WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) applauded the Senate for passing bipartisan legislation to reform the process for pursuing claims of sexual harassment or other workplace discrimination experienced on Capitol Hill. The House of Representatives also passed the legislation and it is now ready for the president’s signature.  Portman issued the following statement: 

The American people have every right to expect the highest standards of ethical conduct from their elected leaders, and I’m pleased that both parties worked together to pass this important legislation.  Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize harassment settlements that involve members of Congress, and this bill ensures that members are held personally accountable for their misconduct.  It goes without saying that harassment of any kind has no place in our society and should not be tolerated. This bill will improve the policies and procedures in place to increase transparency, strengthen accountability, and better protect victims of harassment in the workplace. 

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