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Dem Rep. Pushes for Members of Congress to Undergo Sexual Harassment Training

Vance McAllister, the “kissing congressman,” has, of course, been dealing with a bit of a scandal this week, and so far he’s given no indication he plans on resigning. But him kissing his staffer has inspired one Democratic congresswoman to push legislation for mandatory congressional sexual harassment training. Jackie Speier announced her proposal on the House floor today and said, “This is the House of Representatives of the United States of America. This is not a frat house.”

Speier lamented how a Congress tackling the issue of military sexual assault has harassment issues of its own to deal with, condemning sexual harassment from both parties. She recalled how angry she felt watching male senators interrogate Anita Hill, declaring, “It is just not okay for us to conduct ourselves in that manner.”

Speier’s proposed legislation would require every member of Congress and every congressional staffer to participate in sexual harassment training at least once every two years, a practice Speier pointed out is in effect in the majority of corporations in the United States.

Watch the video below, via C-SPAN:

[h/t Raw Story]
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