On Nov. 9, the Senate agreed to a simple resolution on S.Res. 330, also known as Klobuchar-Grassley legislation that will require members of the U.S. Senate along with their staff and interns to complete an anti-harassment training course within the next 60 days.
The legislation was introduced by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and co-sponsored by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV). Since the legislation only affects one chamber of Congress, it will not be voted on in the House and does not have the force of law. The vote was by unanimous consent, so no records were recorded.
“Making harassment training mandatory in the Senate sends a clear message: harassment of any kind is not and will not be tolerated in Congress. Period,” Klobuchar said in a press release. “Sexual and workplace harassment is a widespread problem that affects too many women and men in too many places, professions, and industries. Everyone deserves to feel safe and comfortable at work, and the passage of this official Senate policy is an important measure to ensure that’s the case in these halls.”
Once the anti-harassment course is completed, their certification will be published on the website of the Secretary of the Senate and this course will need to be taken at least once during each session of congress.
The legislation comes on the heels of allegations that Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat, groped a 14-year-old in 1979 – when he was 32. Moore has denied these allegations, calling it a “systematic campaign to distort the truth about the Judge’s [Moore’s] record and career and derail his campaign.”
While the resolution was not passed into law and only applies to the Senate, Klobuchar called this a “first step” and has vowed to turn her attention to more comprehensive legislation.