GOP Sens Vote 30-9 Against Rape Amendment

Yet Sen. Al Franken’s Amendment Passes, 69-30

Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota votes for people over corporations. (Photo:

Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota votes for people over corporations. (Photo:

Following one of the more vile incidents against a woman in American history, the Senate has voted in favor of Sen. Al Franken’s amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that gives the government the right to withhold defense contracts (no small cash loans, either) from companies like Halliburton/KBR (not just that company) that deny employees from taking “workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court,” reports Think Progress.

If you aren’t already aware, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by Halliburton/KBR co-workers in Iraq during the year 2005. After the tragic incident, she was imprisoned in a shipping container for at least 24 hours without food, water, or a bed. If small cash loans could have bought a human conscience, perhaps her captors could have found it within themselves to stop.

Talk and Lose Your Job

Furthermore, she was told that if she went against the company’s mandatory arbitration clause and sought treatment and justice outside, she’d lose her job. Apparently Jones was not alone in receiving this type of treatment. Considering that multiple source tend to corroborate that Halliburton/KBR’s record with cases that went to their “independent” arbitrator, one wonders why they even bothered with the charade of mandatory arbitration clauses.

Here’s What Sen. Franken Proposed

And Here’s the GOP Rebuttal

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) called it “a political attack directed at Halliburton,” and Franken’s response (read the amendment yourself) was that “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.”



For the record, here are the 30 who voted against the Franken amendment:

  • 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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Jaime Leigh Jones’ Response

Jones made an appearance with Sen. Franken following the vote. “It means the world to me,” she said. “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.”

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  • Paul

    You should not exaggerate so much, 10 Republicans voted for the Franken amendment. Of course four of them were women.

    What were the Republicans thinking when they voted against that amendment? Don't they know 51% of the population are women. Lately they have made it a regular practice to alienate minorities of all colors and creeds, now they have alienated the majority.

  • Anirban

    How can someone vote against this unless one is a sick Bastard!!!! Even more surprising is John McCain voting against this!!!! Thank god the guy was not elected. How can someone be a Republican after this????

  • Richard

    Why is anyone surprised?? Think about this. all the republican party has ever or will ever care about is the PROFITS of their frinds companies. It will be hard to believe anyone especially women, could ever vote republican ever again….

    Support that party that supports the real America, not the corperate and rich america.

  • Stevie

    Why am I not surprised that John McCain was among the GOP senators that voted against amendment?

    Thank You Senator Franken, job well done.

  • Peter Stone

    Ordinarily, I don't think that government interfering with business is a great idea. However, if a company is doing anything to interfere with the personal rights of their workers, then by gosh that company has something coming.

    How on EARTH could ANYONE justify not doing something about this? I would cancel every contract that Halliburton and KBR had! This is one of the most brazen shows of corporate fascism being endorsed in lieu of the law and order that Republicans normally advocate for. It's obvious that this party has epic failed.

  • Franrose

    Are you kidding me!? Why would they vote against something like this? The woman was violated to the extreme… by her own colleagues! We, the people of the greatest nation in the world, are supposed to be fully against this type of thing and willing to do everything possible to prevent things like this from happening again as well as provide justice. No one in their right mind would oppose punishment for such a cruel deed. Oh, I see. That's right. We're talking about the Grand Old Party of insensitive slugs.

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