Senate moves toward mandatory anti-harassment training for members, staff

A bipartisan group of senators led by Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) introduced a resolution mandating periodic anti-harassment training for senators, officers, aides and interns. The eight-page bill also orders the Senate to conduct a regular anonymous survey to gauge the prevalence of sexual harassment in its offices.

Grassley introduced the bill with Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) after reports in The Washington Post and other news outlets documented the persistence of sexual harassment, particularly of young female staff members, in the halls of Congress. Leaders on Capitol Hill have been forced to confront the issue after a rash of allegations of abuse and misbehavior toppled movie producer Harvey Weinstein.