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During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) stated Congress is “reckoning with this predatory plague that has spread throughout this institution,” and “anyone who has abused their power in this manner deserves to lose it. That is justice.”
Transcript as Follows:
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“Hello, I’m Jackie Speier, Congresswoman from the 14th Congressional District in California.
We are at a moment of reckoning. For too long, in too many workplaces, men and women have been propositioned, grabbed, licked, kissed, and groped. They have seen their careers crumble into dust through no fault of their own. They have been driven out of the industries – journalism, entertainment, and yes, Congress – in which they had worked for years to excel.
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Now, at last, we are reckoning with this predatory plague that has spread throughout this institution, including the very Floor of the House of Representatives.
Now, survivors are stepping forward to say ‘Me Too.’ They are saying that they will no longer be silenced by powerful men, by high-priced lawyers, and by restrictive non-disclosure agreements.
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And now, at last, the reckoning has come to Congress. It is undeniably clear that misguided attempts to protect this institution have instead harmed it, and have left the shattered lives of too many victims in its wake.
Make no mistake: This institution is special. But we as Members of this body are not. It is a privilege to serve the American public in an elected capacity, from city councils and school boards, to the Commander-in-Chief.
And that is why...
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