Ranking Member Deutch Statement on Compromise Reached on Sexual Harassment Protections Legislation
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22), Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee, issued this statement on reports that House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise on legislation to reform sexual harassment policies in Congress:
“As women end their silence to expose assault and harassment in the workplace, Congress must follow their lead and fix our broken system.
“As the top Democrat on the House Ethics Committee, I've worked with Republicans and Democrats to push for changes that will improve the independent process for reporting harassment and protecting employee rights. With this compromise legislation, we are making clear that we will not tolerate harassment, abuse, or discrimination in the halls of Congress.
“Employees who have faced harassment and other workplace misconduct have waited too long for fundamental change that finally brings equal footing to our workplaces. While this compromise may not go as far as I’d like, it includes important reforms to protect Congressional employees from abuse and harassment. This is an important next step – but it will not be the last."
On February 6, 2018, the House unanimously passed the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (H.R. 4924) introduced by Ranking Member Deutch, 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.