House Speaker Ryan Says Congress Must Combat Sexual Harassment

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan is encouraging members of Congress to complete sexual harassment training and require such training for their staffs.

Ryan calls reports of sexual harassment by public figures “deeply disturbing” and said Congress “can and should lead by example” to combat harassment.

The Wisconsin Republican says lawmakers have approached him in recent days to express concerns about House policies against harassment. The Associated Press reported Friday that female lawmakers say they have been harassed or subjected to hostile sexual comments by fellow members of Congress.

In a letter Friday to all House members, Ryan said he wants to be “absolutely clear that any form of harassment has no place” in Congress, adding that lawmakers have a responsibility to ensure the Capitol is “free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation.”

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