In the short term, women in the Senate want to take quick action and fire a warning shot at colleagues and senior staff who they feel face little accountability for harassing behavior under the current rules.
“We’ve heard about the procedure that’s in place right now, which is ridiculous,” said Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.).
“It needs to be changed and there are a number of us who are visiting about it and getting it done,” she said.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Rules Committee and Franken’s home-state colleague, is leading a working group made up of members from that panel. She’s also reaching out to other female colleagues in the Senate.
The chamber unanimously passed a resolution co-sponsored by Klobuchar earlier this month that required all senators and staff to undergo sexual harassment training. But senators say more needs to be done.