Utah’s Rep. Mia Love calls for Texas GOP congressman Blake Farenthold to resign

Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, is sponsoring legislation to make it illegal to pay sexual harassment settlements with taxpayer money.

As allegations of sexual assault fly around Capitol Hill, Rep. Mia Love continues her push to change congressional sexual misconduct settlements in Congress and rid her workplace of inappropriate behavior.

Love was featured in a CNN segment Thursday night, denouncing alleged behavior of Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas.

The House Ethics Committee announced Thursday that it had launched an investigation into allegations that Farenthold had sexually harassed an aide.

In the interview, Love called for Farenthold to resign.

Her Stop Taxpayer Obligations to Perpetrators of Sexual Harassment Act would make it illegal for federal legislators to pay sexual harassment settlements with taxpayer money.

Under the current policy, settlements are kept secret and are paid with taxpayer funds. Since 1997, $15 million has been paid.

Love also supported the announced resignation of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., amid allegations that he had groped women and acted inappropriately. She has also condemned alleged actions of Senate candidate Roy Moore, who is accused of sexually assaulting underage girls.

During the same CNN segment, Love said she was in favor of Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., stepping down. Franks is accused of sexually harassing staffers, allegedly asking whether they would bear his children as surrogates.

“I think that anyone who feels like they’ve done something wrong should voluntarily resign,” Love said on CNN.