Nov 21, 2017 - Politics & Policy

Paul Ryan: BuzzFeed harassment story is "extremely troubling"

Photo: J. Scott Applewhite / AP

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) called the sexual harassment allegations published by BuzzFeed News against Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) "extremely troubling" and said he's asked for a review of "all policies and procedures related to workplace harassment and discrimination," according to a statement released this morning.

Why it matters: This is the first House member to be specifically named in a sexual harassment allegation since Rep. Jackie Speier has drawn attention to problems in Congress's harassment claim process. Paul Ryan has already called for all House members and staff to undergo anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training.

His statement:

"This report is extremely troubling. Last month, I directed the Committee on House Administration to conduct a full review of all policies and procedures related to workplace harassment and discrimination. A Committee hearing last week examining this issue led to a new policy of mandatory training for all members and staff. Additional reforms to the system are under consideration as the committee continues its review. People who work in the House deserve and are entitled to a workplace without harassment or discrimination."

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