WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement after a bipartisan group of Members introduced the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (CAA Reform Act).
“I am glad that the CAA Reform Act contains specific reforms that I’ve been advocating for, such as creating an advocate for staff, making members of Congress financially responsible if it’s determined they’ve engaged in harassment, improving training for staff, and requiring the Office of Compliance (OOC) to regularly report information on settlements to the public. We must overhaul outdated laws that do not adequately protect employees and victims of harassment, so we can ensure the congressional workplace is safe and welcoming to all. I believe the CAA Reform Act is a step in that direction. It will strengthen transparency and accountability, create new protections for employees, and prevent taxpayer funds from being used to pay settlements.
“Members of Congress need to walk the talk and lead by example. This is about restoring the people’s trust in their government. Today, with the introduction of this bill, the House is making an important step to do just that. I would like to thank Chair of the Committee on House Administration Gregg Harper for his leadership on this and for leading the comprehensive review of the congressional workplace that made this possible.”
NOTE: In December on the Daily Briefing with Dana Perino, McMorris Rodgers outlined specific reforms to improve the congressional workplace.
We must be taking action to ensure we have a safe workplace in Congress. This is what I believe Congress must do to increase transparency and accountability to prevent sexual harassment. pic.twitter.com/6UhERXkFCn
— CathyMcMorrisRodgers (@cathymcmorris) December 8, 2017