Sunday, October 18, 2009


Despite having good fun at the expense of crazy Republicans, the latest news about incompetent Republicans is horrifying. Below is a clip from The Daily Show explaining how the majority of Republicans voted against an amendment offered by Al Franken that prohibits “the Defense Department from contracting with companies that require employees to resolve sexual assault allegations and other claims through arbitration” (h/t ThePopTort Blog):

The amendment, sadly brought to national attention because of the bravery of Jamie Leigh Jones who came forward to describe her horrific ordeal being raped in Iraq while employed by former Halliburton subsidiary KBR. KBR tried to mandate that, before her co-workers gang-raped her and then locked her in a shipping container, Jones had signed away her right to sue KBR and could only seek redress through arbitration with KBR.

Now, you would expect that many Republicans would support business interests over others. But, I never thought that anyone would support business interests over the interests of rape victims! Unfortunately, that is what happened because 30 Republican senators voted against this amendment. Although the readership of this blog is small, I feel that it is necessary to call these Senators out publicly:

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)

I cannot believe how incredibly despicable some of these legislators are.

I believe that it is also important to note the Republicans that broke with the majority of their party to vote for this amendment:

Bennett (R-UT)Collins (R-ME)Grassley (R-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)Hutchison (R-TX)LeMieux (R-FL)
Lugar (R-IN)Murkowski (R-AK)Snowe (R-ME)
Voinovich (R-OH)

NOTE: A slight edit made to the original version because, on a quick glance, it appeared as those who supported the amendment were despicable — not their 30 detestable colleagues.


E. said...

"Although the readership of this blog is small [...]"

Small of number, but mighty of heart! Call 'em out!

I think this vote will come back to haunt these Senators.

E. said...

Hey, did all the female Repub Senators (all like, 3 or 4 of 'em) vote FOR this amendment? Interesting. All the nay votes appear to be dudes.

Mike3550 said...

You are right about the women voting for the amendment: Collins, Snowe, Hutchinson, and Murkowski all voted yea. And, yes, it was a sausage fest in the nay column.

Anonymous said...

hmm... sausage fest?

Lately (longly?) politics makes me want to bang my head against the wall and strongly desire the ability to vote "no confidence" and chuck the whole system.

Mike3550 said...

pitse1eh -- "sausage fest" might not have been the best choice of words, I think that my attempt at humor might have fallen short. But, it is quite noticeable that the list was all male.

I think that our system definitely has problems, but, all-in-all, I think that engagement is better than apathy. I know that you are not apathetic, but it is disconcerting when I see lots of people just throw up their hands and walk away, because I think that is what lets these crazies get into office and do the insane things that they do.

finefroghair said...

It is not surprising they rape the country why not their employees what is a shock that any republicans voted for this at all.

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