November 16, 2017

The flurry of sexual harassment allegations this week reached Congress. That was hardly a surprise, but the news that over the past 20 years, Congress’ Office of Compliance has handed out over $15 million of our tax money in settlements was an eye-opener. To clarify, that includes settlements of all types of discrimination claims, and it’s not clear how many were claims of sexual harassment or discrimination. Although if it’s even one, it’s more than I think my taxes should be paying for. Sexual harassment shouldn’t be a taxpayer-paid perk of office.

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Meanwhile, after female lawmakers accused at least one member of each party of sexual harassment, Sen. Lindsay Graham is calling for them to be named. He has a point: it’s not fair to other potential victims to cover for alleged harassers, but it’s also not fair to make vague accusations that leave dozens of innocent members under a cloud of suspicion. If someone in Congress sexually harassed a staffer, then let those members’ names be known. And let them be written on the bottoms of large personal settlement checks to the victims.


UPDATE:  Senator Al Franken has been accused of harassment by someone in the media. LEARN MORE HERE.

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  • Michele Crabtree

    11/16/2017 11:04 PM

    So, for 20 years this fund has been paying settlements...that would indicate it was established under the administration of none other than - you guessed it - Bill Clinton. Were any of those funds paid on his behalf? Would love to know the rest of this story.

  • Charlie Ward

    11/16/2017 10:34 PM

    A real shocker, eh?