Senate Passes Bill Requiring Sexual Harassment Training in Senate

Senator Amy Klobuchar (AP/Photo)

November 10, 2017
OAN Newsroom

The Senate will now require sexual harassment training for all senators, staffers, and interns.

The provision passed unanimously on Thursday in the wake of five national lawmakers going public with their own stories of workplace harassment.

Offices must complete the training within 60 days, and their compliance will be posted online so the American public can hold lawmakers accountable.

The bipartisan legislation was written by Senators Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar with the support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“We know it won’t stop on its own…We will not be complacent bystanders that expect workplace bystanders to change on their own,” announced Senator Klobuchar. “That’s why today, with a bipartisan group of 19 of our colleagues, we took a major step forward with this bill.”

Other legislation aimed to overhaul the workplace reporting and accountability system is also making its way through the Senate.

  • Charlene Rider

    I suppose if they believe they cannot conduct themselves with moral decency I don’t mind if they have
    the training, but they should pay for it personally, and not put this on the taxpayer. But to be clear, you
    know if you are ‘harassing someone’ sexually or otherwise and if you don’t, you don’t belong in a

    position of public trust.

  • slohunter

    Where is this senator amy guy from?

  • Ezra Tank

    Sign me up for the first class: “Where to hide the cigar on Monica”

  • Ezra Tank

    Had the liberals not embraced so many deviant life styles then we wouldn’t need classes to teach us what is right and wrong.

  • Tango Uniform

    Just have every member wear a paper bag over their heads sporting an image of Nancy Pelosi.

  • Bruce Johnson

    this is what we pay McConnel for? I mean I hate to overwork him but how about joining forces with our president?

  • ginjit.dw

    WHY? Next they will all be in sex rehab… this appears to be a pre-emptive move…

  • Letmesay

    Much much more important problems need addressed. But this issue makes its way through the Senate like asap.
    Sexual harassment training will not change anything. It takes two to tango in most cases. If a person has to wait 30+years to speak up at a very special time then it’s too late. The only solution is to sue the person who did the assault as soon as possible.

  • survivor50

    “Sexual Harassment Training in Senate…” ???
    Are you kidding me ??? I thought they knew how to do that YEARS ago !!!
    Oh…that kind of ” TRAINING ” well then…carry on …

  • Fidgets

    I’d rather see you idiots have ‘Accomplish something’ training or maybe classes on ‘How to represent your constituents w/o being a self serving greedy arse’ . Those I’d be willing to pay for. I am not willing to pay for your grandstanding c r a p

  • iwontell

    Senator Klobuchar – another HAG on the loose
    The Sen’s ought to wag their weenies when in session.

    Maybe that would send the BIT*H to the Asylum

  • Debby Provance Cook

    Window dressing, pure and simple

  • Sgt. Schultz

    What Women or Men came forward with allegations of sexual harassment to warrant this wast of taxpayer money?

  • RockyMt, CO

    Good grief. I read else where they have always kept it secret who got charged in congress with sexual harassment. This is laughable. Classes on sexual harassment?!! It will probably be the only time any of them
    learn….they don’t listen to their constituents to Learn their concerns. MEH

  • Pezgun

    From what I can see they don’t need any training, they’re good enough at it to teach the class.

  • Easyrinos

    The senate can pass a frivolous bill like this one, but when it comes to matters like repealing obamacare or passing a balanced budget amendment they are quite worthless.

  • mickey2829

    this should have been done when bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky were caught.

  • Ed L

    Take away there health care

  • Roger Belcher

    Soon it will be illegal to be male.

  • intimeforthedime

    Hoooorrrrray! They actually did something!
    Although it is junk and a complete waste of human excrement, it is something, yeah for them.

  • nfcapitalist

    Only new law I think we need is to make any judge or public official who turns loose a career criminal on bail or any other reason for release will be charged as an accomplice to crimes committed while free among the law abiding population.

  • Ron Brown

    lmao… when it comes to “CYA” they can get it done…..

