We wanted to make sure you saw Congressman Blackburn’s push this week to end the taxpayer-funded sexual harassment hush fund. Her legislation would also require the names of member of Congress who have used these funds to be publically released, and the legislation ensures that the victims’ names could not be made public.
Please see the stories below for more information on Rep. Blackburn’s latest effort to protect victims of sexual harassment and to hold Washington politicians accountable:
The Tennessean: Blackburn, Cooper bill would out Congress members who settle sexual harassment claims
Tennessee Reps. Marsha Blackburn and Jim Cooper are joining with three other U.S. House members to try to out Congress members who have used taxpayer funds to settle sexual harassment claims. The lawmakers announced Wednesday they are filing bipartisan legislation that would revamp the secret taxpayer-funded system that is currently used to settle harassment claims.
WMOT: Blackburn, Cooper offer bipartisan bill aimed at sexual harrassment claims
The seemingly endless stream of sexual harassment claims roiling the nation are prompting a rare show of unity inside the Tennessee Congressional delegation. Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper are cosponsoring a bill that would make public the names of House members who have been the subject of sexual harassment claims.
WRCB: Cooper, Blackburn file bill to end sexual harassment hush fund
Two Tennessee lawmakers from opposite sides of the aisle are working together to dismantle a secret fund, paid for by taxpayers, meant to keep victims of sexual assault quiet. The so-called hush fund has been around since the 1990s. Sponsors say it protects the predators rather than the victims. Some lawmakers behind it say they had not even heard about it until recently. Congressman Jim Cooper, D-TN, and Congressman Marsha Blackburn, R-TN, said the hush fund is used to help members of Congress settle sexual harassment claims.
Washington Times: Rep. Marsha Blackburn: ‘Hush funds’ used for sexual harassment settlements should be repaid
Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Thursday that any member of Congress who used taxpayer dollars to fund sexual harassment-related settlements needs to refund that money. “They need to pay that money back with interest,” Ms. Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, said on Fox News. She said she did not know who or how many congressmen are on the list of those who have used this money for such a purpose, but said the issue needs to be addressed. “It is inappropriate that there has not been transparency with members of Congress and the American taxpayer. So let’s clean this up,” Ms. Blackburn said.