In the wake of recent allegations of sexual harassment that have now penetrated the walls of Congress, bipartisan legislation was introduced on Wednesday that seeks to prevent such egregious and criminal behavior from occurring in the future and to establish a more effective and efficient system for reporting incidents when they do. The bill, entitled the Member and Employee Training and Oversight On (ME TOO) Congress Act, would create an in-house counsel for victims of sexual harassment and would give both interns and fellows the same protections as paid employees. Counseling and mediation would also become voluntary in the new bill, rather than mandatory as is currently required.

In addition, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced this week that all House members and staff will be required to undergo anti-sexual harassment training. The Senate also approved a bipartisan resolution that requires mandatory harassment training for all senators, officers, employers and interns.

Despite the heightened attention to the rampant and pervasive incidents of sexual harassment and the measures that have been taken to begin to combat these occurrences, there is much more work to be done. In order to show support for the bill, please contact the authors of the legislation Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). Call scripts are provided below.

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For Congresswoman Speier:

My name is _________ and my zip code is ________.  

I want to thank and applaud the bravery of Congresswoman Jackie Speier for sharing her “Me too” experience, and exposing the sexual assault and intimidation that occurs in congress.  In order to make a change and end this cycle of abuse, the first step is to acknowledge the problem. I am proud of Congresswoman Speier for leading the way in DC, and setting the example for change across the country.

I hereby support the Member and Employee Training and Oversight On (ME TOO) Congress Act.

Sincerely,

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For Senator Gillibrand:

My name is _________ and my zip code is ________.  

I want to thank and applaud the bravery of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for speaking out against the alleged conduct of Harvey Weinstein, for supporting the Campus Accountability and Safety Act which seeks to stop sexual assault on college campuses, and for co-authoring the Member and Employee Training and Oversight On (ME TOO) Congress Act. In order to make a change and end the cycle of abuse, the first step is to acknowledge the problem. I am proud of Senator Gillibrand for leading the way in DC, and setting the example for change across the country.

I hereby support the Member and Employee Training and Oversight On (ME TOO) Congress Act.

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