It looks like Congress has been having a party, and you can either be sexually harassed or have cake…and they’re all out of cake!
It would appear these establishment representatives, leading members in “the swamp,” have no shame and no limit as to how low they will go.
Apparently, these establishment politicians feel entitled, and they have attempted to make themselves above reproach, or at least comfortably unaccountable.
So, let’s dig a little deeper and see how this all works. (I hope you’re sitting down and have taken your blood pressure medicine!)
According to the Office of Compliance’s own web site, this is what they do:
“The Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (CAA) protects over 30,000 employees of the legislative branch nationwide and establishes the Office of Compliance (OOC) to administer and ensure the integrity of the Act through its programs of dispute resolution, education, and enforcement. The OOC assists members of Congress, employing offices and employees, and visiting public in understanding their rights and responsibilities under the workplace and accessibility laws. The OOC advises Congress on needed changes and amendments to the CAA; and the OOC’s General Counsel has independent investigatory and enforcement authority for certain violations of the CAA.”
Of course that all sounds good, and of course quite innocuous, but where does it mention paying-off victims of sexual harassment?
Anyway, all of this was established back in 1995. This was the first piece of legislation passed by the 104th Congress. Bill Clinton was our esteemed president and Bob Dole was the majority leader in the house. Neither party can point fingers with this one, however, as the bill passed, incredibly, with a 429-0 vote. Everybody was on-board for this one!
Since the inception of this law, it is now being reported that at least 268 “cases” have been “settled” through 2014, with the final number of cases expected to be over 350, counting 2015 and 2016.
What about 2017 you say? Since President Trump took office, there have not been any “settlement” requests. Hmmm, I wonder why that is?
The OOC has paid out over $17 million in settlements to date. And where did this $17 million come from?
The Taxpayers! You and I.
These members of Congress misbehave and “We the People” get to pay for it!
Well isn’t that special!
I don’t recall getting a “thank you,” do you?
Can I hear again how the budget is so tight and that we can’t afford to cut this or lower that?
I didn’t think so.
Of course, when it was attempted to establish some level of accountability somewhere, reporters found that, “It’s not clear how many other lawmakers, if any, in addition to the House administration committee’s top two members are privy to details about the settlements and payments.”
In addition, a source in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office told reporters that, “Mr. Ryan is not made aware of the details of harassment settlements, …and that the top Democrat and Republican on the House administration committee review proposed settlements and both must approve the payments.”
Not to be outdone, a source in Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office indicated that, “Ms. Pelosi also is not made aware of those details, and that they are confined to the parties of the settlement and the leaders of the administration committee.”
They of course are “conducting a full review” of this entire situation and, “working on multiple bills to reform this secretive and woefully inadequate process.”
Of course you are…now that you’ve been busted!
It’s the “same old, same old.” Back in “the swamp,” you get to do pretty much whatever you want without fear of being caught, found, or even being identified.
Why isn’t this story not being pursued tirelessly by the media?
Why isn’t the media demanding some answers here?
Well, I’ll tell you, because this all happened prior to 2017 and President Trump can’t be blamed for any of it, that’s why.
President Trump and his administration are doing what they can, but there are only so many hours in a day, and “the swamp” is big, and it stinks.