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Lawmakers in the House on Thursday unveiled a bipartisan bill that would prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to settle sexual harassment cases involving members of Congress and overhaul the system for reporting sexual misconduct.

Why it matters: This comes in response to a string of sexual misconduct allegations against members of Congress. The Office of Compliance, set up in 1995 under the Congressional Accountability Act, disclosed last year that Congress has paid more than $17.2 million in tax dollars over the last 20 years to settle 268 sexual misconduct and discrimination cases on Capitol Hill.

Key details of the bill:

  • Under the bill, lawmakers would have 90 days to reimburse the Treasury for awards and settlements paid on their behalf, even after they leave political office.
  • The Office of Compliance would be mandated to report and publish information online every 6 months on awards and settlements. It would include the lawmaker's office, settlement amount, the claims and whether the member has reimbursed the Treasury.
  • House employees would get access to legal consultation, representation, and assistance in proceedings before the Office of Compliance and Committee on Ethics.

Go deeper: Congress has paid $17 million in sexual misconduct and discrimination settlements

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The state of play: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said soon after the news of Ginsburg's death that President Trump's nominee would get a vote on the Senate floor.

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Scoop: Decisive meeting could lead to Israeli-Sudanese normalization

Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan's head of the Sovereign Council, meets with Bahraini aid officials in Khartoum, Sept. 15. Photo: Mazen Mahdi/AFP via Getty Images

U.S., Emirati and Sudanese officials will hold a decisive meeting in Abu Dhabi on Monday on a possible normalization agreement between Sudan and Israel, Sudanese sources told me.

Why it matters: If the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates accommodate Sudan’s requests for economic aid, an announcement on a normalization agreement with Israel similar to the ones struck with the UAE and Bahrain could be made within days, sources briefed on the process tell me.