Smucker-Supported Anti-Harassment Bill Passes House
Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a bipartisan resolution cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) that would require every House member, officer, and employee to complete anti-harassment training each session of Congress.
“There is absolutely no place for sexual harassment of any kind in the workplace. Recently revealed cases make it clear that Congress must improve its efforts to stop all forms of harassment,” said Rep. Smucker. “The bipartisan resolution passed by the House today is a good first step towards ensuring all Members and employees are trained on anti-harassment and anti-discrimination procedures, and know what resources are available to them. I have taken the harassment training myself, as has my staff, and I encourage all Members and employees on Capitol Hill to do so as soon as practicable.
“I am also glad that House Administration Committee Chairman Gregg Harper will be holding a hearing next week that will reexamine the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to determine what changes must be made to further prevent sexual harassment on Capitol Hill.”
Introduced by Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA-10), the bipartisan resolution will:
- Require every House Member, officer and employee to complete workplace rights and responsibilities training, including anti-discrimination and anti-harassment training, each session of each Congress. This includes interns, fellows, and detailees from other federal offices. Training must be completed 90 days after hire and 90 days after the start of each session.
- Allow Members, offices and employees to complete the training within 180 days after the start of the second session of the 115th Congress.