GOP Rep. Black: 'Deplorable' That Conyers Used Taxpayer Dollars to Settle Complaint
Embattled Michigan Democratic Congressman John Conyers is facing calls from both sides of the aisle to step down amid sexual harassment allegations.
On Thursday, both House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) called on Conyers to resign.
At least three women have accused Conyers of sexual misconduct, and the House Ethics Committee is currently investigating.
On Fox Business Network, Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) said it's "deplorable" that Conyers used taxpayer dollars to settle a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was fired from his staff because she rejected his sexual advances.
"We must be held accountable. We can't be higher than the public," Black said.
She said that's why she's supporting the Congressional Accountability and Hush Fund Elimination Act, which would end secret, taxpayer-funded payouts to settle harassment claims against members of Congress.
"What this bill does is it clearly places into law the fact that we cannot use taxpayer dollars to settle these cases of sexual harassment," Black explained. "But it goes a little a further than that. It actually also says any of these cases that have been there previously that they are made public."
"It doesn't matter whether you're Democrat, Republican, independent, male or female, this kind of activity cannot be accepted."
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