Two female lawmakers accused sitting congressmen, whose identities they did not disclose, of sexual misconduct during a House hearing on Tuesday.
The lawmakers, Rep. Barbara Comstock and Rep. Jackie Speier, are advocating for reforming the House’s sexual harassment policies.
The hearing comes as the national spotlight on workplace sexual misconduct turns to Capitol Hill.
Two female lawmakers accused three sitting male members of Congress of sexual misconduct during a hearing on Tuesday in which they criticized the House’s sexual harassment policies and called for reform.
Rep. Barbara Comstock, a Virginia Republican, told the story of an unnamed congressman who asked a female aide to deliver work materials to his home, greeted her dressed in towel, and proceeded to expose his genitals to her. The aide quickly left the congressman’s home and later quit her job.
“What are we doing here for women right now who are dealing with somebody like that?” Comstock asked the panel, which included representatives from the Office of Compliance and the Office of House Employment Counsel, which deal with congressional sexual misconduct allegations.
Comstock argued that there should be stronger punishments for perpetrators and a safer environment for victims to come out of “the shadows.”
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