Training Congress on preventing sexual harassment
Some members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, say lawmakers could use more training on the prevention of sexual harassment.
A Chester County Republican who represents part of Berks, Costello is the co-sponsor of a resolution calling for House members, staffers and other employees of the House to complete such training annually. The training would also involve responding to incidents of sexual harassment.
Costello is one of four lawmakers to introduce the Congressional Education About Sexual Harassment Eradication (CEASE) Resolution. The other co-sponsors include U.S. Reps. Bob Brady, a Philadelphia Democrat, Bruce Poliquin, a Maine Republican, and Jackie Speier, a California Democrat.
"I believe mandatory compliance training for sexual harassment prevention and procedures for response should be instituted for members of Congress and all employees of the House," Costello said in a statement. "This resolution is an important step forward to establishing a clear standard and approach to addressing this issue."
The House Committee on Ethics would certify completion of the training.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has teamed with several senators to sponsor a bill requiring all Senate employees to undergo training to prevent sexual harassment.
"As a body of elected officials, we senators have an obligation to set an example," said Grassley, an Iowa Republican. "Establishing a healthy and productive work environment should be no exception to that obligation. We should do everything possible to make sure our colleagues and staffs don't have to endure harassment if we can prevent it."