WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today issued the following statement calling on U.S. Sen. Al Franken to resign, and for the Senate Ethics Committee to continue its investigation:
“We have a serious problem in this country with sexual harassment and assault – in Congress, in Hollywood, in business, in the military – everywhere. I am grateful to the victims who have had the bravery to come forward. Their courage has created a movement that is bringing about change.
“I have listened to them. I have listened to my female colleagues, to women I work with and women in my life. And I agree the time has come for Senator Franken to step aside.
“I also believe the ethics committee should continue to investigate. He is entitled to the investigation. And their findings will be important to informing changes that are needed in Congress. To that end, I am also signing on to Senator Gillibrand’s bill to reform the way Congress deals with complaints. Congress should be held to the highest standards.”