The Senate Anti-Harassment Training Resolution of 2017 requires anti-harassment training for senators, staff and interns of the Senate
Training would need to be completed within 60 days from the date of passage of the resolution; Each employing office in the Senate would be required to submit certification of completed training, which would be published on the public website of the Secretary of the Senate
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), the Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have introduced a bipartisan resolution mandating sexual harassment training for the U.S. Senate. The Senate Anti-Harassment Training Resolution of 2017 mandates anti-harassment training for senators, staff and interns of the Senate.
The resolution is cosponsored by Rules Committee members Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Tom Udall (D-NM), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Mark Warner (D-VA), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Angus King (I-ME), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Deb Fischer (R-NE).
“Workplace harassment is a widespread problem that affects too many men and women in too many places, professions, and industries. Congress is not immune to this,” Senator Klobuchar said. “That’s why I introduced this bipartisan resolution with Senator Grassley and my Rules Committee colleagues to make sexual harassment training mandatory across the Senate and make it clear that harassment of any kind will not be tolerated in Congress.”
“No one should feel uncomfortable or unsafe at work because of a colleague’s behavior, especially in the halls of the Senate. As a body of elected officials, we Senators have an obligation to set an example. Trainings like this are important for cultivating a healthy and productive environment and setting the baseline standards that any places of work should have,” Senator Grassley said.
“Upon passage, comprehensive anti-harassment training will be a requirement for everyone in the Senate community,” Senator Shelby said. “Senator Klobuchar’s resolution is a common-sense, bipartisan proposal that will make it clear that harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. This resolution should receive unanimous support.”
The training would need to be completed within 60 days from the date of passage of the resolution, and repeated no less than once each Congress. The resolution also included anti-harassment training for protected categories such as race, disability, religion, national origin, and military service. Each employing office in the Senate would be required to submit a certification of completed training, which would be published on the public website of the Secretary of the Senate.