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What Congress is doing about its harassment problem

House Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Jackie Speier are both working to address harassment in Congress. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, Charles Dharapak / AP

In response to the flood of sexual harassment and assault allegations, members of both chambers have introduced three bills and requirements aimed at harassment culture in Congress.

  1. "Me Too": Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Wednesday introduced the "Me Too" Act, calling for more transparency in the harassment complaint process on the Hill.
  2. House training: House Speaker Paul Ryan also announced on Wednesday that all House members and staff will have to complete anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training.
  3. Senate training: The Senate passed legislation last week requiring all senators and staff to go through anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training.
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