Ryan Doesn’t Want to Name Congressmen Who Benefited from Tax-Funded Sex Harassment Payoffs

By Melanie Arter | March 20, 2018 | 1:28pm EDT
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) (Screen Capture)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) does not support naming the congressmen who used taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment claims in the past.

At a press conference of House GOP leaders, CNSNews.com asked Ryan: “Do you support revealing the names of members of Congress who used taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment claims in the past?”

“We think that the bill that we passed is the right bill," Ryan responded. "We had a bipartisan bill that the House passed that was led by Jackie Speier, by Bradley Byrne, by Barbara Comstock. We like that bill.  We think that's the bill that should become law."

CNSNews.com pointed out that the bill does not require revealing the names of congressmen who paid off sexual harassment victims with taxpayer funds.“I support the bill, because it was a carefully crafted compromise, and we think it's the right way to go,” Ryan emphasized.

Ryan was referring to the Me Too Congress Act, which stands for Member and Employee Training and Oversight On Congress Act (H.R. 4396). The bill requires sexual harassment prevention and response training. It does not require revealing the names of members of Congress who used taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment cases.

As CNSNews.com previously reported, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told CNSNews.com she supports naming members of Congress who used taxpayer funds to pay off sexual harassment victims as long as the victims agree.

Last month, the House passed the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (H.R. 4822), introduced by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.). The bill calls for the Office of Compliance to make some details of the settlements public, including the amount paid for each settlement and the source of the public funds, but it does not require disclosure of the name of the member of Congress who used the funds.

 

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