  • brandehhh

    Eeeeeveryone should do extra training but adults should already know. Its not rocket science.

  • Scott

    So, does this exempt Congress from Sexual Harassment charges?

    • Lori2017

      I think it helps the insurance premiums down; not that Congress would do that for saving moneys sake.

    • Debby Provance Cook

      Ding, ding, ding!

  • landy fincannon

    Why not pass an anti-nepotism bill or doing away with insider trading?

    • HarryObrian

      Why not start a war on drugs or stop ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION or create a fair tax system or repeal BarryCare/HillaryCare2 or remove all the Barry Soetoro leftovers from the current administration or maybe indict people like Hillary, Louis Lerner, Comey etc for their crimes? Nah, let’s throw something ridiculously shiny at the stupid constituents and watch them be distracted.

  • Bucky Barkingham

    Notice how they waited until Kennedy and Dodd were no longer Senators to institute this training.

  • IceColdLogic

    Removing the secret fund for federal politicians to defend themselves against sexual harassment allegations would have been a far better use of the senate’s time. Oh, wait… that would have been ACTUAL change as opposed to just lip service.

  • fatboy46

    The Senate doesn’t know how to sexually harass women? Wow!

  • C B

    Wait ! They should all have Transgender training too and all be required to wear Pink Tutu’s while in training .

    • pippin2

      First they have to learn the 57 genders and each proper name.. I had to look up “cisgender” and gave up after that.

  • Ravishingrusel

    If they attempt to pass Amnesty DACA we need a 3rd party immediately and vote for article 5

    • landy fincannon

      Article 5.
      Well, make sure to include a mean it “clause” this time.
      Perhaps that’ll make them follow the constitution they are not abiding by now.

  • Hans Pfall


    (a) Take a good look at that photo. Sen. Klobuchar has exactly zero chance of being sexually harassed. By anyone. Ever.

    (b) Considering some of the slime-balls in Congress, I doubt that they need to be trained how to sexually harass someone, esp. if they’re Democrats. I’m sure they’re quite good at it. (Oh wait…I misunderstood the headline. Sorry.)

    (c) Haven’t we turned everyone into big enough wimps yet? Can’t anyone get hit on and just say “Screw off, jerk”? Can’t anyone be uncomfortable for five seconds without suddenly developing PTSD? Can’t people deal with an insult? An offhand remark? A Halloween costume? ANYTHING?

    (d) Doesn’t it bother anyone that Congress is saying “We know it won’t stop on its own…We will not be complacent bystanders that expect workplace bystanders to change on their own”? In other words, adults who are working at government’s highest levels cannot control themselves, so government will do it for them. (Think about that. “We must have mandatory government oversight and control of ourselves so we won’t do the things we don’t want ourselves to do.” Even Orwell didn’t go this far!)

    • brandehhh

      (a) is actually possible

      • Hans Pfall

        Oh lord, please, NO!!!

    • nfcapitalist

      Another law that won’t be enforced… treason for money, insider trading and look at the USAF who can’t remember to add bad conduct, dishonorable discharges, and family assaults to the FBI list to prevent firearm purchases… and the federal government needs more laws they can’t keep track of?

    • Jenny O

      b) LOL!
      c) Exactly! That’s what I did when I was young, if my attempts at kinder rejection failed; otherwise, it was considered being a tease. Then there are those occasions that are used to angle for a promotion or special treatment.
      Of course, the seriously threatening cases now become diminished.
      c) Very astute point! Why do they require such training–these LAWmakers of ours!

      • Hans Pfall

        See, the trouble with you and me is we’re not delicate, infinitely offended, perpetual victims. We’re normal people…a dying breed. For example, I was just doing some woodwork, got distracted and drove a staple into my finger. A rookie move, but it happens. Do I sue the staple manufacturer? Do I immediately go to the ER or (were I working for someone) demand workman’s comp benefits? Nope. I pour some alcohol on it, scrub it with a washcloth, use a little Neosporin, bandage it up and get back to work. What a concept! Hang in there, Jenny.

