Congressman Tim Ryan Votes in Favor of Stronger Workplace Harassment Training for Congressional Offices

Nov 29, 2017

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan voted in favor of legislation to strengthen and make mandatory anti-workplace harassment training for Members of Congress and their staff. H.Res. 630, which Congressman Ryan was a cosponsor of, passed the House on a voice vote.

“Across the country, industries and organizations are reckoning with the dark reality of workplace harassment – especially sexual harassment. It has become abundantly clear that Congress is no exception. Elected officials here in Washington are being called to lead, and we must answer that call. How can we expect others to follow our example if we’re not willing to fully acknowledge the problem, and take concrete steps to address it? Every man or woman who wants to work for Congress or currently works in this historic institution, should feel comfortable and safe coming to work every day. Congress and our country is better when we have diverse voices in the room. No person should show up at work – either in the halls of Congress, on a movie set, at a restaurant, or for a newspaper – and be forced to worry that it will be toxic work environment or they will be harassed or assaulted.

This resolution alone is not an adequate remedy to sexual harassment in Congress, but it represents an important first step towards reforming the House of Representatives’ system for handling workplace harassment of all types. I was proud to cosponsor and vote for this legislation, and will continue to use my position as Ranking Member of the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee to see that the Congressional Office of Compliance is sufficiently funded to expeditiously manage investigations into all harassment claims. Congress must be a safe place for all women and men who come here to work each day,” said Congressman Ryan.