We assumed that U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette would have been overjoyed with such a vote, and issue a statement declaring her vote and her support.
We couldn’t find one.
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton did, which is how we even learned of the vote in the first place.
“Sexual harassment in the House of Representatives, or in any workplace, is absolutely unacceptable,” said Tipton. “Everyone has the right to work in an environment free from harassment or discrimination. Requiring training for Members and staff is a good first step to creating a safe and healthy workplace. We will continue to look for additional legislative options to end harassment, make those who perpetuate it fully accountable for their actions, and ensure victims are able to come forward without fear of retribution.”
Congress is also looking at legislation to make sexual harassment payments public when taxpayer dollars are used, as was the case with Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who used his payroll to hide a payout for a sexual harassment claim from an employee.
DeGette did chime in on that debate, and said she thinks accusations of abuse should now be reported to a committee of lawmakers so they can police themselves, rather than the Office of Compliance where it’s now handled, and is tasked with protecting all employees of the legislative branch.