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Cortney O'Brien |Posted: Nov 30, 2017 12:30 PM

Americans were rightfully outraged when they learned that members of Congress had used taxpayer dollars to pay settlement claims to alleged victims of sexual harassment.

They were even more outraged when they saw the numbers. The secret payouts for harassment claims, of which there have been more than 200, amounted to more than $17 million. There's no telling so far how much of that money went to silence sexual assault accusers.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is seeking to release the names of lawmakers who used this "hush fund." She's a co-sponsor of the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act, which would require full disclosure of the settlements within 30 days.


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"Like most of my colleagues, I was completely disgusted to find out about this," Blackburn said.

When claims are presented, she explained, the names are anonymous.

"Let's bring the sunshine in," Blackburn offered. "Let's bring some transparency and accountability."

"These have been personal bailouts," she added. "Let's end this."

It's a bipartisan effort, with Rep. Tulsi Gubbard (D-HI) one of the Democrats on board.

“Enough is enough,” Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, one of the bill’s sponsors, said. “For far too long sexual predators have roamed freely through the halls of Congress -- the people’s house -- while survivors of sexual harassment and assault have essentially been isolated, bullied and shamed into silence.”

In addition to unmasking the lawmakers who used the hush fund, the bipartisan bill will mandate that taxpayers get their money back - "with interest," says Blackburn.

Lawmakers are introducing other pieces of legislation intended to combat a culture of sexual abuse on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, Congress passed a bill requiring members to participate in anti-harassment training.

I'll faint if they really do end up releasing the names.
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You won't be the only one. Lots of congresscritters will too.
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I don't want to know. no matter which ones. celebrities or congress I don't need anymore gossip-true or fake. its disgusting
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I don't want to know. no matter which ones. celebrities or congress I don't need anymore gossip-true or fake. its disgusting
If sexual predation is a crime, and if we can ruin a man's reputation by the sheer accusation that he committed them (can you say Roy Moore?), how can we not hold all elected officials to that standard?

Bill O'Reilly did not get the Taxpayers to pay his accusers. But we know who HE is.

How does a nation hold people accountable anonymously? And why should Taxpayers foot the bill for their hidden crimes?
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If sexual predation is a crime, and if we can ruin a man's reputation by the sheer accusation that he committed them (can you say Roy Moore?), how can we not hold all elected officials to that standard?

Bill O'Reilly did not get the Taxpayers to pay his accusers. But we know who HE is.

How does a nation hold people accountable anonymously? And why should Taxpayers foot the bill for their hidden crimes?
I would bet -were there a way to prove it- that a third of congress has done these things. And I'm probably underestimating. I hope they do get rid of all these azzholes. I hope they have training-who knew they didn't?
I am just tired of it and trump and nk. and the tax bill. all of it is a sht show.
America is not what it should be, could be, can be. And that sucks too.
They need to clean house and maybe this is a good way to do it.
I would never trust anyone who can't keep his pants on or hands quiet. He's dangerous and needs to leave now.
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I would bet -were there a way to prove it- that a third of congress has done these things. And I'm probably underestimating. I hope they do get rid of all these azzholes. I hope they have training-who knew they didn't?
I am just tired of it and trump and nk. and the tax bill. all of it is a sht show.
America is not what it should be, could be, can be. And that sucks too.
They need to clean house and maybe this is a good way to do it.
I would never trust anyone who can't keep his pants on or hands quiet. He's dangerous and needs to leave now.
You said you didn't want to know whom they are.


Being a member of Congress should grant no person any special "above the law" rights and privileges. And yet we seem to routinely discover such practices as this by our serving representatives.

If they are allowed anonymity, how do we know whom to remove? And whom should repay the treasury for the hush money.
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I certainly hope they publish the name of every elected official who used the money. And they should all do the right thing and fall on their swords, or maybe just resign. Even if they didn't do whatever they were accused of, they wasted our money paying off to keep their silence.
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Being a member of Congress should grant no person any special "above the law" rights and privileges. And yet we seem to routinely discover such practices as this by our serving representatives.

If they are allowed anonymity, how do we know whom to remove? And whom should repay the treasury for the hush money.
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