The Latest: Ryan says Congress must combat sexual harassment

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Posted: Nov 03, 2017 1:36 PM
The Latest: Ryan says Congress must combat sexual harassment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on sexual harassment allegations on Capitol Hill (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

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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3:30 a.m.

One current and three former female members of Congress tell The Associated Press they have been sexually harassed or subjected to hostile sexual comments by their male colleagues while serving in the House.

The revelations come amid an intensifying national focus on sexual harassment and gender hostility in the workplace, and underscore that no woman is immune, even at the highest reaches of government.

The incidents occurred years or even decades ago, usually when the women were young newcomers to Congress. They range from isolated comments at one hearing, to repeated unwanted come-ons, to lewd remarks and even groping on the House floor.

Speaking on the record were current Rep. Linda Sanchez of California and former Sen. Barbara Boxer, former Rep. Mary Bono and former Rep. Hilda Solis.