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Blunt Wants Senate to Pass Anti-Harassment Legislation This Week

Plans to outline bipartisan agreement with Klobuchar by the end of Tuesday

Sen. Roy Blunt is the lead Republican on the effort to combat harassment on Capitol Hill. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senate Rules and Administration Chairman Roy Blunt hopes to pass a bill this week addressing harassment on Capitol Hill.

“Let’s see what the members said at lunch, but it would be great if we could get this done before the Memorial Day break,” Blunt said, telling reporters he needed to consult with his Democratic counterpart on the measure, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Blunt has taken the lead on the Republican side in trying to reach bipartisan legislation to address the issues. He said that he anticipated having legislative language drafted by end of day Tuesday.

Blunt and Klobuchar briefed their respective caucuses on the contours of the agreement during Tuesday’s party lunches, according to Blunt.

Watch: Klobuchar, Blunt Push for Senate to Pass Anti-Harassment Bill

“If you’re personally liable as a member for harassment, you’re personally liable,” Blunt said when asked if the proposed bill would eliminate settlement agreements.

“The current law, the victim in a harassment situation has to have 30 days of counseling. Then there was another 30 day period where you had to have mandatory arbitration and then a 30 day cooling off period before the victim could actually go to court and seek grievance that way. We will be eliminating those things,” Blunt said.

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