If the accused member leaves the Congress, the law would give Congressional officials the power to garnish the wages of that former lawmaker in their new job, as well as taking money from an annuity or even out of that member's Social Security benefits.
Negotiations had been in limbo for several months as Senators resisted some of the changes approved by the House - Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi has said the House will move to strengthen its own rules dealing with other workplace discrimination issues, even if the Senate will not.
Another change in the bill removes the requirement that staffers who say they've been sexually harassed, will not have to deal with a 30-day 'cooling off period,' in which they are not allowed to bring a lawsuit, after they make a harassment complaint.
It's the first major change in sexual harassment policies in the Congress since the "#MeToo" movement began.
The bills were passed quickly in both the House and Senate; no votes were taken, as the plans were approved by unanimous consent.