America is having a “come to Jesus” moment when it comes to sexual harassment.
While many politicians would like to claim the moral high ground on this issue, the truth is, they can’t.
And you won’t believe the shocking amount of taxpayer money the House of Representatives paid out to settle sexual harassment cases!
In just the last 10 to 15 years, the House alone has paid out $15 MILLION to settle sexual harassment suits.
Democrat Rep. Jackie Speier of California revealed during a House Administration Committee hearing Tuesday that there are currently two members of Congress who are known to be sexual harassers: One Democrat and one Republican. Speier was one member who testified at the hearing titled: “Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Congressional Workplace.”
“In fact, there are two members of Congress –Republican and Democrat– right now, who serve, who have been subject to review or have not been subject to review, but have engaged in sexual harassment,” she said.
Rep. Speier did not name the individuals, but said victims had had “their private parts grabbed on the House floor” and accused an unnamed colleague of “exposing their genitals.”
“All they ask in return as staff members is to be able to work in a hostile-free work environment,” she continued. “They want the system fixed and the perpetrators held accountable.”
But despite your tax dollars being used to settle such cases, under the current system, taxpayers have no right to know which members of Congress are engaging in this behavior.
The Washington Examiner quotes Barbara Comstock (R-VA) recounting a story she heard second hand to the committee:
“I wanted to close with something that I just had somebody tell me recently. This is about a member who is here now. I don’t know who it is, but somebody who I trust told me this situation,” Comstock said.
“This member asked a staffer to bring them over some materials to their residence. This young staffer — it was a woman — this younger staffer went there and was greeted with a member in a towel. It was a male who then invited her in. At that point, he decided to expose himself. She left and then she quit her job,” Comstock told the committee.
“This is really a much more complex situation … I think we need to have more training, know about the violence that we’re seeing in some of these situations that are criminal,” she added. “I would argue that that’s probably a crime in that situation.”
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