ongressman Bruce Poliquin joined Congresswoman Jackie Speier and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to introduced bipartisan 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, give interns and fellows the same protections as full-time staff, and end forced mediation.
“Every employee should always feel safe and comfortable in their own workplace, and its past time that Congress acts to ensure the employees in the Legislative Branch have the support to act on and prevent sexual harassment,” said Congressman Poliquin. “I applaud Congresswoman Speier for her bravery in bringing this issue to the forefront and am proud to work across the aisle and across the Capitol to make these necessary fixes. There can be no tolerance of any kind for sexual harassment anywhere—period.”
Earlier this month, Congressman Poliquin and Congresswoman Speier 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.
Yesterday, 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.