According to the New York Times, members of both the Democratic and Republican parties are urging Congress to end the culture of secrecy surrounding sexual harassment accusations within the United States government. Their plan includes reforming the ways that claims about misconduct are handled in private, often resolved in out-of-court settlements (using tax payer money), which protect abusers from public accountability.
The discussion comes in the wake of John Conyers stepping aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. Conyers is the longest-serving member of the House. He had recently been accused of inappropriate behavior towards women. He is now under investigation from the House Ethics Committee.
“I deny these allegations, many of which were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger. I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics,” Conyers said in a statement.