Kuster-Backed Bill to Require Harassment Training By Members of Congress Passes House
(Washington, DC) – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to End Sexual Violence, applauded passage of legislation that will require harassment training for all Members of Congress, staff members, interns, and fellows. Kuster co-sponsored the measure which passed unanimously. Earlier this month, Kuster helped introduced the Me Too Congress Act, which will require more transparency, overhaul the flawed harassment complaint process, and provide better support for victims and whistleblowers.
“While working as a staffer on the Hill nearly forty years ago, I was sexually assaulted by a guest of Congress,” said Congresswoman Kuster. “I had not received any sexual harassment training and did not know how to respond or what my rights were. Improving procedures of harassment training in Congress is long overdue and is part of a national conversation that is changing the culture of sexual harassment and assault. We need to address sexual harassment in all workplaces, on college campuses, in our military, and communities throughout the country and the halls of Congress can be no exception. Now we need to step up and pass the Me Too Congress Act so that perpetrators are not shielded and American taxpayers aren’t footing the bill for harassment claims paid by Members of Congress.”