Paul Ryan orders mandatory anti-harassment training for House

TONIGHT: Bret Baier & Martha MacCallum Host a Special Town Hall With Paul Ryan

TONIGHT: Bret Baier & Martha MacCallum Host a Special Town Hall With Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON ― House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday announced that members of the House of Representatives and staff will have to undergo mandatory training regarding sexual harassment.

"As we work with the Administration, Ethics, and Rules committees to implement mandatory training, we will continue our review to make sure the right policies and resources are in place to prevent and report harassment", he said.

Last week the Senate passed a resolution requiring senators, staffers and interns to participate in mandatory sexual harassment training, as lawmakers and staff have grown increasingly outspoken about widespread predatory behavior on Capitol Hill.

"That kind of situation, what are we doing here for women, right now, who are dealing with someone like that?"

Barbara Comstock testified about what she knew, saying it was "important that we name names". All they ask as staff members is to be able to work in a hostile-free work environment.

The policy came after a congressional hearing Tuesday morning, in which several representatives described stories of sexual misconduct involving lawmakers and/or their staff.

Representative Gregg Harper, Republican of MS, who chairs the House Administration Committee, said in his opening remarks, "I believe we need mandatory training, and probably everyone here would agree".

Jackie Speier testified there are at least two current members of Congress - one Dem, one Republican, both male - who engage in sexual harassment.

A Republican congresswoman says she was recently told by a trusted source that a member of Congress exposed himself to a staffer.

She did not name the lawmakers mentioned in her testimony, citing the non-disclosure agreements she wants to eliminate.

One Republican lawmaker, Rodney Davis of IL, said addressing the issue of sexual harassment on the Hill is "long overdue" and that Congress must "lead by example".