Chair McMorris Rodgers on Sexual Harassment: “At the end of the day, this is about respect”

This morning, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) led the weekly House Republican Leadership Stakeout to discuss progress on the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act and steps the House is taking to prevent discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. She also invited Committee on House Administration Chair Gregg Harper (R-MS) to join and share his perspective.

Key excerpt from the Chair’s remarks:

“This Thanksgiving, I was reminded again of the blessing of being an American and living in a country that protects and defends every person’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Especially now with our tax reform bill having passed the House and being considered in the Senate, I think of how our plan will create opportunities for everyone to have that better life.

“The opportunity to succeed isn’t limited to tax reform. Success happens when people are given the opportunity to thrive — to reach their full potential. Part of that is ensuring that they have a workplace that is safe and secure. Like many Americans, I’m troubled by the reports of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior in the workplace. It’s rocking Capitol Hill as well as elsewhere around the country. This is not who we are. We can and we must do better.

“We need to take a step back to the larger issue of civility and how we treat each other in this country. There are many genuinely good people serving in Congress as the trusted representatives of the people, and we should be leading by example and we should be held to a higher standard. We must walk the talk, and at the end of the day this is about respect and a commitment to civility to everyone. Each one of us must be doing our part to lead by example and rebuild the moral fabric of our country. This is about the Golden Rule. This is about restoring trust.”