November 29, 2017
Contact: T.W. Arrighi
Rep. Mimi Walters: Harassment & Discrimination Have No Place in Congress
Washington, DC – Representative Mimi Walters (R-California) released the following statement regarding the House of Representatives passage of H.Res. 630, which mandates annual anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training by all members of Congress, as well as congressional staff, fellows, and interns. Congresswoman Walters cosponsored this legislation. You can read the full text of the bill here.
Said Rep. Walters, “Harassment and discrimination have no place in society, especially not in the halls of Congress. As representatives of the American people, we are held to the highest standards by our constituents. Behavior that does not live up to those standards is unacceptable.
“Recent reports of inappropriate conduct and allegations by those working in Congress are extremely troubling and cannot be tolerated. Everyone deserves a workplace that is free of harassment and unwanted advances, especially from their superiors and those in powerful positions. I applaud Representatives Comstock and Speier for their leadership to combat harassment and abuse in Congress, and am proud to stand with them as a cosponsor of this legislation. Requiring every congressional employee to take annual training will help ensure that staff and Members of Congress work in a safe environment free of harassment and discrimination.”
Walters represents California’s 45th District and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.