STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Sexual harassment overhaul not expected to be in must-pass spending bill this week

The spending bill that Congress is expected to usher though this week will most likely not include sexual harassment ...

Posted: Mar 20, 2018 3:14 AM
Updated: Mar 20, 2018 3:14 AM

The spending bill that Congress is expected to usher though this week will most likely not include sexual harassment legislation to overhaul Capitol Hill's process for victims of sexual harassment, multiple congressional aides told CNN, calling into question the path ahead for the legislation.

The bill, a version of which passed in the House of Representatives last month, would reform how sexual harassment claims are handled on Capitol Hill -- and would attempt to expose lawmakers who have paid settlements using taxpayer money and make the once-secretive process less arduous for victims.

The must-pass spending bill had been seen as the best possible vehicle to attach the legislation, multiple congressional aides close to the negotiations told CNN.

New York Democrat, Sen. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who proposed the legislation in the Senate, blasted Republican leadership Monday for likely leaving out the legislation in the omnibus.

Lawmakers: We don't know how widespread sexual harassment is on the Hill

"I am appalled that House and Senate leadership removed provisions from the omnibus bill at the last minute that would have finally brought accountability and transparency to Congress's sexual harassment reporting process. It begs the question: Who are they trying to protect? I can't think of any legitimate reason to remove this language other than to protect members of Congress over taxpayers and congressional employees," Gillibrand said in a statement. "I demand that Senate leadership bring my legislation to the floor for a vote immediately."

David Popp, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, disputes Gillibrand's account that the legislation was abruptly taken out -- saying negotiations are still ongoing.

"The government funding bill is still being developed," Popp says, "And while this important issue is being discussed, at no time was language from Sen. Gillibrand's bill adopted to the legislation and/or stripped."

The push for legislation started last fall in the wake of the #MeToo movement and came after reports surfaced of how some lawmakers have settled sexual harassment complaints quietly -- some using taxpayer money. Many congressional observers see this spending bill as among lawmaker is the last pieces of significant legislation to make it to the President's desk this year as the midterm elections grow closer.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 19699

Reported Deaths: 333
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah455393
Washington287723
Marion271368
Umatilla212224
Clackamas144337
Malheur70812
Deschutes5488
Lane5353
Jackson4111
Yamhill39912
Lincoln3959
Union3922
Jefferson3243
Morrow3162
Polk30012
Linn25510
Klamath1981
Hood River1740
Wasco1713
Benton1606
Douglas1391
Josephine1071
Coos880
Columbia840
Clatsop820
Crook431
Baker350
Lake320
Tillamook320
Wallowa191
Curry140
Sherman140
Harney100
Gilliam40
Grant20
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Scattered Clouds
62° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 62°
Corvallis
Clear
60° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 60°
Roseburg
Overcast
65° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 65°
North Bend
Overcast
59° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 59°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events