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Walker Co-Sponsored Bill to Force Public Disclosure of Congressional Sexual Harassment Cases and End Taxpayer-Funded Settlements Passes the House

February 6, 2018
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"No more hiding indiscretions or paying settlements with taxpayer dollars. With this bill, members of Congress will be held to account for their misbehavior, just as the people they represent.”

U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today praised the passage of a bill that he and members of the Committee on House Administration introduced – H.R. 4822, the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (CAA Reform Act).

This bipartisan legislation will increase accountability and transparency in the process for reporting sexual harassment and abuse in Congress. It will also hold members of Congress personally responsible for their actions, requiring the Office of Compliance (OOC) to report and publish online every six months information on awards and settlements, and forcing awards or settlements to be repaid by the member to United States Treasury account within 90 days.

From USA Today: House passes bill to force lawmakers to pay their own sexual harassment settlements

"The House passed a bill Tuesday that would require members of Congress to pay out of their own pockets for any sexual harassment settlements and to help victims better navigate the complaint process on Capitol Hill...The bill would require members to personally pay any settlements rather than using their office budget. Congress has come under fire because some settlements against members have been paid with funds from the U.S. Treasury."

Learn more about the legislation here: Walker Co-Sponsors Bill to Force Public Disclosure of Congressional Sexual Harassment Cases and End Taxpayer-Funded Settlements