Sen. Kaine seeks to publicize harassment cases

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine is asking about the number of sexual harassment claims filed against senators and staffers, along with the amount of money spent on settlement of harassment cases.

Kaine writes in a letter to the Senate Office of Compliance that he will publicly release any information he receives to promote greater awareness of the problem and develop solutions.

The Virginia senator's letter comes as Democrat Al Franken of Minnesota resigned from the Senate Thursday morning, amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

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The House has revealed it paid $84,000 in taxpayer money to settle a sexual harassment complaint against Texas Republican congressman Blake Farenthold. Settlements by senators, if any, have not been made public.

Kaine says sexual misconduct continues to be a barrier against gender equality.