The House will require all lawmakers and staff to undergo training to prevent sexual harassment, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announced Tuesday.
The move comes after reports from female lawmakers and staffers that they have been subjected to various forms of harassment by men in the U.S. Capitol, and after a hearing on the issue that revealed more stories from women who say they have been harassed.
"Going forward, the House will adopt a policy of mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all members and staff," Ryan said. "Our goal is not only to raise awareness, but also make abundantly clear that harassment in any form has no place in this institution. As we work with the Administration, Ethics, and Rules committees to implement mandatory training, we will continue our review to make sure the right policies and resources are in place to prevent and report harassment.”
Senate lawmakers announced this week they will also require training to curb sexual harassment.
Mandatory training will likely require a vote of approval by the House.
Current rules do not require any mandatory training for lawmakers although lawmakers and staff undergo ethics training.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in addition to training, Republicans are considering "what further steps we may need to take" to respond to reports from women that they have been sexually harassed.