WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) led a group of 14 freshman Republican and Democrat members Friday in calling for the House Ethics Committee to undertake a “full and complete investigation into allegations that Members of Congress have been using taxpayer dollars to cover up sexual harassment lawsuits.” Additionally, the bipartisan letter calls for the names of those involved in these instances.
Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, along with representatives from across the country, have introduced a piece of legislation aimed at prohibiting companies from claiming deductions related to sexual harassment or assault legal settlements.
Sexually harassing behavior in the business, entertainment and political worlds won’t change overnight, but a pair of bills co-sponsored by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick would change how resulting lawsuits are settled.
Spurred by a nearly daily deluge of reports detailing alleged improper actions by powerful men against their employees or colleagues, two bills introduced in the House of Representatives late last week aim to keep the financial responsibility to settle claims on the shoulders of the accused.
There may be no institution more disliked and distrusted by the American people than the U.S. Congress. By its actions and inaction it has earned an awful popularity rating — which it re-enforces almost daily.
Not so sure about your own opinion? Here’s an outrage recently uncovered by the Washington Post that might affect your thinking, and it’s just one among many: Congress’ Office of Compliance has paid out over the last 20 years $17.2 million to settle a shocking 264 complaints of sexual harassment and other Capitol Hill workplace violations by members of Congress and staff.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08), along with Reps. Dave Brat (VA-07), Ken Buck (CO-04), Tom Garrett (VA-05), Jody Hice (GA-10), Mike Johnson (LA-04), Steve Pearce (NM-02), and Scott Taylor (VA-02), introduced H.R. 4495, the Settlement Tax Deductions are Over for Predators Act (STOP Act), legislation to prohibit the deductibility of legal settlements related to sexual assault and sexual harassment as business expenses.
In the wake of media reporting on millions of dollars paid for more than 250 settlements to federal employees, Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick has called for an investigation into the matter.
A year ago, Republicans promised to “Drain the Swamp,” riding the slogan all the way to unified control of the government. They talked the talk, and some, such as freshman Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Trey Hollingsworth of Indiana, even walked the walk, introducing legislation to begin drying out the Capitol’s marshier corners.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) is calling for an investigation into the reports that millions of dollars may have been expended by the federal government to compensate victims of harassment in Congress:
LANGHORNE, PA – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) announced Tuesday that he will travel to Puerto Rico this week to inspect hurricane recovery efforts and meet directly with affected residents, as well as with government and humanitarian professionals on the island. Earlier this year, the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm that destroyed nearly 80-percent of Puerto Rico’s agricultural industry, left millions without power for extended periods and was responsible for dozens of deaths.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08) joined the House Tuesday in passing the Conference Report to accompany the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 [H.R. 2810] which included six amendments authored or sponsored by the freshman representative.