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Sexual Harassment Blockade

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Collin, Opinion Editor & Director

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Sexual Harassment Blockade

 

       January 23, 2018 Congress introduced The Bipartisan Bill which is in direct response to the ever growing #Metoo movement sweeping the nation. The bill, according to CNN will, “ … make it harder for the public to learn about cases of misconduct, and victims have complained the new process could make it even harder to sue members of Congress.”[1]. The bill would fog transparency of the state and stripping the people of the ability to understand the allegations taking place on Capitol Hill, but also make it harder for Men, and Women to sue and claim sexual assault on those in the house. Republican Blake Farenthold used taxpayer money to settle an $84,000 sexual harassment claim according to Politico which is outrageous knowing our taxes are going towards covering up and keeping quiet Men, and Women in the house who have been sexually harassed and assaulted [2]. The Office of Compliance has allowed facts like these to fly under the radar as they have only just posted the statistics Tuesday. The Office of Compliance has stated,” … information indicating that it has paid victims more than $17 million since its creation in the 1990s. That includes all settlements, not just related to sexual harassment, but also discrimination and other cases.” [3]. The congresses ability and disregard of how to spend our tax money is outrageous, and keeping cases such as these secretive, and settle them without public knowledge is absurd. These people in Congress need to be held to a higher standard and be completely, and utterly transparent especially if they are running our government.

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