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Senate backs anti-harassment training for lawmakers, staff

FILE - In this March 10, 2011, file photo, Rep. Jackie Speier D-Calif., listens to testimony during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The Senate has backed a measure requiring anti-harassment training for all senators, staff and interns.

By voice vote on Thursday, lawmakers adopted the resolution that says training must be done within 60 days and each Senate office would have to submit certification of completed training. The certificate would be published on the public website of the secretary of the Senate.

The measure has widespread support and comes amid a steady flow of sexual harassment complaints in entertainment, business and politics.

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota says "harassment of any kind is not and will not be tolerated in Congress."

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa calls it a step to ensure people in the Senate can do their jobs without feeling unsafe or uncomfortable.


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