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We shouldn’t pay to cover up bad behavior in Congress



We are disappointed in allegations of sexual misconduct by members of the U.S. Congress, and equally disappointed to learn that in many cases the settlements reached between those in public office and their accusers have been funded by U.S. taxpayers. We have learned that the Office of Compliance, which most have never heard of, has handed out $17 million in taxpayer funds to settle lawsuits against federal employees since 1997. Equally amazing is that despite the fact that our money is being spent to settle claims against our public officials is that there is currently no record of who was accused of bad behavior, or how much of our money was spent on each case. One Wisconsin Congressman hopes to change that. Congressman Glenn Grothman has sent a letter asking that the Office of Compliance disclose the members of Congress who have settled sexual assault claims using taxpayer dollars. Further, he asks that the total amount of sexual harassment related settlements paid through the Office of Compliance be made public, and that all future sexual harassment claims be made public. Congress should go one step further, and demand that no tax money be used to settle sexual harassment claims against public officials. Congress wastes a lot of our tax money, but should not be able to use our money to cover up the bad behavior of those we elect to office.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Kathy Friederich

    December 13, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Mr. Shaw, the same thing is happening in Missouri and I bet in other states across the nation. I also feel the public has a right to the list of legislators and congressman that were paid and how much they were paid. They should also step down. When you support partisanship over morality and trust you should no longer hold office. Thank you.


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