House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wisc.) said Tuesday is demanding that the entire U.S. House of Representatives must receive mandatory training on avoiding sexual harassment and discrimination. His command came just hours after a House committee held a hearing on sexual harassment.
Ryan said the House will now have a policy of mandatory training for every lawmaker and every staffer. “Our goal is not only to raise awareness, but also make abundantly clear that harassment in any form has no place in this institution,” he said.
The remarks came in the midst of a national discussion on sexual harassment, ranging from accusations against prominent Hollywood personalities such as Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, to Bill Clinton and Roy Moore. The New York Times published an op-ed on Monday by Michelle Goldberg titled "I Believe Juanita" and discussed the long-standing accusations by Juanita Broaddrick against Bill Clinton. In the case of Roy Moore -- the Republican candidate to fill the U.S. Senate seat for Alabama that was vacated by Jeff Sessions -- the former judge has been peppered with accusations by several women that he engaged in inappropriate behavior with them when he was in his 30s and they were teens. At the time, Moore was a deputy assistant prosecutor in Gadsen, a small town in Alabama. At the time, he was a Democrat.