaul the process by which Congressional staffers report sexual harassment.

Earlier this month, Reps. Speier (D-CA), Costello (R-PA), Brady (D-PA), and Poliquin (R-ME) introduced the bipartisan H.Res. 604, the CEASE Resolution. It would require all members and staff of the House of Representatives to undergo annual sexual harassment prevention and response training. Today, Speaker Paul Ryan announced that House members and their staff will now be required to undergo mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training. Last week the Senate passed a resolution instituting similar requirements.

Who:          Members of the House and Senate

                    Maya Raghu, Director of Workplace Equality and Senior Counsel, NWLC         

What:         Press Conference to Introduce the ME TOO Congress Act

When:        Wednesday, November 14, 2017, at 12:00 p.m.

Where:      House Radio & TV Gallery, Studio A, (HVC 117)

Contact:

Tracy Manzer (Speier) (202) 225-3531 (W) / (202) 538-0641 (C)

tracy.manzer@mail.house.gov 

Whitney Brennan (Gillibrand) (202-224-3873)

Whitney_brennan@gillibrand.senate.gov

Natalie McLaughlin (Costello) 202-225-4315

natalie.mclaughlin@mail.house.gov

Brendan Conley (Poliquin) 202-225-6306

brendan.conley@mail.house.gov

Nick Brown (Kuster) (202) 597-1894

Nick.Brown@mail.house.gov

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