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Kai Ryssdal: You have been working on this issue for years. And now we are at a moment when things seem to be working really really quickly. You look, just this morning, Matt Lauer. It comes out, and he's out, and yet people look at Congress and it seems to be grinding so slowly. How come?
Jackie Speier: Because we have a problem. We think we're special here. And one of the points that I've been trying to make is that the institution is special. We are not. And the problem that most politicians have is that they want to be liked, so they don't want to go out on a limb and say that a colleague shouldn't be serving here.
Rep. Speier: It's an embarrassment. It is an absolute embarrassment.
Ryssdal: It takes forever. It's onerous.
Rep. Speier: It is, in my opinion, a process to protect the harasser. We, as members of Congress, have enabled harassers to continue to operate with total impunity.
Ryssdal: On the third hand, what do we do about Congressman Conyers and Sen. Franken?
Rep. Speier: I believe the women. And, if you believe the women, there's a pattern of sexual harassment. Now, they've both been referred to the Ethics Committee. The Ethics Committee has the authority to review, to investigate. They can certainly do that in short order. And they should then provide a decision.
Ryssdal: Do you think they should step down?
Rep. Speier: I think that the Ethics Committee will make their recommendation. I think that the Congress will then have to decide whether they want to censor, reprimand, expel or fine.
originally posted by: carewemust
To show their SINCERITY with
That's the list which shows the assaulters and victims, where our taxpayer dollars have been used to settle Congressional assault claims over the years.