Skip to comments.Congress in no rush to hold themselves accountable for sexual harassment payments
Posted on 12/09/2018 5:11:40 PM PST by Kaslin
Do you recall, back during the initial rush of the #MeToo moment, when we discovered that legislators in the House and Senate had slush funds available to pay for the silence of sexual harassment accusers? There was a general uproar over that and we were assured that the members were going to get right to work on cleaning up their act. Good times, my friends. But what happened to that project?
As it turns out, not much. There were proposals written, and the House actually passed a bill, but when it hit the Senate, nobody could ever seem to agree on the details. And now, with the lame duck session drawing to a close, we don’t seem to be much closer to a final bill being passed. (Boston Globe)
Lawmakers are scrambling to finish a long-promised deal to tackle sexual harassment on Capitol Hill over a year after a series of harassment scandals forced several members of Congress to resign.
We are much closer than weve ever been, and we are aiming to be in the end-of-the-year [legislative] package, said Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, a leader on the Senates version of the bill, last week. People really want to get it done.
Under the current rules, members of Congress have been able to use taxpayer dollars for settlements stemming from sexual harassment allegations.
Klobuchar makes it sound as if they’re close to the finish line, but are they really? The House passed legislation back in February (unanimously!) that would make members personally liable for such payments in cases of both sexual harassment and discrimination complaints, end the slush fund and introduce more transparency. But somehow the Senate couldn’t seem to agree to it.
The Senate version of the bill only holds members liable for harassment claims, not discrimination. And the transparency issue seems to be a bit more cloudy. Thus far, all Mitch McConnell has said is the same statement he released a few months ago, saying the Senate would “pass something” by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the two chambers are now looking at passing separate bills having different standards for the House and Senate.
How was this ever viewed as anything but a layup? If there are credible accusations against the members by their staffers that either discrimination or sexual harassment are going on, that is of automatic interest to the voting public. If hush money is being paid to the accusers on the taxpayers’ dime, the level of interest and need for transparency shoots through the roof. Who precisely is holding up that vote in the Senate?
Assuming they get something either shoehorned into the final appropriations bill or pushed forward on a standalone vote, they have to know that everyone is going to be watching and counting up the names on each side. In the current climate around the nation, voting against such accountability measures should be an automatic trigger for a primary challenge in the next available election. The fact that the House bill didn’t immediately pass in the Senate and land on the President’s desk is a low point in an already dubious public record on this issue.
The Dems will start that program back up again times 10
Of course not..Dems NEVER want to prosecute their own..instead they are going to go after President Trump for using his OWN, yes his OWN money, to pay a lying skank
No doubt, POTUS has the list of who’s who on that list.
He’ll use that leverage as need be when the time comes.
Congress - 435 people who think they know what is best for everyone else but avoid accountability and responsibility for themselves as much as possible.
I bet there is plenty of guilt to go around explains all the retirements.In DC they cavort in restaurant bathrooms.The joke is never let your children go to the bathroom alone in DC.
Any rule, regulation, evidence or scandal only matters to democrats when they can use it on someone they oppose (or can’t use any more).
.... This Nation was founded upon and Fueled by “PERSONAL” Responsibility ..... So why are our Constitutional Representatives so anathema to their duties ..... AND Obligations ....
The USA now has a two-tiered justice system. One for Elites and RATs and one for the public peeons and Republicans. I defy anyone to refute this axiom.
If these payments were to buy silence in preparation for campaigns, perhaps they are campaign finance act violations.
Unaccountable Unipartarians detached from the citizens of the republic.
Trending totalitarian...”no controlling legal authority”...supercriminals...ALERT!
Over 17 million of tax payer money dollars were paid out over congressional sex harassment lawsuits.
I want that info made public!!!
But they want to indict Trump for arranging to pay for an NDA as a private citizen with private funds...
AMERICANS DEMAND TO KNOW THE SCOPE AND DIMENSION
OF TAX DOLLARS EXTORTED FOR POLS’ SEXUAL ABUSE PAYOFFS-——
It came in many forms:
<><> tax-paid hush money disguised as bonuses to victims
<><> tax-paid severances to victims
<><> no-show jobs to silence victims
<><> tax-paid legal assistance to victims
<><> payouts from the Office of Compliance
<><> payouts from tax-paid office budgets
<><> all other forms of tax-paid bribery
<><> all other forms of tax-paid hush money.
ACTION NOW-——Call President Trump: Comments: 202-456-1111 Switchboard: 202-456-1414
CONTACT CONGRESS: Capitol Switchboard 1-866-220-0044
U.S. Department of Justice Comment Line: 202-353-1555 Switchboard: 202-514-2000
They want to impeach Trump for doing the same thing. Just dont accuse them of hypocrisy.
How many of the ‘Rats in RINO clothing who abandoned the House are on the list?
I embellish it:
It is a multi-tiered system:
We The People are far below Robert Mueller, but he is below Barry Soetoro.
The whole basis for fallguys is that the system is not only rigged but multi-tiered.
All the dead bodies of powerful persons in the wake of the Clintons’ decades-long crime spree attest to this truth.
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