Dec 8, 2017

House to consider sexual harassment reforms in January

J. Scott Applewhite/AP

The chairman of the House Administration Committee Gregg Harper said he plans to push through a bill by late January of next year to reverse a 1995 law that conceals the identities of lawmakers accused of harassments. The Mississippi Republican also told the Washington Examiner that he would also seek to end the practice of using taxpayer money to settle claims.

Why it matters: This comes on the heels of mounting scrutiny over multiple accusations of unwanted sexual advances emerged against several lawmakers. They include Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.). Conyers, Franken and Franks all announced their resignations this week amid the allegations.

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