New law: Members of Congress will have to settle sexual misconduct cases with their own money

New law: Members of Congress will have to settle sexual misconduct cases with their own money
Congressman Blake Farenthold, R-TX. (Image: Farenthold official website, U.S. House of Representatives)

[Ed. – Keep in mind, this is a double-edged sword.  Settling with their own money means the records of their cases and settlements will be easier to hide.  You know which party that will favor.]

Members of Congress will no longer be able to rely on taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment and sexual misconduct claims, thanks to legislation passed just this week.

The Huffington Post reports that the final version of the bill passed Thursday, “sailing” through the House and Senate by unanimous consent, and will be on President Donald Trump’s desk awaiting a signature by the end of this week.

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The Huffington Post reports that the bill goes a bit further than just limiting cash flow, reforming a grievance reporting system mired in the 1990s: “Under the current law, which has been in place since 1995, Capitol Hill staffers who claim they’ve been harassed or discriminated against have to undergo counseling, mandatory arbitration and a 30-day ‘cooling off’ period before going to court. They won’t have to do any of that anymore.”

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