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Amodei rips Senate for cutting unwanted sexual advances reforms from costs

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Abundant Pedroncelli/ AP Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., speaks at the 19th Yearly Lake Tahoe Summit at Zephyr Cove, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, in South Lake Tahoe, Nev.

Saturday, April 14, 2018|2 a.m.

Nevada 2nd Congressional District Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Carson City, was highly critical of the Senate for cutting part of the omnibus costs last month that would have barred legislators from using taxpayer money to pay sexual harassment settlements.

Amodei, speaking Monday on Nevada Newsmakers, stated the House authorized unwanted sexual advances legislation months ago and sent it to the Senate. In spite of being applauded for its openness and responsibility, the legislation was cut from the final omnibus bill in the Senate.

” It is not my problem or crusade, but holy mackerel, you have north of 400 votes (in your house). It was bipartisan, from North, East, South and West. Then it does not make it in there?” Amodei said. “No wonder individuals hate this procedure.”

The omission survived because Senate management handed the 2,200-page costs to Congress just hours prior to a final vote was needed to prevent a federal government showdown, Amodei stated. “It was completely hidden,” he said.

A push for sexual harassment legislation grew out of the #MeToo motion and report about lawmakers settling harassment problems quietly utilizing taxpayer money.

More than $17 million has been paid to victims in federal work environment settlements since 1990, inning accordance with the Workplace of Compliance. That figure consists of unwanted sexual advances, age and race discrimination, retaliation and other types of claims.