Rep. Ron DeSantis to Introduce Bill Banning Lawmakers from Settling Sexual Harassment Claims with Taxpayer Funds
Unbelievable, I know. The arrogance and hubris of a Congress that a) pays off sexual harassment claims with taxpayer money and b) won’t give us the list of names of the offenders is staggering.
Let’s be clear: Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan KNOW WHO THE OFFENDERS ARE. The FACT that they are covering for these disgusting turds who can’t keep their hands to themselves and are sticking US with the bill means Ryan and McConnell should RESIGN.
Can we just throw them all out?
“I’m working on legislation to unseal settlement records, bar use of tax dollars to pay claims against members & staff, prohibit members from using office budgets to camouflage payments (a Conyers rule) & require reimbursement of the taxpayer,” DeSantis tweeted on Wednesday.
On Monday, Buzzfeed reported that Rep. John Conyers’ (D-MI) office had paid an accuser $27,000 to settle a complaint that she had been fired after refusing his sexual advances.
The settlement, using taxpayer funds, was reached outside of the formal reporting mechanism for sexual harassment claims. Last week, Rep. Jackie Speier testified that Congress had paid out more than $15 million over the last decade to settle such complaints.
DeSantis’s legislation will make public all payments funded by taxpayers, as well as the nature of the initial allegation and the member of Congress implicated.
It would also bar the use of any tax dollars to settle sexual harassment claims in which the plaintiff is a member of Congress, or an employee of the House or Senate, and require that any member of Congress that settled a complaint using taxpayer funds reimburse the American people.
“Settlements paid with tax dollars should not be kept secret. Taxpayers have a right to know how their money is spent,” DeSantis said in a statement. “Furthermore, members of Congress cannot be allowed to use the American people’s money as a personal slushfund to cover wrongdoing.”