Senate Bill 3749
115th Congress(2017-2018)
Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act
Became Law
Became Law
Became Public Law 115-397 on Dec 21, 2018
Overview
Text
Introduced
Dec 13, 2018
Latest Action
Dec 21, 2018
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
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Bill Number
3749
Congress
115
Policy Area
Congress
Congress
Primary focus of measure is Members of Congress; general congressional oversight; congressional agencies, committees, operations; legislative procedures; U.S. Capitol. Measures concerning oversight and investigation of specific matters may fall under the issue-specific relevant policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Minnesota
Missouri
Passed
December 13, 2018
Type
Unanimous Consent
Unanimous Consent
A senator may request unanimous consent on the floor to set aside a specified rule of procedure so as to expedite proceedings. If no Senator objects, the Senate permits the action, but if any one senator objects, the request is rejected. Unanimous consent requests with only immediate effects are routinely granted, but ones affecting the floor schedule, the conditions of considering a bill or other business, or the rights of other senators, are normally not offered, or a floor leader will object to it, until all senators concerned have had an opportunity to inform the leaders that they find it acceptable.
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S7540-7548; text: CR S7540-7548)
Summary

Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act

This bill amends the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (CAA) to revise administrative and judicial dispute resolution procedures for certain claims by employees alleging that employing offices have violated their CAA rights and protections, including protections against sexual harassment.

The bill revises CAA provisions, including to:

  • eliminate CAA counseling requirements and make mediation optional before filing a claim with the Office of Compliance (OOC) alleging the violation;
  • require current and former Members of Congress to reimburse the Treasury for compensatory damages included in an award or settlement resulting from the Member's alleged act of discrimination or retaliation;
  • require referral to congressional ethics committees of final disposition of claims alleging CAA violations by Members of Congress and senior staff of employing offices;
  • require non-congressional legislative offices that violate CAA requirements to reimburse the Treasury for resulting award or settlement payments;
  • extend CAA nondiscrimination requirements and remedies to uncompensated legislative branch interns, detailees, and fellows; and
  • provide OOC and CAA resources and services to employees outside of the Washington, DC area.

The bill applies CAA rights and protections to the China Review Commission, the Congressional-Executive China Commission, the Helsinki Commission, the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development, and their employees.

Non-congressional CAA employing offices must develop programs to train and educate employees about their CAA rights and protections and available procedures to consider alleged CAA violations.

The bill renames the OOC the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights.

Text (3)
Actions (13)
12/21/2018
Became Public Law No: 115-397.
12/21/2018
Signed by President.
12/20/2018
Presented to President.
12/13/2018
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12/13/2018
On passage Passed without objection. (text: CR H10192-10200)
12/13/2018
Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed without objection.(text: CR H10192-10200)
12/13/2018
Mr. Harper asked unanimous consent to take from the Speaker's table and consider.
12/13/2018
Considered by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR H10192-10200)
12/13/2018
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
12/13/2018
Received in the House.
12/13/2018
Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S7540-7548; text: CR S7540-7548)
12/13/2018
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S7540-7548; text: CR S7540-7548)
12/13/2018
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Dec 14, 2018 5:25:28 AM
Updated
May 4, 2021 5:04:51 AM