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Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined Bill Hemmer on "America's Newsroom" to discuss the claims of sexual harassment that are swirling around much of America, including on Capitol Hill.

Blackburn, who is running for retiring Sen. Bob Corker's seat, said she was outraged to learn that the government has paid more than $17 million in taxpayer money over the last 20 years to resolve claims of sexual harassment, overtime pay disputes and other workplace violations filed by employees of Congress.

The congressional Office of Compliance released the numbers last week amid a wave of revelations of sexual misconduct in the worlds of entertainment, business and politics.

She said we must use this most recent slew of accusations as a "tipping point" to finally address the widespread issue of inappropriate conduct in the workplace.

"The lack of respect, the diminishment of women, pushing women aside," Blackburn said. "I have talked to so many constituents, women of my age who've been in the workplace for years, and [they] have said they are really hopeful that we can end this and we can restore respect for the workplace, and that their daughters and granddaughters are going to be heard."

She said it doesn't matter whether one works in politics, entertainment, education or any other industry, it's time to have the tough conversations and demand that "this has to stop."

The newest allegations involve Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), who reportedly paid a $27,000 settlement in 2015 after a female staffer alleged she was fired because she rebuffed his sexual advances.

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