Congressional Sexual Harassment Settlements in Spotlight as Pressure to Lift Veil of Secrecy Grows – Breitbart
The number of lawmakers accused of sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct continues to grow, but those who have used taxpayer funds to settle claims in the past remain behind a veil of secrecy.
Now, calls for members who have settled sexual harassment or similar claims to be named is also growing, with lawmakers and government transparency advocates saying Americans have a right to know who has used taxpayer dollars for what is — for all intents and purposes — a slush fund for hush payments.
Last week Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) announced legislation he’s crafting to stop taxpayer dollars paying for settling sexual harassment claims and to unseal those settlement records.
“I’m working on legislation to unseal settlement records, bar use of tax dollars to pay claims against members & staff, prohibit members from using office budgets to camouflage payments (a Conyers rule) & require reimbursement of the taxpayer,” DeSantis tweeted on Wednesday.
It also would require that any member of Congress that settled a complaint using taxpayer funds be named and require them to reimburse the American people.