How to prevent sexual assault on the Hill
The Hill’s editorial board is calling on Congress to require that the Senate Ethics Committee investigate sexual harassment allegations brought against lawmakers.
The Hill’s board of editors on Tuesday called for the committee to investigate whether sexual harassment complaints against senators and members are being taken seriously by members of the committees.
The ethics board investigates complaints against lawmakers and appoints an independent investigator to oversee its investigation.
The panel has a history of refusing to take sexual harassment cases seriously.
In response to the allegations against Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Sen. Joe Manchin, D/WV, the board wrote that they are “unaware of any Senate Ethics Rules that explicitly require the Ethics Committee to investigate such allegations.”
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D・WI, a former sexual assault survivor, also called for a full investigation into Franken.
The Senate Ethics Board will be looking into allegations against Senator Al Franken and Joe Manchins conduct, including his actions on the floor of the Senate, our board has stated in a letter to the Ethics Commission.
We will not tolerate sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior on our campus, board member Sen. Tammy B. Baldwin, the chair of the board, wrote in a statement Tuesday.
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the ranking member on the Ethics Board, responded in a written statement that the board “has not heard any of the allegations made by the former employees and that all the allegations are consistent with a number of other high-profile members of Congress, including Senator Joe Mancha, who was recently accused of sexual harassment by a former staffer.”
A spokeswoman for the Ethics board said in an email Tuesday that the committee “has been actively working to resolve the allegations, which are serious and we will conduct a thorough review of the matters.”
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