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H.R. 4494: Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act

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The Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act would prevent the use of taxpayer money to pay settlements or awards for workplace harassment and discrimination claims.


A 1995 law called the Congressional Accountability Act allows taxpayer funds to be used for paying settlements when members of Congress were accused of sexual harassment. Since then, $17 million of taxpayer money has been paid out in 264 individual cases.

At the time, the law was actually considered a step forward, because it ended what had been a longtime congressional exemption from ...

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Ron DeSantis

Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Nov 30, 2017
Length: 6 pages

Nov 30, 2017


Introduced on Nov 30, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on November 30, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Nov 30, 2017

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H.R. 4494 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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