Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) is seeking to release the names of lawmakers who used this “hush fund.” She’s a co-sponsor of the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act, which would require full disclosure of the settlements within 30 days.
Using taxpayer dollars to settle sexual harassment claims against members of Congress is disgusting. We're going to release the names of those who used this hush fund, and these individuals will pay this money back to the American people with interest. https://t.co/Wloe8uw0QT
— Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) November 30, 2017
“Like most of my colleagues, I was completely disgusted to find out about this,” Blackburn said.
When claims are presented, she explained, the names are anonymous.
“Let’s bring the sunshine in,” Blackburn offered. “Let’s bring some transparency and accountability.”
“These have been personal bailouts,” she added. “Let’s end this.”
It’s a bipartisan effort, with Rep. Tulsi Gubbard (D-HI) one of the Democrats on board