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Canada Goose sale MARTIN: People who work in Congress many uk canada goose say sexual misconduct is such a big problem. And they point to cheap Canada Goose the fact that there are two congressmen still in office, despite misconduct allegations against buy canada goose jacket cheap them. We’re talking about Democrat Ruben Kihuen and Republican Blake Canada Goose Outlet Farenthold. Does your bill address concerns about the process by which lawmakers are held to account?

buy canada goose jacket BYRNE: Yes, there’s going to be complete transparency. And you’re not going to be able to use your members account, the account that runs your office, to pay off a claim. And this is not going to be something you can sweep under the rug. So this is going to cause a culture change, and that’s what we canada goose uk outlet really want. At the end of the day, we want the culture to change. And I’m canada goose clearance confident with this new bill that that’s going to happen.

canada goose coats MARTIN: Congressman Bradley Byrne, Republican who represents Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

Canada Goose Jackets [POST BROADCAST CLARIFICATION: In this story, we say that two members of Congress, Sen. Al Franken and Rep. John Conyers, have resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct. In fact, Rep. Trent Franks also resigned, for a total of three.]

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