Mysterious Money Helps Congress Settle Harassment Complaints
Congress has paid out a total of $15 million for various harassment and discrimination claims among members of Congress against fellow members. 260 settlements took place from 1997 to 2016. Because of the complex reporting process, we know very little about how many complaints were of sexual harassment, who the harassers were, and who knows about the settlements and payments. We do know this: according to the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, once a settlement was reached, the money was not paid out of individual lawmakers’ offices but from a special fund supported by taxpayer money. On Wednesday, a new bill was unveiled to change how sexual harassment complaints are reported and resolved.
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