Gardner-backed Legislation to Combat Sexual Harassment in Congress Passes Senate

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released a statement following the Senate’s passage of the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act, sweeping legislation that will overhaul the way Congress deals with sexual harassment. 


In December 2017, Gardner, along with a bipartisan group of his colleagues, introduced the Congressional Harassment Reform Act to begin the process of reforming how sexual harassment is dealt with in Congress. The final legislation that passed this week was a result of those negotiations that began more than a year ago.


“It is about time Congress acted to reform the way sexual harassment is handled,” said Senator Gardner. “As I said last year when I first began working on this issue, sexual harassment and workplace misconduct have no place in America, and certainly have no place in the United States Congress. Taxpayers should never be on the hook for misconduct and every Member must be held personally liable for their own actions. I’m proud I was able to play a role in reforming this process and bringing more transparency and accountability to Congress.”




Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.