House Administration Committee Chairman Gregg Harper told his colleagues in a private meeting Friday that one House office paid $84,000 to settle a sexual harassment claim.
Mississippi Republican Rep. Gregg Harper announced the settlement in a closed-door conference, when members peppered leaders for more information about the use of taxpayer money for such complaints.
It is unclear which office was involved, or whether the settlement was for a complaint against a member or a staffer.
Harper also said more than $360,000 in tax dollars had gone toward workplace dispute settlements involving members of Congress or their staff. That’s a small piece of the $17 million that has been used to settle employment disagreements on Capitol Hill. That figure, however, also includes disputes involving the U.S. Capitol Police and Architect of the Capitol.