Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) claimed that at least two current members of Congress have engaged in sexual harassment during a House panel on Tuesday.
Speier’s comments came during a House Administration Committee hearing on harassment policies on Capitol Hill where she stated: “In fact, there are two members of Congress, Republican and Democrat, right now, who serve, who have been subject to review or have not been subject to review, but have engaged in sexual harassment.”
According to the Speier, who shared her own allegations of sexual assault recently, the harassment incidents range from lawmakers asking staffers if they are “going to be a good girl?” to members of Congress “exposing their genitals” and grabbing “private parts on the House floor.”
The California representative did not name either of the lawmakers in question. Independent Journal Review has reached out for a comment but has yet to hear back.
Speier added that staff members on Capitol Hill deserve to “be able to work in a hostile free work environment.”
“They want the system fixed and the perpetrators held accountable,” she said.
During the hearing, Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.), a member of the House Administration Committee, retold an unconfirmed story she heard about a lawmaker exposing himself to a female aide who was asked to deliver materials to a male member of Congress.
According to Comstock, when the aide arrived, the lawmaker opened the door only wearing a towel, invited the staffer inside and then exposed himself.
The woman quit her job shortly after and the lawmaker remains in office, according to Comstock, who didn’t provide a name.
Last week the Senate just passed a resolution making sexual harassment training mandatory for not only staffers and interns but also for Senate lawmakers.