Reed Backs Harassment Training For Lawmakers

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, said he supports a resolution regarding sexual harassment and mandatory training in the House.

The policy will go to the floor today, and Reed said a similar policy has been in his own office’s handbook for quite some time. In a Tuesday conference call, Reed said sexual harassment has been “kept in the dark” for far too long and that the policy is a step in the right direction.

“Sexual harassment in the workplace is unacceptable,” he said. “I’m proud to support this legislation tomorrow.”

Reed said he believes there has been a shift in the culture when it comes to sexual harassment. He said he wants to stand “on the side of victims” and wants to make sure “their voices are heard.”

According to the House Administration Committee, the resolution requires all members and staff to complete a mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training during each session of congress.

Reed also gave an update on the Senate tax reform bill. He said all indications show that the Senate is “on target for this week.” He said there is still work to be done, and after the Senate bill is approved, negotiations will have to be done between the Senate and House bills.

Reed said the hope is to have the finished product to the President’s desk by the end of the year.

In other news, Reed denied it when asked if he will run against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2018. Reed said he is focused on the work in Washington, D.C. He said he is hopeful that he will win re-election and will continue to represent the 23rd Congressional District in 2018.

“That’s not in the cards for 2018,” Reed said. “We never rule anything out down the road.”

A recent column in City and State New York, “Bochinche and Buzz” by Gerson Borrero named Reed as a possible contender.