Norton Says Defeat of Her Amendment to Exempt Federal Sexual Harassment Rules from Anti-Regulatory Bill Shows Republican Rejection of Needed Changes
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today offered an amendment at an Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR) hearing to prevent federal rules and regulations regarding sexual harassment from being repealed or modified at the expense of enacting new regulations. Norton’s amendment was to a bill introduced by Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC), which would codify President Trump’s executive orders that arbitrarily require offsetting the number and costs of new regulations by amending or repealing existing important regulations that protect the health and security of the American public. Norton’s amendment garnered immediate support from all OGR Democrats present at the markup, who all asked to be cosponsors of her amendment.
“For weeks, Congress has been on the hot seat on sexual harassment and cannot seem to get off of it,” Norton said. “Just yesterday, Democrats and Republicans trotted to the House floor to express bipartisan support for mandatory sexual harassment training and posting of worker rights. That was so easy a change—one I had already implemented in my own office—that the public must wonder why these policies were not law long ago. It took only one day to retract even that progress with today’s vote. Instead of moving forward in the congressional promise to eliminate sexual harassment, we have just doubled down on the unacceptable status quo.”