Conservatives Want to End Taxpayer-Funded Settlements for Sex Harassment

They are lobbying Congress to stop allowing taxpayer-funded settlements for Congressmen who are accused of impropriety.

It is high time that these taxpayer-funded settlements were ended. If the politicians are being falsely accused, they should be encouraged to fight it in court. The system, the way it is now, encourages them to settle in order to make the accusations go away at the expense of taxpayers. This, in turn, encourages people to make accusations even if they are not true.

CNS News reports, “Conservatives Call on Congress to Name Members Who Used Tax Money to Settle Sex Harassment Claims.

A coalition of more than 60 conservatives signed a letter Wednesday calling on the House Republican leadership to take action on a bill requiring the disclosure of members of Congress who used taxpayer funds to settle cases of sexual harassment.

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H.R. 4494,  the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act, was introduced in November by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.).

The bill, which has 100 bipartisan cosponsors, requires “disclosure within 30 calendar days of all settlement payments funded by taxpayers, the reason for the payment and the nature of the allegation, and the member of Congress or congressional staffer implicated in the matter.”

It also prohibits “future use of taxpayer dollars to pay sexual harassment and sexual assault claims against members of Congress and staff” and prohibits “members of Congress from using office budgets to camouflage payments.”

Furthermore, it requires “members of Congress and staff that have ever been named in a sexual harassment or sexual assault settlement paid for by taxpayers” to pay the money back to the U.S. Treasury “with interest.”

The Conservative Action Project (CAP), a coalition that includes the CEOs of more than 100 organizations representing all major elements of the conservative movement–economic, social, and national security–sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) urging that the DeSantis bill be given “prompt attention and passage.”

The letter also included a memo entitled, “No Taxes for Hush Money,” which calls for an end of the congressional “hush fund.” The website NoTaxesForHushMoney.com was also launched for taxpayers to urge Congress to “end this outrage.”

Concerned Women for America President Penny Nance, one of the conservative leaders who signed the letter, told CNSNews.com she loves the bill.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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