By Gary McIntyre
Health care costs are skyrocketing… America’s roads and bridges are in need of repair.
But it looks like members of Congress have FINALLY found something they’re happy to spend our taxpayer money on.
They’re forking over MILLIONS to settle sexual harassment claims against elected representatives.
In fact, they’re practically operating a slush fund.
In testimony before the House Administration Committee yesterday, female members of Congress acknowledged that some of their colleagues are known, serial sexual predators.
And taxpayer money is being used to make the victims go away quietly.
Jackie Speier, a representative from California, said female victims have even had “their private parts grabbed on the House floor.”
Later, in an interview with MSNBC, Speier claimed that Congress has paid $15 million over the past decade to settle sexual harassment claims against members.
And what kind of behavior is that “hush money” covering up? The kind that would get you fired at just about any other workplace in America.
Female Congressional staffers reportedly have a “creep list” of male members of Congress they should not be alone with.
Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia testified that a young female staffer recently went to a lawmaker’s house to deliver documents, and the Congressman exposed himself to her.
The staffer quit, Comstock said – but expect another lawsuit and another taxpayer-funded settlement.
Because of the way that Congress operates, members accused of sexual harassment are almost never publicly identified.
But Speier says at least two members – a Republican and Democrat – are serving right now who have been accused of sexual harassment and even investigated.
More than 1,500 Capitol Hill staffers recently signed a petition demanding mandatory sexual harassment training for both the House and Senate.
Here’s another idea – why don’t we pass a law where American taxpayers stop footing the bill to pay off sexual harassment claims?
The only problem? It’ll never pass Congress.