Pelosi Statement on Passage of Bipartisan MeToo Legislation
Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616
Washington, D.C. – Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Congress passed the bipartisan MeToo legislation on an overwhelmingly bipartisan basis:
“Today, the Congress made historic progress to uphold human dignity and protect the inalienable right to live free from harassment or abuse. This bill protects everyone in our legislative community from workplace abuse, and helps foster a climate of respect and dignity in our institution.
“The MeToo bill is the product of months of thorough discussions with survivors, advocates and experts, and a year of thoughtful debate with Members on both sides of the aisle. It shines a bright light on the scourge of workplace abuse, which has been allowed to fester in the shadows for too long. It protects the personal safety of all who come to the Congress to serve, by streamlining and strengthening the resolution and reporting process. And it is proudly bipartisan because the fight against workplace harassment and discrimination transcends party or politics.
“When House Democrats take the gavel in January, we will move to build on the progress made by this legislation. We must end the culture of complicity and silence around workplace harassment by ensuring that taxpayer money will never again be used for settlements, and that Members are held personally liable for discrimination in their offices. Congress must also now work with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to forge a path forward to improve protections in every sector and workplace in America.
“On behalf of House Democrats, I also salute Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Congressman Bradley Byrne, House Administration Committee Ranking Member Bob Brady and House Administration Committee Chairman Gregg Harper for their relentless, persistent leadership to craft and pass this vital legislation. This progress would not have been possible without the extraordinary courage of the #MeToo Movement, and we must continue our work to confront harassment and discrimination everywhere.“
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