US House to vote on mandating sexual harassment training

ANI | Updated: Nov 29, 2017 18:48 IST

Washington D.C. [United States], Nov 29 (ANI): Amid the slew of sexual harassment allegations surfacing, the United States House is all set to pass a resolution that will require lawmakers to undergo sexual harassment training.

The resolution from Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., would require all House lawmakers, officers and staff to undergo an anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training programme during each session of Congress, the Washington Examiner reported.

The Republicans have put it on the fast track for passage under a rule that speeds up debate and requires a two-thirds majority for passage.

The House follows a Senate vote from early November that will require lawmakers and staff in the upper chamber to undergo training as well.

The vote comes amid a wave of accusations of sexual misconduct against lawmakers.

Earlier Rep. John Conyers had stepped down as ranking member of House Judiciary Committee while sexual harassment and workplace abuse allegations are investigated.

A news website published a report detailing a settlement with a staffer who said Conyers sexually harassed her, then fired her after she rebuffed his advances.

According to the reports, Sen. Al Franken, has been accused of groping several women and making unwanted advances on his female partner during a USO tour.

Rep. Joe Barton, recently apologized after a nude photo of him was leaked on social media. (ANI)