House Passes Rep. Deutch's Bill to Strengthen Sexual Harassment Protections in Congress
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the bipartisan "Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act" (H.R. 4924) introduced by Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Ethics. This legislation will improve workplace protections in Congress and strengthen responses to sexual harassment cases. The House also unanimously passed House Resolution 724, which requires every Congressional office to adopt an anti-harassment policy.
Upon passage, Congressman Deutch issued the following statement:
“The halls of Congress are not absent from sexual harassment. Just like every other workplace in America, we need to strengthen our anti-harassment policies for Congressional offices to create a safe environment for all employees. We are sending an important message to the entire country that perpetrators - even Members of Congress - will be held accountable. With unanimous passage of this bill in the House, we are starting to change the culture by preventing future abuse and empowering victims to seek justice without fear of retribution.”
The legislation was introduced by a bipartisan group of Members including Committee on Ethics Chairwoman Susan Brooks (R-IN), Committee on House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Ranking Member Bob Brady (D-PA), and Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA), Bradley Byrne (R-AL), and others.
A fact sheet on the bill can be accessed here. Video of Congressman Deutch's remarks can be viewed here.