Republicans: New And Improved With More Gang Rape Than Ever Before

Via Think Progress

In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by her co-workers while she was working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad. She was detained in a shipping container for at least 24 hours without food, water, or a bed, and “warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.” (Jones was not an isolated case.) Jones was prevented from bringing charges in court against KBR because her employment contract stipulated that sexual assault allegations would only be heard in private arbitration.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) proposed an amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that would withhold defense contracts from companies like KBR “if they restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” Speaking on the Senate floor yesterday, Franken said:

The constitution gives everybody the right to due process of law … And today, defense contractors are using fine print in their contracts do deny women like Jamie Leigh Jones their day in court. … The victims of rape and discrimination deserve their day in court [and] Congress plainly has the constitutional power to make that happen.

Watch Franken’s speech:

On the Senate floor, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) spoke against the amendment, calling it “a political attack directed at Halliburton.” Franken responded, “This amendment does not single out a single contractor. This amendment would defund any contractor that refuses to give a victim of rape their day in court.”

In the end, Franken won the debate. His amendment passed by a 68-30 vote, earning the support of 10 Republican senators including that of newly-minted Florida Sen. George LeMieux. “He did what a senator should do, which was he was working it,” LeMieux said in praise of Franken. “He was working for his amendment.”

Appearing with Franken after the vote, an elated Jones expressed her deep appreciation. “It means the world to me,” she said of the amendment’s passage. “It means that every tear shed to go public and repeat my story over and over again to make a difference for other women was worth it.”

Here's the Pro-Gang Rape Republican Senators in your United States 111th Congress

NAYs ---30

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)


Just My 2 Cents said... / Oct 7, 2009, 10:26:00 PM  

Hard to believe 30 of these @$$holes wouldn't support this type of amendment. We need to get these idiots out of office as quickly as possible.

dshey said... / Oct 8, 2009, 2:18:00 AM  

This is horrific. These guys are serious? Better be careful, cause if Fox news ever got wind of this.. they would say absolutely nothing.

dshey said... / Oct 8, 2009, 2:19:00 AM  

Anyone notice that the list contains ALOT of folks from the South.

YesBiscuit! said... / Oct 8, 2009, 8:18:00 AM  

BOTH of my Senators are on this list (SC). Crud.

danny6114 said... / Oct 8, 2009, 10:03:00 AM  

I'm so glad that tool Kit Bond is retiring after this term, Hes an embarrassment to my state.

digitiki said... / Oct 8, 2009, 10:45:00 AM  

Amazing that one of these guys was almost our President! Scary!!

Kevin said... / Oct 9, 2009, 7:48:00 PM  

My question is, why did they vote nay?
Surely not because they're pro gang-rape.
What other considerations where there?
I don't pretend to know, I'm just trying
to see things from all angles, and it's

Battleforkingdom said... / Oct 10, 2009, 4:23:00 AM  

Because their campaigns were contributed by these contractors? hmm

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