Durham Excused 2 Weeks To Get Counseling

Posted at 10:57 AM, Jan 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 11:57:14-05

Embattled Rep. Jeremy Durham has been granted two weeks to seek counseling after recently announcing that he's stepping away from the GOP caucus.      

House Speaker Beth Harwell has excused Durham for two weeks to get pastoral and professional counseling.  

The controversy stems from allegations that he sent inappropriate text messages to three women on Capitol Hill. At this point, none of his accusers have come forward or filed sexual harassment complaints. 

House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada said Durham doesn't lose his GOP affiliation by disassociating with the caucus, but will not be eligible to vote on priorities or receive joint campaign funds.

Casada said he doesn't know whether it would require a vote to readmit Durham at some later date.

Over the weekend, Durham also resigned from his position as majority whip. 

Meanwhile, Members with the House Democratic caucus have called for a bipartisan committee equally made up with members of parties to review Durham and the allegations against him.