House Bill Would Name Those Who Have Used Taxpayer Funds to Settle Sex Harassment Claims

( — Legislation introduced by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) last month would require the Congressional Office of Compliance to submit to Congress the names of those members who have used taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment claims, require the members to reimburse the U.S. Treasury, and void non-disclosure agreements so victims can tell their stories.

The “Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act,” introduced by DeSantis on Nov. 30, currently has 88 co-sponsors.

“What does it say about the sincerity of Congress in combatting harassment when members and staff can have taxpayers cover for their misconduct while keeping it all secret?,” DeSantis said in a statement. “This legislation will protect taxpayers by making congressional settlement data public, barring tax dollars from being used to bail out congressional misconduct and requiring reimbursement of the treasury by members and staff who have had taxpayer-financed settlements paid on their behalf.  The bill will also allow victims to speak publicly about harassment suffered irrespective of any non-disclosure agreements.”

According to the bill, “Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Office of Compliance shall submit to Congress and make available to the public on the Office’s public website a report on all payments made with public funds prior to the date of the enactment of this Act for awards and settlements in connection with violations of section 201(a)(1) of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995.”  read more

18 Comments on House Bill Would Name Those Who Have Used Taxpayer Funds to Settle Sex Harassment Claims

  1. With all the leakers in Washington, why in hell hasn’t this been published already ??

    The NY Times can publish classified info, yet they don’t publish this — everybody is covering their collective behinds.

  2. Investigate who set up this slush-fund in the first place?

    Why was this even allowable? Did Congress vote for this? Then how was it devised and funded?



  3. This was the vote when it was enacted in 1995:

    The Congressional Accountability Act was passed by vote of 98-1 in the Senate and 390-0 in the House. 104th Congress.

    Swine. Gingrich was Speaker. Dole was Majority Leader. The Republicans were the majority.

    “Congressional Accountability Act” — oh, sure.

  4. Whoever blocks this is guilty or plans to be guilty.
    This is just one more example of Congress having a different set of rules.

  5. This will be just like the law they passed a couple years ago banning inside trading. They will continue doing what they have always done because nothing is ever enforced against them.

  6. It’s amazing that we need a law for all this. On the whole, people attracted to government are really a special kind of criminal.


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