Thursday, October 8, 2009

30 Republican Senators Pander to the Pro Gang Rape Lobby

Al Franken is already kicking ass:
Today, the amendment offered by U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to stop funding defense contractors who deny assault victims their day in court passed the United States Senate by a vote of 68 - 30

Last Thursday, Sen. Franken introduced an amendment (S.2588) to the FY2010 Defense Appropriations Bill that would restrict funding to defense contractors who commit employees to mandatory binding arbitration in the case of sexual assault. The legislation, endorsed by 61 women’s, labor and public interest groups, was inspired by the story of Jamie Leigh Jones, who watched the vote from the Senate gallery today.

Jones was a 19-yr-old employee of defense contractor KBR (formerly a Halliburton subsidiary) stationed in Iraq who was gang raped by her co-workers and imprisoned in a shipping container when she tried to report the crime. Her father and U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Tex.), worked together to secure her safe return to the United States, but once she was home, she learned a fine-print clause in her KBR contract banned her from taking her case to court, instead forcing her into an “arbitration” process that would be run by KBR itself. Just today, Halliburton filed a petition for a rehearing en banc in the 5th Circuit Court, which means that Jamie’s fight is far from over.

And here are your pro gang rape senators:

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)

Ladies and Gentlemen, your modern day Republican party!


  1. unless that gang rape is men on man i don't see these senators being against it.

    to them gang rape is meant to be a sacred, non-consensual, drug-filled bond between a gang of evil, sick men and a helpless, scared woman.

    these senators know that if they don't stand up for what they believe who knows what could happen. a gang rape between a pack of wild dogs and a man? or a coalition of cheetah forcing themselves on a helpless lion cub? for these few senators it is a necessary evil.

  2. Where do they think we are, Russia?

  3. I know that missing votes in the senate is fairly common, particularly on things that already have a massive majority, like this, but still, at least one of the names on the "not voting" list strikes me.

    Not voting:
    Byrd (D-WV)
    Specter (D-PA)

    To sum up:
    Arlen Specter - not for gang rape, but not against it, either.

  4. this is partisan politics at its worst. at best these guys are opposing the bill because the other side is putting it up. at worst they are opposing the bill because they are being pressured for financial reasons by [insert evil corp. here]. hopefully it is not that they appreciate the merits of gang rape. maybe there was something else attached to the bill that made it worth opposing? wishful thinking