November 10, 2017
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.