Friday, October 16, 2009

Both My Senators Voted “Nay”

I’ve done my best to find out if this issue was one of those “gotcha” votes in the Senate. You know, the ones where it just sounds bad and the opposition forces the vote for political ammunition in the next election. The lack of coverage in the major media outlets says something I guess...but so does this from OMB Watch:

”Franken's amendment, if kept after reconciliation with the House, which it should be, will, as the senator said during floor debate, prevent defense contractors from "using fine print in their contracts to deny women like Jamie Leigh Jones their day in court." Franken and his staff's approach to this reform is smart and laudable. Taking on a specific issue or loophole by making contractors choose between cleaning up their acts or losing money is a surefire way to ensure the former. “

I’ve taken on the concept of contractors once or twice before. I mentioned KBR a long, long time ago. KBR has a long and perhaps sordid history with the U.S. Government.

But defending gang rape ? Defending the power of a corporation -- one doing business with the U.S. government -- to deny its employees access the the courts ? This can’t be true. This can’t be real.

Note that -- once again -- we’re getting the real news from the fake news program.

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Senators Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) voted “Nay”.

Don Brown
October 16, 2009

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