Rep. Rokita helps write bill to end Congress' sexual harassment hush fund

Congressman Todd Rokita is helping write a bill to end Congress' sexual harassment hush fund.

Posted: Dec 3, 2017 9:56 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2017 11:29 AM

WASHINGTON D.C. (WLFI) — Congressman Todd Rokita is helping write a bill to end Congress' sexual harassment hush fund.

The Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act will help get justice for victims and prevent taxpayer dollars from being used as hush money.

Rokita has been working on the bill with Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis.

The legislation prohibits the use of public funds to pay settlements for sexual harassment or assault claims. It also requires perpetrators to reimburse the taxpayers with interest.

The legislation also allows victims of sexual harassment or assault to make public statements about their claim, regardless of any previous non-disclosure agreement.

"Anytime there is a sexual harassment claim where taxpayer money may be on the hook – that should be put on the internet," said Rokita. "It should be on the government's website so everyone, voters and taxpayers and reporters can see what these claims are about and who's involved."


The House also passed a resolution that would require all members of Congress and their staff to undergo training for anti-harassment.

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