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Rep. Speier: House Has Spent $15M in Sexual Harassment Payouts

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By    |   Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017 10:27 PM

The House of Representatives has shelled out $15 million in sexual harassments settlements over the last 10 to 15 years, Rep. Jackie Speier said Tuesday.

In an interview on MSNBC's "MTP Daily," the California Democrat said "one member of Congress has settled a claim and there has been a taxpayer settlement."

"We do know that there's about $15 million that has been paid out by the House on behalf of harassers in the last 10 to 15 years," she told host Chuck Todd.

Speier said at a Tuesday hearing that two current members of Congress, one Republican and one Democrat, have been accused of sexual harassment, The Hill reported.

CNN reported lawmakers in Congress are drafting legislation to fix the archaic sexual harassment reporting rules on Capitol Hill — and finding the true extent of the problem is being shielded by the current system in place.

Speier said taxpayers should have the right to know if they are funding sexual harassment payouts, but that the current system does not allow for such transparency.

Speier's payout revelation comes amid recent reports of sexual harassment in the workplace — including on Capitol Hill.

In the latest revelation, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Tuesday said she was the victim of sexual harassment as a Congressional intern in 1974.

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