House Democrats Have Not Implemented New Anti-Sexual Harassment Training and Rep. Walker Wants to Know Why

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) released the following statement after sending a letter to Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) regarding the implementation of "training in workplace rights and responsibilities" in the House:

"Last Congress, we led a common sense bipartisan proposal to implement anti-sexual harassment training and provide protections to Capitol staff. More than 100 days into the new majority, House Administration Democrats have failed in performing their obligation to implement new training curriculum for members and staff. The committee should act immediately to set the new training in place to help ensure a safe and healthy work environment for all."

As a member of the Committee on House Administration, and an original co-sponsor of the CAA Reform Act and the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act during the 115th Congress, Walker has been a leader on ending taxpayer-funded sexual harassment settlements by lawmakers.

Walker has also publicly called for congressmen who used the "hush fund" to pay the money back to the taxpayers – even after they left Congress.


Read the full text of the letter here and below:

April 15, 2019
 
Chairperson Zoe Lofgren
Committee on House Administration
1309 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
 
Chairperson Lofgren:

Thank you for your leadership as Chairperson of the Committee on House Administration. You, along with Ranking Member Davis, are instrumental in maintaining the day-to-day operations and organization of the U.S House of Representatives.

In the 115th Congress, the House passed House Resolution 630. As you know, this resolution requires each Member, officer, and employee of the House of Representatives to complete a program of training in workplace rights and responsibilities within 90 days of the beginning of each new congressional session.

In the 115th Congress, we proudly fulfilled these requirements and I am eager to continue this tradition as we transition into the new Congress. Being 100 days into the 116th Congress, I am writing today to request an update on the status of this training program and for a date the House can expect new trainings to be available to Washington, D.C. and District staff and interns.

Thank you again for your bipartisan leadership and dedication to the role this Committee plays in ensuring the integrity of those who serve and work for the U.S. House of Representatives. I look forward to working with you, Ranking Member Davis, and the rest of the Committee to ensure the continuation and success of this program.
 
Sincerely,
 
Mark Walker
Member of Congress