House Leadership, Pass H.R. 4494, the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act

The Honorable Paul Ryan
Speaker, U.S House of Representatives
1233 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Majority Leader, U.S House of Representatives
2421 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McCarthy,

The recent revelation of a Congressional “hush fund” that paid settlements to victims of sexual harassment by Members of Congress and their staffs is shocking, offensive and entirely unacceptable. At least nine public polls taken in November and December confirm that the American public is revulsed, not only by the acts of harassment themselves, but also by the practice of buying the victims’ silence by settlements paid for with taxpayers’ money and hidden from the public through non-disclosure agreements. Clearly, this practice must stop.

One effort to ensure that Congress addresses this issue effectively is H.R. 4494, the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act, introduced by Rep. Ron DeSantis. It has already garnered nearly 100 cosponsors (74 Republicans and 25 Democrats). We urge you to take an active role in ensuring that it is given prompt attention and passage.

We understand that there may be other legislative proposals addressing the same concerns that will soon be introduced. Our purpose here is not to suggest that any one bill is the perfect solution, but rather to urge that deliberation by the Committee on House Administration be initiated promptly. Your encouragement as the top leaders in the House would ensure that this issue is given the kind of serious attention.

Thank you for your consideration.


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