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house Bill H. Res. 630

Should Members and Employees of the House of Representatives Have to Undergo Anti-Harassment & Anti-Discrimination Training?

Argument in favor

Everyone who works in the House of Representatives — from lawmakers to interns — should be required to complete anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training during each session of Congress. This will ensure that the House is a welcoming workplace environment.

Jim2423's Opinion
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11/28/2017
Don’t stop there, if civil Service employees have Mandatory Harassment and Discrimination training annually so should it be mandatory clear to the president and anyone receiving government compensation. Then they all should have mandatory Ethic’s training also.
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Sarah's Opinion
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11/29/2017
Other state and federal employees get this training. Probably a good idea for the President too.
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11/29/2017
Sensitivity and awareness training of racial, cultural and gender bias issues should become a standard for all corporate and governmental institutions, as should routine monitoring and investigation of complaints of harassment, aggression and bribery. The true function of a Human Resources department of any government or corporate institution should operate INDEPENDENTLY of the institution within which they exist. Their operations should be overseen as part of institutional governance by a committee of broad composition and frequent changeover of leadership.
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Argument opposed

There’s no need for all members and employees of the House of Representatives to undergo anti-harassment training. All individuals should be held accountable for their actions, but mandatory training won’t resolve the issues of the past.

Walter's Opinion
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11/29/2017
Why waste time and money trying to sensitize these egotistical numb skulls. Hold them accountable,censure, prosecute and eject as needed. Representatives are professionals and should know how to conduct themselves!
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JonathanLewin's Opinion
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11/29/2017
I don't think that giving them training will do anything. These Congressmen need to be held accountable to their actions. Increase the punishment and make sure that those who are guilty get punished and removed from office. They should not be exempt from their own laws.
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JTJ's Opinion
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11/29/2017
No, we shouldn’t have to spend our money to teach our representatives to be decent people. We need term limits.
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simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed November 29th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
    IntroducedNovember 28th, 2017

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What is House Bill H. Res. 630?

This resolution would require all members, officers, and employees of the House of Representatives to complete anti-discrimination and anti-harassment training during each one-year session of each two-year Congress. It would also apply to interns, fellows, and members of Congressional details. All would be required to complete the training within 90 days of the session beginning or 90 days of becoming employed by the House.

Given that it would take effect during the 115th Congress is passed, the training would be required to be completed within 180 days of the House’s 2018 session beginning.

As a simple resolution that changes the internal rules of the House of Representatives, this bill wouldn’t advance to the Senate if passed by the House.

Impact

Everyone who works in the House of Representatives.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 630

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) introduced this bill to require all members and staff of the House of Representatives complete mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training during each session of Congress:

“Recent cases of sexual harassment both within Congress, and outside in other industries, make clear that we need increased efforts to provide zero tolerance for any form of sexual harassment in Congress. This bipartisan Resolution is a first step and more will still be done. This Resolution reforms House rules so that staff, interns, and fellows have the necessary protections if they face sexual harassment or discrimination in the Congressional workplace. This resolution will also put in the proper protocols and training so that both staff and Members are fully trained on anti-sexual harassment and anti-discrimination procedures.”

This legislation was introduced with the support of three bipartisan cosponsors in the House, including Reps. Jackie Speier (D-CA), Gregg Harper (R-MS), and Bob Brady (D-PA).


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Official Title

Requiring each Member, officer, and employee of the House of Representatives to complete a program of training in workplace rights and responsibilities each session of each Congress, and for other purposes.

    Don’t stop there, if civil Service employees have Mandatory Harassment and Discrimination training annually so should it be mandatory clear to the president and anyone receiving government compensation. Then they all should have mandatory Ethic’s training also.
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    Why waste time and money trying to sensitize these egotistical numb skulls. Hold them accountable,censure, prosecute and eject as needed. Representatives are professionals and should know how to conduct themselves!
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    Other state and federal employees get this training. Probably a good idea for the President too.
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    I don't think that giving them training will do anything. These Congressmen need to be held accountable to their actions. Increase the punishment and make sure that those who are guilty get punished and removed from office. They should not be exempt from their own laws.
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    Sensitivity and awareness training of racial, cultural and gender bias issues should become a standard for all corporate and governmental institutions, as should routine monitoring and investigation of complaints of harassment, aggression and bribery. The true function of a Human Resources department of any government or corporate institution should operate INDEPENDENTLY of the institution within which they exist. Their operations should be overseen as part of institutional governance by a committee of broad composition and frequent changeover of leadership.
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    No, we shouldn’t have to spend our money to teach our representatives to be decent people. We need term limits.
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    I'm thinking addition to this, those with convictions need to be removed from office.
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    Have we really gotten to the point where we have to TRAIN people to not break the law?
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    Congress don’t need sexual harassment training they need to be accountable, transparent and take responsibility for their misdeeds. I remember going to Capitol Hill for lunch and smoking was allowed. These corrupt politicians passed a low prohibiting smoking in federal facilities exempting congressional buildings. Is time to have “Term Limits”!
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    How is this goin to help anything? The government wastes their money on a fruitless idea that won’t solve any problems. People already know what’s right and what’s wrong, they just choose to do the wrong hoping they don’t get caught. If someone is racist they know it and they choose to be because that’s how they feel. Going through training won’t change that. And don’t even get me started on sexual harassment.
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    It should definitely be required for all government employees as well as ethics, how to step away from lobbyists and scheduled required refresher courses periodically and each time the employee is disciplined or promoted.
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    Yes. This is a timely issue that needs addressing immediately.
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    No. They should be be kicked out of Congress. Grown people KNOW what harassment is without training. WELCOME TO SNOWFLAKE LAND IF THIS PASSES! This behavior is another example of politicians thinking that they are American Royalty and above the laws that they are required to maintain. I am personally sick and tired of their behavior - sexually, ethically, and narcissistically!
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    What is so sad, and scary, is that harassment is NOT necessarily common sense.
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    They definitely should. Most people have to go through that training on their job annually. They shouldn't be different because obviously they need it.
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    Why do we pay money to educate horrible people. If they don’t know what sexual harassment is then they shouldn’t be in congress
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    Why does this have to be an issue? Harassment of any kind is wrong! This country is in a downward spiral!
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    I’m sure my opinion will be lost on political correctness, but this is an example of wasteful spending. No CBO tells me this is a reactionary bill. I do not support sexual misconduct by anyone, regardless of gender, religion, race, or what they think is consensual. Innocent until proven guilty, media should report news, not gossip. Sexual harassment in the work place is a serious offense. It is the victims responsibility to file complaints through Human Resources or immediate supervisor, Immediately! It is the responsibility of the employer to take action immediately.
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    And also psychological examinations. There are too many sociopaths in positions of power.
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    More paper shuffling and online check-boxing is not the solution.
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