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Conservatives Call to End Use of Tax Dollars for Sexual Harassment Settlements

Conservatives Call to End Use of Tax Dollars for Sexual Harassment Settlements
(AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 23 January 2018 02:50 PM

More than 60 conservative leaders have joined together in an effort to convince Republican House members to end taxpayer-funded sexual harassment settlements for lawmakers, The Hill is reporting.

The group outlined its concern in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., according to the website. The letter was spearheaded by Let Freedom Ring President Colin Hanna. Others signing the letter included Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Citizens United President David Bossie and Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Chairman Jenny Beth Martin.

"At least nine public polls taken in November and December confirm that the American public is revulsed, not only by the acts of harassment themselves, but also by the practice of buying the victims’ silence by settlements paid for with taxpayers’ money and hidden from the public through non-disclosure agreements," the letter said.

"Clearly, this practice must stop," the conservative leaders added.

The letter highlighted pending legislation that would prohibit use of taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment claims.

"We understand that there may be other legislative proposals addressing the same concerns that will soon be introduced," the conservatives wrote.

"Our purpose here is not to suggest that any one bill is the perfect solution, but rather to urge that deliberation by the Committee on House Administration be initiated promptly. Your encouragement as the top leaders in the House would ensure that this issue is given the kind of serious attention it deserves."

The Washington Post reported that the Treasury Department paid nearly $300,000 since 2003 to settle employment claims against House member offices that included allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination.

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