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Lieberman: Name Harassing Lawmakers, Eliminate Slush Fund

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By    |   Wednesday, 20 December 2017 10:48 AM

Calling it "disgusting" and "unconscionable" that lawmakers have secretly doled out millions from the public till to cover up their indiscretions, Joe Lieberman said it's time to out the accused and shut down their slush fund, in a column he wrote for The Hill.

Lieberman was reacting to the steady drip of reports that the Treasury Department has cut $17 million over the past two decades for lawmakers to privately settle more than 250 complaints against them, ranging from retaliation and discrimination to sexual harassment.

"Both houses should immediately release the names of every elected official who has taken advantage of this slush fund," the former Connecticut senator wrote.

"Second, Congress should eliminate the fund altogether, requiring any elected official who abuses or harasses an employee to pay for their own legal representation and settlements," Lieberman wrote.

"Certain members have chosen to use Congress much in the way that Hollywood once used the casting couch. That’s disgusting," Lieberman wrote. "If Washington is going to re-establish trust with the American people, the governing class needs to begin by rooting out this bad behavior and creating new rules to ensure it never happens again.

"To think that we’re paring back on health care, education or defense because millions of dollars are being spent to insulate members from sexual harassment allegations and lawsuits — it’s unconscionable," Lieberman wrote.

"The bevy of harassers who have availed themselves of this secret trust fund have given the American people cause to suspect that everyone in Washington is rotten. If we want to restore public confidence in government, things need to change," Lieberman wrote.

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Calling it "disgusting" and "unconscionable" that lawmakers have secretly doled out millions from the public till to cover up their indiscretions, Joe Lieberman said it's time to out the accused and shut down their slush fund, in a column he wrote for The Hill.
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