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Golden, Pingree vote for pay raises for sexual harassers despite #metoo movement

Maine’s two Representatives to U.S. Congress, Jared Golden (right) and Chellie Pingree (left) voted to allow federal employees who had been disciplined for sexual harassment or misconduct to receive the same pay raises as their victims.

Washington D.C. – Should employees of the federal government who have committed sexual misconduct or sexual harassment be given the same pay raise as their victims?

That was the question Reps. Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree faced on January 30th, 2019 when an amendment was put forward to suspend proposed pay raises for federal employees who had been disciplined for sexual misconduct or harassment, but still approve a pay raise of 2.6% for all other federal workers.

Both Golden and Pingree voted against the amendment, insisting that federal employees who had been disciplined for sexual misconduct or harassment be given the same raise as their victims.

In the #metoo era, with a heightened concern about sexual misconduct and harassment, many thought the proposal was an appropriate effort to crack down on such behavior.

The amendment read:

“During calendar year 2019, no increase in pay as authorized under this Act may be provided to any Federal employee who has been disciplined for sexual misconduct under chapter 75 of title 5, United States Code, or any other provision of law.”

Text of Motion to Recommit H.R. 790, Federal Civilian Workforce Pay Raise Fairness Act of 2019.

Golden and Pingree joined 213 other Democrats and one Republican to kill the amendment by a vote of 216-206.

Congressman Mike Johnson (R – Louisiana) who chairs the Republican Study Commission said in a press release, “Today, House Democrats voted to reward individuals who have engaged in sexual misconduct with a pay raise. Thanks to their votes, those who have been disciplined for these behaviors will be given the same, across-the-board pay increase that their victims receive. By any objective measure, this is just wrong.

“By any objective measure, this is just wrong.”

Congressman Mike Johnson (R – Louisiana) on the vote to give federal employees who have been disciplined for sexual harassment or misconduct the same pay raise as their victims.

“Unfortunately, this legislation passed the House for no other reason than that the majority party could not stomach a commonsense solution offered by the minority. We are appalled that this is what ‘governing’ has come to in our country. The American people deserve much better than this,” said Congressman Johnson.

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