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"Our goal is not only to raise awareness, but also make abundantly clear that harassment in any form has no place in this institution", Ryan said in the statement. She dropped a bombshell allegation in her testimony, saying that two active members of Congress are known to be sexual harassers.

'That kind of situation, what are we doing here for women, right now, who are dealing with someone like that?' Comstock asked.

Amid a daily deluge of stories about harassment in the workplace, female members of Congress detailed incidents of sexual misconduct involving current lawmakers at a House hearing Tuesday on how to prevent such abuse.

Last week the Senate passed a resolution requiring senators, staffers and interns to participate in mandatory sexual harassment training, as lawmakers and staff have grown increasingly outspoken about widespread predatory behavior on Capitol Hill.

"I strongly encourage you to complete sexual harassment training and to mandate the training for your staff".

The legislator remains on Capitol Hill, she testified. One Republican has suggested that if elected, Moore should be expelled from the Senate.

The House hearing addressed the need to update the chamber's policies on misconduct claims, and bipartisan calls to implement mandatory sexual harassment training for both lawmakers and staff. Tuesday's hearing was stark and sometimes graphic.

She also noted that cases between staff members and lawmakers are "very rare" and that mediation cases are overwhelmingly between two staff members.

Meanwhile, several Democrats are sponsoring legislation that would change the way sexual harassment complaints are handled.

Speier told CNN's "New Day" earlier Tuesday that current policy dictates that individuals coming forward with harassment complaints have to go through a three-month process.

"Many of us in Congress know what it's like, because Congress has been a breeding ground for a hostile work environment for far too long", she said in an October video encouraging other staffers to tell their stories.

The lawmaker said that now, if a victim of harassment were to report to the compliance office, they would first be required to undergo mandatory counseling for 30 days. If a member of Congress has been accused, they receive a House lawyer to represent them for free while the accuser does not receive free counsel. "But mandatory training is one very important component of trying to stop this".


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