Thursday, October 08, 2009

yay for the al franken amendment

Senate approves amendment

Hopefully it will remain through the final vote + after reconciliation with the House amendment.

Gotta wonder why the 30 GOP members and the Defense Department oppose this amendment. It's such an obvious clause. Yay for everyone who voted for it.

Republican Sen. George LeMieux of Florida echoed some of Murkowski's sentiments.

"I can't see in any circumstance that a woman who was a victim of sexual assault shouldn't have her right to go to court," LeMieux said. "So, that is why I voted for it."

Democratic Sens. Robert Byrd of West Virginia and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania did not vote.

- "Senate passes Franken amendment aimed at defense contractors"
By Cynthia Dizikes, MinnPost

Actually, it should be illegal for companies to require employees to resolve sexual assault allegations and other claims through arbitration. These are crimes; the police/military should investigate them.

The senators who opposed the amendment (all Republicans and all men):
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)

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