Stop use of federal funds or campaign funds to pay for sexual abuse/harassment settlements

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Recently released data from the Congressional Compliance Office shows that the federal government made payments of over fifteen million ($15,000,000) dollars over the past twenty years to settle sexual abuse or harassment claims against members and/or employees of the United States Congress.   There is no evidence that such funds were appropriated for the purpose in the federal budget.  In one year alone, the total expended was in excess of four million dollars.

By paying these settlements with taxpayer money, and with the names of those involved in the settlement being withheld, there is no incentive to stop such unethical and inappropriate behaviors.

Resolved:  That no federal funds or congressional campaign funds shall be used in the settlement of any cases of sexual abuse or harassment by members of the United States Congress or any employees of Congress.  Payments of any such settlements shall be the responsibility of the individual.

If adopted, these rules would provide additional funding for legitimate government operations.  Further, making the individual charged responsible for the payment of the settlement should reduce the frequency of such incidents.  



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