House panel demands records of all settlements for sexual harassment in Congress

Ethics panel tells Office of Compliance to ‘promptly’ hand over records related to claims of sexual harassment for members of Congress and other House staff

The ethics panel in the House of Representatives on Friday demanded records of all settlements for sexual harassment in the lower chamber of Congress.

The announcement comes amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct in politics and intense scrutiny over how such claims are handled on Capitol Hill. It emerged last month that accusations of sexual harassment in Congress are overseen by the little-known Office of Compliance, which over two decades used roughly $17m in taxpayer dollars to pay out settlements and awards to federal employees.

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