House Bill 4924
115th Congress(2017-2018)
Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act
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Passed House on Feb 6, 2018
Overview
Text
Introduced
Feb 5, 2018
Latest Action
Feb 7, 2018
Origin Chamber
House
Type
Bill
Bill
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Bill Number
4924
Congress
115
Policy Area
Congress
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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.
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Passed
February 6, 2018
Type
Voice Vote
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Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H797-803)
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 initiating, investigating, and resolving 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 and mediation requirements before an employee may file a claim with the Office of Compliance (OOC) alleging the violation;
  • require current and former Members of Congress to reimburse the Treasury if an employee receives an award or settlement for 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; and
  • extend CAA nondiscrimination requirements and remedies to Library of Congress employees and uncompensated legislative branch interns, detailees, and fellows.

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)
February 7, 2018
February 6, 2018
February 5, 2018
Actions (9)
02/07/2018
Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
02/06/2018
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
02/06/2018
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H797-803)
02/06/2018
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H797-803)
02/06/2018
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4924.
02/06/2018
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H797-813)
02/06/2018
Mr. Harper moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
02/05/2018
Referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, and Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
02/05/2018
Introduced in House
Public Record
Created
Feb 6, 2018 3:11:03 AM
Updated
Apr 16, 2021 7:54:34 PM