Law passed last year requires training within 90 days of new session’s beginning…
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Lawmakers clashed over an inquiry into whether the House of Representatives will complete its required anti-sexual harassment training on Monday.
Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., submitted a letter to House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., inquiring where the House stands in regard to the workforce rights training, which is required under a resolution Congress passed last year.
“Last Congress, we led a common sense bipartisan proposal to implement anti-sexual harassment training and provide protections to Capitol staff,” Walker said in a statement. “More than 100 days into the new majority, House Administration Democrats have failed in performing their obligation to implement new training curriculum for members and staff.”
Under the resolution, members and staff must partake in anti-discrimination and anti-harassment training.
Lawmakers passed it in December as the #MeToo movement continued to gain support.
Multiple lawmakers, including former Reps. Patrick Meehan, R-Pa., John Conyers, D-Mich., and Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., were ousted or opted not to seek reelection after allegations of sexual misconduct emerged.
Lofgren replied to the letter by attacking Walker, claiming he went to the media with his grievances before sharing them with the committee.
“Today, I learned that you have concerns about the status of the Committee on House Administration’s work in this Congress with respect to workplace rights training,” Lofgren wrote in response. “I learned this not from a letter or phone call from you, but from inquiries from a newspaper and a subsequent news story, both of which indicated that you had questions or concerns and that you would send a letter to me about those issues. I would like to take this opportunity to respond and answer your questions, and to address several misconceptions.”
Lofgren said although the House hasn’t implemented the entirety of the resolution, congressional staff have still received training.
Walker, however, said implementing the training should be a priority.
“In the 115th Congress, we proudly fulfilled these requirements and I am eager to continue this tradition as we transition into the new Congress,” Walker wrote.