Senate Backs Measure Requiring Anti-Harassment Training For Senators, Staff

Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., right, question the Republican side as the panel meets to advance the nomination of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy left by the late Antonin Scalia, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, April 3, 2017.  A weeklong partisan showdown is expected as Democrats are steadily amassing the votes to block Judge Gorsuch and force Republicans to unilaterally change long-standing rules to confirm him.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has backed a measure requiring anti-harassment training for all senators, staff and interns.

By voice vote on Thursday, lawmakers adopted the resolution that says training must be done within 60 days and each Senate office would have to submit certification of completed training. The certificate would be published on the public website of the secretary of the Senate.

The measure has widespread support and comes amid a steady flow of sexual harassment complaints in entertainment, business and politics.

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota says “harassment of any kind is not and will not be tolerated in Congress.”

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa calls it a step to ensure people in the Senate can do their jobs without feeling unsafe or uncomfortable.

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