Rep. Jackie Speier (D-San Mateo) is pushing for an overhaul of the sexual harassment complaint process in Congress, weeks after sharing her own story of being assaulted as a House staffer decades ago.
Speier testified Tuesday morning in front of the House Administration Committee, detailing reforms that she expects to introduce this week.
"It is important for us to move forward, not just with training, but with a comprehensive reform of the Office of Compliance," said Speier.
Currently, victims of sexual harassment in Congress must go through 30 days of mandatory counseling before being required to sign a nondisclosure agreement. After that come 30 days of mandatory mediation and a 30-day "cooling-off period."
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