Amid the news of sexual harassment brought against Democrat Senator Al Franken, the Congressional Office of Compliance released a list of how members of Congress have are responding to such incidents.
The list totals the number of settlements released and the pay-outs over the course of the last two decades.
The information is broken down by year, via the Congressional Accountability Act, showing Congress has already paid out $934,754 this year in settlements.
Per Bizpac Review:
In the released statement, OCC executive director Susan Tsui Grundmann explained that these cases originate from multiple offices inside of the legislative branch, other than the House or the Senate.
“Based on the volume of recent inquiries regarding payment of awards and settlements reached under the CAA, I am releasing these figures beginning with Fiscal Year 1997, up to and including FY 2017,” Grundmann wrote. “A large portion of cases originate from employing offices in the legislative branch other than the House of Representatives or the Senate, and involve various statutory provisions incorporated by the CAA, such as the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.”
The numbers are truly astonishing, take a look:
Congressional Office of Compliance releases year-by-year breakdown of harassment settlements and awards: pic.twitter.com/vxbezi22wb
— Reid Wilson (@PoliticsReid) November 16, 2017
Over $9.5 million since 2007?!
The released information has some people on Twitter calling for more details concerning the pay-outs, because the money actually comes from taxpayers:
This is beyond a disgrace. Names should be released, and these people should have to repay the government every cent. The government is enabling this behavior by paying hush money.
— Lynn Beckman (@lynn1219) November 16, 2017
I don't mind being dinged for the cost of a defense attorney, but a settlement/fine is paid after a finding of cause , we, the people should not be covering for this.
— Rose von Perbandt (@MiraclesArt) November 16, 2017
Are these claims against Members of Congress.. or also claims against their staffs?
— CJ Hoyt (@CJHoyt1) November 16, 2017
Is this taxpayer money?!?
— Niv Elis (@NivElis) November 16, 2017
Release names. Shouldn't we know since we paid the settlements?
— Elena R🐾🥞🗽🎄🏐⚾ (@ElenaFR) November 16, 2017
But we pay them! How the hell can they argue for concealing information when we pay for their salaries, healthcare, travel?
— Nandini (@nandelabra) November 17, 2017
What the heck happened in 2002 & 2007?
— Aram Zucker-Scharff (@Chronotope) November 16, 2017
Let me get this straight….
bought and paid for by us the taxpayers?
— L.J. (@LJLBeech) November 16, 2017