Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) proposed an amendment to the so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill Tuesday that would strip any state of infrastructure funding if the governor was found to have sexually harassed employees.
Ernst filed amendment 2355 to the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that would strip funds for any governor that was found to have sexually harassed his or her employees.
The amendment reads:
“… none of the funds appropriate or otherwise made available under the Act may be provided to any State in which the governor of such State has been found, by the relevant State or Federal authorities, to have sexually harassed employees while holding the position of governor.”
“A sitting governor who harasses and abuses women on his own staff and members of law enforcement must be held accountable, and shouldn’t be getting a dime of Iowa taxpayer money,” Ernst said in a statement Tuesday. “Here’s a good place to start.”
The amendment, if passed with the infrastructure bill, could likely impact New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), after New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Tuesday that Cuomo sexually harassed current and former state employees. James said this serves as a violation of both federal and state law.
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