WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 6, 2018) – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement after the House passed the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (H.R. 4924) and a resolution to create additional protections, such as establishing the Office of Employee Advocacy, for employees of the U.S. House of Representatives (H.Res. 724).
“Today, the House is taking immediate action to renew the people’s trust in their representative government by reforming the outdated laws that govern the Congressional workplace. We are strengthening transparency and accountability, creating new protections for employees, and preventing taxpayer funds from being used to pay settlements.
“As I’ve said many times before, Members of Congress must walk the talk and lead by example. There is no room for sexual harassment in any workplace, and there should be zero tolerance for it on Capitol Hill. It’s a privilege to serve in this body, and I’m grateful for the leadership of House Administration Committee Chair Gregg Harper for his leadership on this bipartisan legislation that ensures all Members are held to the highest standard.”
Note: In December, Rep. McMorris Rodgers wrote a piece for The Inlander on the changes she wanted to see reflected in how the Congress deals with harassment in the workplace. Specifically, she said, “The Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, the law responsible for governing conduct in the congressional workplace, should be reevaluated and updated to reflect these concerns. I believe it’s my job to put a stop to these issues — to lead in Congress on behalf of women and survivors of harassment.” You can reach the full piece here.