        • iwontell

          Don’t be so logical……..the MORONS won’t understand.

          • HarryObrian

            Actually, don’t be so logical because it gives these fragile snowflakes something to aim against.

        • pippin2

          Before you sue the staple manufacturer, be sure to go to the media.
          I spent almost 10 years as a military nurse and must have been one ugly female (yeah, I knew what I was!) because I don’t recall ever being harassed by any of the males and if I was, I took care of it myself. And now years later I am not going to the media with some flashback!

          • Hans Pfall

            Beauty is as beauty does. You look pretty good to me! (Thanks for your service, too.)

    • iwontell

      Well (a) is right……..even a “paper sack” wouldn’t help……..looks a lot like Hag Warren…….she’s not in danger either.
      What gets my A&& is that they get voted in………something is really “F” up in society.

      • HarryObrian

        There’s 100 staffers, male and female that would do her with the lights on in a heartbeat to get ahead, not to mention the ones she can buy.. This course will be designed to teach them how to be more discreet to avoid being caught.
        That awful crap you smell is Rome burning.

    • HarryObrian

      Personally I would rather be sexually harassed than have to drive thru Long Island or ride the NYC subway and be in fear for my life or have to watch a young relative overdose on Fentanyl or heroin,,, but let’s waste money training the horny pages who screw flaccid old politicians to get ahead in the game how to do it discreetly.
      And don’t kid yourself, there are a 100 staffers who would do Sen. Klobuchar to get a leg up in the DC cesspool.

    • pippin2

      Dynamite comment!

    • Letmesay

      (a)She is probably afraid someone will accidentally tap her with their notebook in the wrong place…GOD forbid.
      (b)Slick Willy he was their teacher.

  • Ravishingrusel

    Notice Congress wouldn’t pass legislation on having drug test yearly for all members and staff!.

    • HarryObrian

      Weekly would be more effective, they’d only catch the heroin addicts with a yearly one.

  • Eddie

    waste of my money!!!

  • Roscoe

    That gang of intern molesting, female groping deviates needs training.

    • HarryObrian

      That molesting is actually wanted and willing rape. Nothing has changed, it takes the same steps to become a staffer as it has for the past 200 years.

      • Roscoe

        No young women wants some old geezer groping her. Some will pay that price to fulfill their job ambitions just as some young actresses will do their best work on their back in early years to fulfill their ambitions but the point is that it is WRONG to allow such a system to exist. The men that use their position to do so should be castrated and imprisoned for life. They are sexual deviates that prey on women. These men that do this are not powerful. They are all low life gutter crawling scum sucking low life’s who can’t get a date because they are not really men.

  • Numerical Logic

    So, this is what it’s come to…

    • Hans Pfall

      They are just getting started. You can NOT be allowed to run your own life or make your own decisions. The Trump election proved that. Now your overlords are going to make sure you never stray off the farm again.

      • brandehhh

        Wtf?

        • HarryObrian

          Liberals think they’re free and that President Trump is shackling them… it’s that bizarro world logic where up is down and black is white mentality they have. They learn it in the pubic de-education centers.

      • LILIBETH

        Just the opposite. The people finally said We are as mad as h*** and we aren’t going to take it anymore -hence …..PRESIDENT TRUMP . MAGA

  • KMA

    Good grief if you haven’t learned by the 7th grade WTF! What a waste of time and taxpayers money.

    • HarryObrian

      AKA Congress…
      These are old people who are totally out of touch with reality and who are desperately seeking advice on how to connect with their perceived slaves and ants who put them there. They blindly and ignorantly seek out the advice of their young de-educated snowflake staffers who come up with this pathetic crap while the real issues take forever as they serve as nothing more than vehicles of graft for their retirement funds.
      A troop of horny monkeys could better than what sits in the DC swamp.

  • Roy Beane

    Whatta Joke. The Congress has always set the standard for sexual harrassment, in fact they are Professionals at it. They don’t need more training to learn HOW. Just kiddin. ha.

    • LILIBETH

      My sentiments exactly