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Sex and politics: A look at the recent sexual harassment allegations
Across the nation, the women speak out against politicians with claims of sexual harassment. Here is a summary of the recent scandals.
The resignation of two powerful Democratic lawmakers and social conservative Republicans this week, is hardly the wave of sexual misconduct accusations stop and strike against the U.S. Capitol – in fact, more names could soon arise because of the pressure to nix led the secret settlements, that these incidents under wraps for years.
Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., said she was surprised at the number of allegations popping up right now, but suggested to Fox News that there could be more to come — and many more-in the next few weeks.
“The seriousness of it is different now. I think this is a turning point,” she told Fox News. “It doesn’t matter where you come down politically, a predator is a predator.”
“Shame on us for not having addressed it sooner.”
Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif.
The allegations and the impact of coming at a rapid clip, as the post-Weinstein reckoning rips through Congress.
On Thursday, Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken, said he, this office, after several women accused him of sexual misconduct. In Swiss francs the case, three dozen members of his own party, he demanded to leave.
Later that night, Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks announced that he would resign, allegedly to wear to a game room for the questions of two female employees, be a surrogate child.
Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., has announced his resignation after it came to light that he discussed the surrogacy with two subordinates
“I deeply regret that my discussion of this possibility and procedures in the workplace causes distress,” said Franks, who was originally scheduled to delay his last day in Congress until January, but on Friday said it would immediately.
This was after the Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., was forced to retire from the seat he had held for more than five decades, a growing number of sexual harassment claims.
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The Conyers case, in particular, the Intensive monitoring on the unusual system of the Congress for the negotiation of secret settlements with taxpayers ‘ money, in return sexual harassment of sweeping claims under the rug.
“Shame on us for not having dealt with this sooner,” Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said. She called the current system set up to report complaints, “worse than the sexual harassment itself.”
Congress of the process of dealing with complaints, comes from 20-year-old Congressional Accountability Act.
This image of the future-senator Al Franken is probing Leeann Tweeden, as she slept, and touched off a fire storm in Congress
Current law gives everyone a Federal legislator to accuse the right to a sexual harassment lawsuit – but only if you consent to a protracted process that includes the advice and mediation.
The legislator identity, even if he or she is found guilty, remains confidential. If there is a settlement-and since there are more than 200. — it is the American taxpayer on the hook.
Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., says more names will fall
The recent revelations have detailed secret payments of more than $17 million for lawsuits due to harassment, what is essentially a silent Fund.
An impartial ethics watchdog, the Foundation for accountability and the civil-Trust (FACT), has demanded the immediate return of the names of all the legislators linked to the taxable distributions to be paid by the Office of Compliance harassment suits in the past two decades.
“This is an outrageous insult to all the victims, as well as taxpayers,” in fact, the managing Director Kendra Arnold said. “We need not talk and public posturing-we need to change the internal policy and immediate transparency.”
“Congressional leaders must name and every day that passes without action is another day, more innocent people are at risk of becoming a victim of predatory behavior in the workplace,” she told Fox News.
Conyers’ 53-year career in Congress came to an end behaviour, allegations, amid sexual misconduct
Arnold also believes that it is only a matter of time until more legislators will be forced to confront the skeletons in their closets.
“It comes,” she said.
On Thursday, around the same time announced, Swiss francs, his resignation in the Senate, the house of the legislator, the second trial in less than a month, to held, such as the revision of decades-old rules on how complaints are handled, as well as the efforts the names.
Some lawmakers have proposed changes to the law following public anger that sexual harassment issues are not funds settled by using tax.
“Real reforms have not been made to this law thinks since its inception in the year 1995, and our Committee, that the reforms are long overdue,” Mississippi Republican Rep. Gregg Harper, Chairman of the House Administration Committee, said in a statement.
A proposal, the Congressional Accountability and Hush-Fund Elimination Act, which would settle bar the use of tax money to misconduct claims against members of Congress and require disclosure of all settlement payments, together with the legislator as well as the nature of the allegations.
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Another, supported by Comstock, would a victim advocate or Ombudsman.
You also supported, so that victims, the “Chance to come from settlements in the past to move forward, without fear of the consequences of non-disclosure agreements.”
There is no time plan for when something would happen.
Susan Tsui Grundmann, Executive Director of the Office of Compliance, asked the legislature for additional investigative authority to look into complaints. Current law prohibits claims to the office of the investigation of sexual harassment.
She also called for more resources and staff, and legislators asked for a review of the confidentiality requirements under the current law, would allow her office to disclose information that enables Congress leader accused of aim, problematic behavior, or individuals, repeatedly.