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Senate women unite to urge vote on sexual harassment bill

Posted at 8:14 AM, Mar 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-28 05:00:56-04

(CNN) - All 22 women in the U.S. Senate - Democrats and Republicans - have sent a letter to Senate leadership, calling for a vote on stalled congressional sexual harassment legislation.

In the letter, the women express "deep disappointment" in the Senate's "inaction."

The bill would update the current law from 1995, streamlining the process for reporting sexual harassment and providing new resources for staffers filing complaints.

"We write to express our deep disappointment that the Senate has failed to enact meaningful reforms to the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995," the letter said. "We urge you to bring before the full Senate legislation that would update and strengthen the procedures available to survivors of sexual harassment and discrimination in congressional workplaces."

The House has already passed the measure, but in the nearly two months since, there has been little progress in pushing the legislation forward in the Senate.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said a bipartisan group is working on the bill but provided no timetable for completion.

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