ICYMI, This week all 22 female Democrat and Republican senators joined together to demand legislation updating currently out-of-touch sexual harassment laws. The group sent a letter to the migraine-in-human-form, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stating:
“Inaction is unacceptable when a survey shows that 4 out of 10 women congressional staffers believe that sexual harassment is a problem on Capitol Hill, and 1 of 6 women in the same survey responded that they have been the survivors of sexual harassment.”
Adding extra frustration to this common sense bipartisan push is the House already updated their system for handling harassment claims last month and the Senate deal was supposed to be approved this week. But instead, the men fizzled out and the bill has stalled.
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand released a statement summarizing what we’re all thinking, “It begs the questions: Who are they trying to protect?” she says. “I can’t think of any legitimate reason to remove this language other than to protect members of Congress over taxpayers and congressional employees.”
It is incredibly disheartening that we live in a world where disturbing news like this gets twelfth billing to whatever Cro-Magnon drivel our Commander in Tweets has spewed on any given day. Making sure people aren’t harassed and threatened in their workplace isn’t a partisan issue. Period. And if every woman in the Senate can come together to support that fact and the men can’t, it’s just one more reason we should vote those dudes out.