#MeToo on Capitol Hill

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Your DGB for today is urge the Senate to take positive action on H.R. 4924

The #MeToo movement has woken up a lot of industries and sectors to the serious problem of powerful men putting their hands (and other parts) where they don’t belong, and getting away with it. This is no less true on Capitol Hill, where there was a spate of scandals that resulted in the resignations of Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken, and in several members of congress deciding maybe they wouldn’t run for re-election, after all. The House passed this potentially important piece of legislation that would update the dusty, old policies and procedures enshrined in the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to reflect what we understand now about sexual harassment and abuse. This legislation would make it easier for victims to report and seek justice, and harder for perpetrators to keep perpetrating.

However, despite initial bipartisan support for a such a bill and promises in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle to do better for victims, enthusiasm seems to have waned in the GOP-controlled Senate. It has been almost three months since the House passed this bill and sent it on to the Senate, and it appears to have stalled there.

Call, email, or corner your senator at Whole Foods - we don’t care how you do it. But ask him or her to put some fire under their colleagues’ collective ass to get this bill onto the Senate floor for a vote. Reach out to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well. Everyone working on Capitol Hill deserves a safe environment free from you-know-what-grabbing, and this bill would take significant steps towards achieving that.